While at a meeting in Tempe, Arizona, I discovered that Arizona State University has a strong contemporary American art collection. An 1987 “Untitled Group” by Viola Frey was almost life size. Frey passed away in 2004. While I was seeing this in Arizona, a larger collection of Frey’s work was touring New York.
The back side of the work is as detailed as the front.
The Ceramics Research Center at ASU is an open storage area in a plaza across the street from the more famous main gallery.
The lowness of the J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Fine Arts Center foreshadows the galleries underground.
From the bright Arizona sun outside, the way downstairs takes a few minutes for eyes to adjust.
At the foot of the stairs is a bubbling fountain.
By the fountain is “Out of the Darkness” (1986) by Stan Welsh.
The main exhibits are back up another set of stairs, to a floor above ground.
On the main exhibit floor, amongst the paintings, “Takiya” (1990) by John Ahearn stands out three-dimensionally.
The freestanding “Nuclear Stockpile” (1985) by Robert Arneson is intimidating.
Back outside, columns and dishes are featured on the plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center.
Walking through the ASU campus, “A” Mountain is beyond the permit parking lot.
A cactus garden is outside Payne Education Hall.
“Celebration” (1984) by Jerry Peart is an obvious landmark.
The ASU campus is a relaxing stroll on a winter afternoon.