On the outside, looking out
The American painter Forrest Bess was never quite an outsider artist. Though he lived most of his life on the outskirts of the small town of Bay City, Texas, he had some connections to New York. In 1950, after visiting the city and meeting Betty Parsons, the dealer gave him a number of group shows, the last of which was in 1967. Yet Bess’s art always looked out and beyond the art world; what he really wanted was spiritual transcendence through painting. At the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive, the exhibition “Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible” (until 14 September) takes a look at his life and work.
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