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Turn, Weave, Fire, and Fold: Vessels from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection



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San Francisco International Airport 


Turn, Weave, Fire, and Fold: Vessels from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection 
New exhibition presents an exploration of the vessel in work by Bob Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, June Schwarcz, and James Lovera

SAN FRANCISCO -- Collector Forrest Merrill has an affection for the vessel. Its form, sometimes alluding to the sensuous curves of a human body, holds irresistible appeal for him. So too does its familiar scale, which allows it to be cradled in the palms of one’s hands. Forrest Merrill’s collection contains extraordinary examples of vessels spanning the careers of artists working in the 20th and 21st centuries. Each piece is of inestimable value to Forrest, representing close relationships forged over decades of studio visits and innumerable conversations with the artists; exchanges that allowed the collector to gain insight into their motivations and a more intimate understanding of the works he was acquiring. Bob Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi, June Schwarcz, and James Lovera have enriched his life. Forrest considers his collection of their art, along with works made by other artists, to be his life’s focus. Each vessel represents a conversation, a gesture, and a special memory, but as Forrest insists, “the artists themselves are the real treasures.”

Selections from the exhibition are viewable at

Turn, Weave, Fire, and Fold: Vessels from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from January 25, 2014, to June 1, 2014. There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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