Roy De Forest

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1930s

1930

Roy De Forest is born in North Platte, Nebraska.

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1950s

1950–52 1950

Roy De Forest attends the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute).

1953

Roy De Forest earns his BA from San Francisco State College.

1957–58 1957

Roy De Forest exhibits in two group shows at the Ferus Gallery with Billy Al Bengston.

1958

Roy De Forest earns his MA from San Francisco State College.

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1960s

1962

William T. Wiley begins teaching at the University of California, Davis, alongside Roy De Forest.

1963–66 1963

Stephen Kaltenbach attends the University of California, Davis, where William T. Wiley and Roy De Forest are teaching.

1965–92 1965

Roy De Forest teaches alongside William T. Wiley at the University of California, Davis.

1967

Bruce Conner, Roy De Forest, and William T. Wiley are included in Peter Selz’s Funk exhibition at University Art Museum, Berkeley.

1967

William T. Wiley participates in Funk, an exhibition curated by Peter Selz at the University Art Museum, Berkeley. It includes Wiley’s Slant Step Becomes Rhino/Rhino Becomes Slant Step in addition to works by Bruce Conner and Roy De Forest.

late 1960s 1968

Roy De Forest congregates at the Rainbow House at 908 Steiner Street in San Francisco. The house was a place where Davis–Sacramento artists like Bruce Conner and De Forest could mingle with their peers.

1968–72 1968

Roy De Forest is included in group exhibitions at the Candy Store Gallery.

1968

Exhibition announcement for the Candy Store Gallery, including artists Roy De Forest, Gladys Nilsson, and James (Jim) Nutt. Courtesy of Parker Gallery, Los Angeles.

1969

Color Polaroid labeled “Adeliza McHugh and Candy Store Gallery, Folsom. Adeliza, Pascale and Oriana, Roy De Forest.” Roy De Forest papers, 1916–2015, bulk 1948–2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Color Polaroid labeled “Candy Store.” Roy De Forest papers, 1916–2015, bulk 1948–2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

1960s–70s 1969

Adeliza McHugh’s Candy Store Gallery (1962–92) in Folsom, California, becomes an important place for Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt to show and mingle with Funk artists like Roy De Forest.

1969

Infuriated with being defined as Funk artists, Roy De Forest and others coin the term “Nut Art,” which primarily refers to artists teaching at UC Davis.

1969

Roy De Forest has a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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1970s

1970s 1971

Karl Wirsum meets Roy De Forest in California and feels an “affinity” for his work.

1971

Announcement for Roy De Forest exhibition at the Candy Store Gallery. Courtesy of Parker Gallery, Los Angeles.
Roy De Forest, The Dual Life of a Horse Girl, 1971. Acrylic and varnish on canvas; 64 × 63 7/8 in. (162.6 × 162.2 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, 1992.59. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1971

Roy De Forest has a solo exhibition at the Candy Store Gallery.

1972

Robert Cumming and Roy De Forest participate in the Nut Art exhibition at the University Art Gallery of California State University, Hayward.

1972

Roy De Forest designs the cover for the Nut Art exhibition catalogue. As part of his catalogue contribution, De Forest defines Nut Art: “The work of a peculiar and eccentric nut can truly be called ‘nut art’ … the nut artificer travels in a phantasmagoric micro-world, small and extremely compact, as is the light of a dwarf star imploding inward and in passage collapsing paradise and hell to one as it vanishes forever with our joys, sorrows and unrequited love.”

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1980s

1980

Roy De Forest produces prints at Tamarind Institute.

1980s 1980

Roy De Forest has solo exhibitions at UC Davis's Nelson Gallery in 1980 and 1983.

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1990s

1990

Color photo of Roy De Forest with Glady Nilsson, Candy Store founder Adeliza McHugh, and others. Roy De Forest papers, 1916–2015, bulk 1948–2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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2010s

2010

The Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, celebrates 50 years with two exhibitions that feature works by artists including Garo Antreasian, Vija Celmins, Roy De Forest, Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne.

2017

Roy De Forest has a solo exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California titled Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest.

2018

Roy De Forest, Gladys Nilsson, and Jim Nutt are included in the group exhibition The Candy Store at Parker Gallery in Los Angeles.

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