Sonya Rapoport: An Aesthetic Response 1/12 – 1/26/2019 at Casemore Kirkeby, Minnesota Street Project, SF

The Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust and Casemore Kirkeby Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition of Sonya Rapoport’s rarely-seen major works from the 1970s.

Sonya Rapoport, Lavender Grey, 1973. Pencil, acrylic, and airbrush on canvas, 72” x 142”.

Sonya Rapoport

An Aesthetic Response

Painting and Computer Art from the 1970s

Saturday, January 12th – Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Opening Reception: 6 – 8pm, January 12th, 2019

Sonya Rapoport, Right-On (Yarn Drawing No. 19), 1976. Pencil, colored pencil, stamp and thread on found continuous-feed computer paper, 44.5″ x 55″. Courtesy Estate of Sonya Rapoport.

In 1970, Berkeley, California based artist Sonya Rapoport was using traditional media to produce paintings on canvas. By the end of the decade she was programming computers to analyze and plot data, creating works on paper that function as portraits of her data body.

This wide ranging exhibition of paintings and works on paper reveals the rapid evolution of this prescient artist, one which reflects the transformation of high modernist culture into our present information society.

Please join us for an Opening Reception: 6 – 8pm, Saturday, January 12th, 2019!


A selection of primary source documents originally selected by Sonya Rapoport that relate to the Survey Chart drawings and Nu Shu Paintings can be downloaded here: pdf, 79MB.


Update 1/10/2019: Sonya Rapoport’s An Aesthetic Response at Casemore Kirkeby was selected by the SF Chronicle as one of “Four Exhibitions to See in January.”

…(B)eginning in 1976 with drawings and mixed-media works she made on found computer paper, she built a prolific late career out of an idiosyncratic mix of formal manipulation, design research and computer programming. The drawings, paintings and installations she produced place her among the early pioneers of digital and computer art….

The exhibition “Sonya Rapoport: An Aesthetic Response” comprises painting and computer art from the 1970s, but you may think it was made 20 years later.

–Demerais, Charles, “In the galleries: From photos to Berkeley’s early digital native, 4 exhibitions to see in January”, SFChronicle, January 10, 2019.