SOSIN DONATES 18 SAM FRANCIS ORIGINAL
PRINTS TO SMC
Santa Monica College is pleased to announce that Martin Sosin has donated 18 original Sam Francis prints to the college, which are currently hanging in the campus’ Library.
“The pieces are beautiful and they make the Library a more lively place,” said Mona Martin, dean of learning resources and head librarian. “We’re extremely grateful for the generosity of Mr. Sosin.”
Some of the prints will be moved to The Madison Project of Santa Monica College, a 541-seat theater currently under construction, when it opens in 2007.
Sosin, a Santa Monica tax attorney,
was the business manager and close friend of Francis, the renowned abstract
painter who created much of his work in Santa Monica, from 1962 until
Francis’ death in 1994.
“I had always promised Sam Francis I would do everything in my power to expand his legacy as an abstract expressionist,” Sosin said. “The Library gives his work wide exposure. And I wanted to commemorate that marvelous Library, to show that SMC is a premiere place to go to school.”
Associated with the Abstract Expressionist
movement and Clement Greenberg’s Post-Painterly Abstraction, Francis
was also influenced by French painting and Japanese art.
A California native, Francis was born in San Mateo in 1923 and died in Santa Monica in 1994. He began to paint in 1944 and studied art first under David Park in 1947 and then at the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Over the years, Francis worked for
long periods of time in studios in Paris, New York and Tokyo while traveling
back and forth to his primary residences in Santa Monica, Palo Alto and
The SMC Library – which recently underwent a $23.6 million modernization and expansion project – has drawn wide praise for its architectural design and state-of-the-art features.
The Madison Project will feature
both student work and professional engagements in music, theater, dance
and more. The $30.78 million center, designed by Zecchetto Architects
of Santa Monica, is funded with a combination of public and private funds.
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