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.