Friday, June 23, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
The Mexican Museum
2 Marina Boulevard, Building D
You are invited to celebrate the opening night of Chants and Prayers at The Mexican Museum on Friday, June 23 from 6-8pm. For nearly forty years, Feldsott’s work has defied easy categorization and has invoked controversial responses from his audience. This exhibit showcases selections of Feldsott’s visceral and prolific body of work.
Feldsott’s work was born from a life on the fringes of our culture— from interacting with drug addicts, beat poets and Rock musicians to becoming an indigenous advocate; working with tribal leaders in South America and Mexico. In his twenties, Feldsott was one of the first artists to link the modern art world with the grittiness of graffiti—art that was deemed “without merit” in the early seventies. Sandra Roos, a noted art historian in the Bay Area, said after the movement, “Feldsott was like the Matisse of the (then emerging) punk art scene.” Early in his career, Feldsott had the distinction of being the youngest artist to ever display his works at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and seemed destined for stardom. But Feldsott quickly became disillusioned with the hyper-political art scene and issues of censorship and commercialism drove Feldsott to stop showing his work publicly for two decades.
In 2002, after more than two decades of refusing to show his work publicly, Feldsott consented to an exhibition at the Museo Guayasamín in Quito, Ecuador. This show marked his subsequent return to the art scene he had abandoned. Over the last decade Feldsott has had a number of shows in San Francisco, Santa Fe and Los Angeles and NYC.
We are honored to present his work here at The Mexican Museum!