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Franklin Williams
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To the Max!
di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA
September 8, 2023–August 25, 2024

Desire and Obsession
Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
March 7–April 13, 2024

Franklin Williams (b. 1940 in Ogden, UT; lives and works in Petaluma, CA) is a critical yet underrepresented Bay Area figure whose work defies the parameters of the Funk, Nut, Visionary and Pattern & Decoration movements. Since the early 1960s, the artist has maintained an idiosyncratic approach to art-making, creating intricately constructed sculptures, paintings, and works on paper using a range of techniques and processes, including stitching yarn and crochet thread directly into his supports. Influenced by household craft traditions and historical styles of ornament, Williams’s deeply personal work—rich with material and conceptual experimentation—addresses elemental themes of sexuality and desire, fantasy and reality, life and death.

Recent solo exhibitions include those held at Parker Gallery, Los Angeles (2022, 2019, 2017) and the Sonoma County Art Museum, Santa Rosa, CA (2017). In 1967, the artist’s work was included in the legendary Funk exhibition organized by Peter Selz at the Berkeley Art Museum. Recent group exhibitions include With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2019; travels to the Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY); Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2019); and Jean Conner, Wally Hedrick, Deborah Remington and Franklin Williams, Karma, New York (2017). His work is held in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Oakland Art Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; San Jose Museum of Art; and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, among others.

452 pages
11 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches (28.8 x 28.8 cm)
By Laura Whitcomb
With texts by Peter Frank, Jim Newman, Gene Youngblood, Jay Sanders and Antoine Thirion
Published by Label Curatorial
December 2021


Perfect bound, 104 pages
9 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches (24 × 16.5 cm)
Text by Franklin Williams, Cambria Williams
Introduction Stuart Williams
Design by Purtill Family Business
Edition of 500
Purple Gate Press
June 2021


Paperback, 224 pages
Edited by Jenelle Porter
Published by The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Perfect bound, 44 pages
12 1/4 × 10 1/4 inches (31.1 × 26 cm)
Text by Susan Landauer
Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA, 2018

Envelope, 33 pages
12 × 9 inches (22.8 × 30.5 cm)
Essay by Eli Diner
Design by Folder Studio
Edition of 250
Parker Gallery
September 2017


Artforum — March 1st, 2023
Review: Franklin Williams at Parker Gallery
Artsy — June 18th, 2020
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Artnews — February 26th, 2020
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Frieze — January 8th, 2020
The Tender Refuge of Franklin Williams’s Woven Self-Portraits
In Other Words — December 18th, 2019
Change in the West: LA's most exciting art was found beyond the museums
Artforum — December 6th, 2019
Franklin Williams at Parker Gallery
Hyperallergic — September 10th, 2019
Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Fall 2019
Hyperallergic — March 8th, 2019
The Independent Art Fair Embraces Color and Abstraction
The New York Times — March 7th, 2019
Armory Fair Week: Your Survival Guide
Fabrik Magazine — January 22nd, 2018
Parker Gallery - Franklin Williams: 1963-73
Hyperallergic — December 20th, 2017
Best of 2017: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States
Bomb Magazine — December 14th, 2017
Looking Back on 2017: Art
Hyperallergic — December 10th, 2017
Four Bay Area Iconoclasts and Eccentrics
Artcritical — December 9th, 2017
Painterland: Four From California
Flash Art — November 1st, 2017
Franklin Williams at Parker Gallery
Artforum — October 23rd, 2017
Franklin Williams
Hyperallergic — August 30th, 2017
The Intimate Abstractions of Franklin Williams, an Unsung Master from the ’60s
Contemporary Art Daily — August 6th, 2017
“Nut Art” at Parker Gallery
Hyperallergic — July 14th, 2017
Revisiting the Witty Work of 1970s Bay Area Nut Artists
Contemporary Art Review LA — June 15th, 2017
Nut Art at Parker Gallery
Parker Gallery is open Wednesday–Saturday, 12–6pm