Visions of Frisco

Visions of Frisco : An Imaginative Depiction of San Francisco During the Gold Rush & the Barbary Coast Era

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Satty began work on a series of San Francisco collages in 1975. From reading historical accounts of the early city, he realized that most of the existing pictorial record, photos and paintings didn't match the colorful literary descriptions of that chaotic era. He decided to graphically re-create the era, to evoke the visual and emotional experiences of the early city in combination with relevant eyewitness accounts. He researched the writings of early immigrants, later residents, and many other writers who visited the famous spectacle of the developing city. Satty created collages until his death in early 1982. As an interested historian, and a friend for ten years, Walter Medeiros had often been closely involved with him, and especially during the last year of his life. Satty discussed the project with him and took pleasure in showing him work in progress. Satty's will left the project to more

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  • Paperback | 245 pages
  • 226.06 x 302.26 x 15.24mm | 1,088.62g
  • Regent Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587901404
  • 9781587901409

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In their collages the Dada and Surrealist artists used chance congeries to arrive at a paradoxical and, at times disturbing view of reality. Coming to San Francisco in 1961 as a young man Satty was amazed with life there during the Hippie counterculture. In time he turned to the picturesque history of the Barbary Coast in his wondrous collages. He found old books, photos, various historical illustrations and re-constituted them with great artistry into rich, inventive and often poignant images of this multi-layered city of a time long gone. Walter Medeiros, a close friend of the artist, has made his own collage of Satty's collages. He found texts, annals, eyewitness accounts and writings by many authors which can be related by the reader to the spellbinding pictures. The result is a visionary re-creation of a place that was called Frisco. -- Peter Selz, Professor Emeritus "History of Art, Univ. of CA, berkeley"show more

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