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  • Rebecca Solnit, Secret Exhibitions: Six California Artists, San Francisco, City Lights Books 1990
  • Caroline Jones, Bay Area Figurative Art, 1950 – 1965, Berkeley, University of California Press 1990
  • Local Color: The di Rosa Collection of California Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Chronicle Books 1999
  • The True Artist Is An Amazing Luminous Fountain, catalogue that accompanied the traveling exhibition featured in SMITTEN, 2004
  • Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980 : An Illustrated History, Berkeley : University of California Press,1985

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di Rosa
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Traditional Fine Arts Organization: Dunbier on Fine Art Valuation
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PBS American Masters series: Abstract Expressionism
See what many of the work in Rene di Rosa’s collection was rebelling against: Abstract Expressionism, a movement of non-0bjective, abstract painting.

The Artchive: Abstract Expressionism
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New York Times art review:
San Francisco Revolution in Style Recalled in a Traveling Exhibition
Learn about the art and artists behind the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

John Natsulas Center for the Arts
Read about the waves of the Bay Area Figurative Movement that continue today.

Resource Library: The True Artist is an Amazing Luminous Fountain: Selected Works from di Rosa
Read an essay about the Palm Springs, CA stop on the national tour of fifty works from the di Rosa collection.

San Francisco MoMA: Making Art Histories: On the Trail of David Park
Explore how art history emerges from the many different and often contradictory art practices simultaneously occurring in any particular time or region.

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Many of the artists whose work is in Rene’s collection are also in these museums:

Museum of Contemporary Art

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum

Oakland Museum of California

Hirshhorn Museum

San Jose Museum of Art

Katzen Museum at American University

The Contemporary Museum

Pasadena Museum of California Art

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