Welcome to the world of William Brice
Welcome to WilliamBrice.org, an Online Museum Dedicated to the Art and Life of William Brice and to Art in General—and to this, Our Premier Blog Post.
I have tended to live in such a way that I could concentrate and that I could, in a sense, immerse myself in what I was doing. My accompanying activity was teaching…[It] was a way for me to do something that I really believe in very strongly, which has to do with the participation in the continuity of art, on the ongoing-ness of art. I felt very much connected, indebted, to the persons who had taught me. When I looked at work of artists, it was as if they were alive again, with me.
William Brice’s Semi-Retrospective, MoCA, 1986
William Brice had a revered and unique voice in art and its development in Southern California, and so I hope this blog posts will become a lively and stimulating forum for many voices to similarly participate “in the continuity of art, on the on-going-ness of art”.
Thus, it is my enormous pleasure to welcome readers to this Website and premier blog.
I am John Brice, the son of artist William Brice, and the President of the Brice Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to educate the public about the art and life of William Brice (1921-2008), and about art in general through exhibitions; loans of artwork; publication of educational materials; sponsorship of seminars; and other activities as may promote these goals. The Foundation’s site, WilliamBrice.org, is a virtual William Brice museum, and also forms part of the Foundation’s overall mission.
The Foundation’s vision and future purpose is to support exhibitions of Brice work, either in sole exhibitions or in group exhibitions arranged around different themes. The Foundation’s efforts include mounting retrospectives, nationally andinternationally. Many are aware of one portion of Brice’s prolific career but not others. Intriguingly, as well, there are approximately 20 years of Brice work that remain mostly unknown to curators, collectors and the public, which offer insights and appreciation for his full, deep and remarkable artistic journey over his 73-year career, and since his 1986 MoCA mid-career retrospective.
I hope you will find our blogs worthwhile and entertaining, and that you will look forward to future posts. These blogs will cover a range of topic areas about Brice’s fascinating life and various aspects of his work, including his contexts as a New Yorker born into the world of the arts, and as an Angelino and a Californian artist.
Blog contributors will be “voices” from the Foundation as well as invited bloggers, who we look forward to their explorations of related topics and themes to Brice. We will also occasionally respond to reader’s comments in blog posts. Indeed, we hope that some writers of particularly salient comments might be willing to expand on them by contributing posts for this blog, and so add their voices to the “the ongoing-ness of art”.
Please stay tuned.
President of the Brice Charitable Foundation.