SF Chronicle Datebook
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Arts & Ends: Sonoma State celebrates University Art Gallery at 40
By Jesse Hamlin October 29, 2018
One of Ronald Reagan’s last acts as governor of California was to sign the 1974 bill giving Sonoma State University $2.3 million to build the graceful redwood-and-glass Art Building on the bucolic Rohnert Park campus.
Before the conifer-shaded complex and its spacious University Art Gallery opened in ’78, faculty artists put up shows in the lobby of Darwin Hall. It was less than optimal but provided a place in the North Bay to see work by notable local and international artists like Wally Hedrick, Nathan Oliveira and Christo, whose 1976 “Running Fence” wove across the brown Sonoma hills into the Pacific Ocean.
The show documenting that celebrated piece was co-curated by painter-printmaker Inez Storer, who taught at Sonoma State and organized the gallery’s inaugural show, “Northern California Artists.”
SF Arts Supplement,
Sunday, December 3, 2017
By Bonnie Gangelhoff; Southwest Art: Fine Art of Today's West, August 2006.
"Some wonderful mysteries. Startling disclosures. Strange secrets. The phrases are written in childlike script across a recent work by California artist Inez Storer. To the casual observer, they may seem like promotional pitches from the dust jacket of the latest page-turner. Spend time with Storer, though, and it's soon evident that the phrases directly relate to her life and art, which are influenced by everything from World War II to Hollywood's early film days to the Russian Revolution. At 73, Storer, more than many artists, has an intimate knowledge of the way history turns the world as well as individual lives upside down..."
Painting in the Subjunctive Mode: Inez Storer and the Art of Possibilites by Andrea Pappas; Theatrical Realism: The Art of Inez Storer
"Inez Storer delivers heavy messages with a light hand. Clothing the profound in blithe garments, she contributes to a tradition shared with many other artists on the West Coast. Consonant with that California tradition, her artistic enterprise both joins with the mainstream of contemporary American art centered in New York and emphatically departs from it..."
Allow Nothing to Worry You; recent publication of a survey Storer's work including images from the mid-fifties to the present and also essays from various art critics and publications. Designed and produced by Griff Williams, Gallery 16, San Francisco. Essay by Bill Berkson.
Inez Storer; Memories from the Backlot. Essay by Paul Liberatore
Inez Storer: Memories from the Backlot, September, 2015. Seager Gray Gallery
Inez Storer: Made up Stories from an Imagined Past, December, 2012, Seager Gray Gallery