Cocktails for 5 in My Studio, 2018
Born 1937 Cincinnati Ohio.
Studied painting and sculpture Cincinnati Art Academy 1955-1959.
Moved to San Francisco 1959. US Army, Germany, 1960-63.
Curator Richmond Art Center 1968-1971. Organized Invisible Painting and Sculpture 1969
Worked under the name Allan Fish 1969-1971.
Founding Director Museum of Conceptual Art, 1970-1984. In the 1970s organized the exhibitions Sound Sculpture As, Body Works (video)1970, All Night Sculptures 1973 (among others). Consultant for Public Art Embarcadero Project SF 1992.
Key art works: One Second Sculpture 1969, The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art 1970, Drawing a Line as Far as I Can Reach and Drum Brush Drawings 1972, The Power of Suggestion 1979, Room for Interpretation 1979.
Radio: KPFA Berkeley, Sound Art series 1970-73; WDR, Cologne Germany: Yellow Sound for Kandinsky 1990. KQED TV San Francisco, produced Actions by Sculptors for the Home Audience 1973.
Magazine: Founding editor and designer VISION magazine, published by Crown Point Press, 1975-1981. Issues: California, Eastern Europe, New York City, Artist Talks (phonograph records), and Artist Photographs (loose leaf in a box).
Music: Founded three bands: MOCA Ensemble, performed at Edinburgh Festival 1973; The Art Orchestra, performed at Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco. 1997; Buddhist Band, performed at Yerba Buena Center, 2004.
Movie: Produced A Motion Picture, 18 San Francisco Artists, shown at the de Young Museum 2005.
Published books: Writings on Art 1999, Beer, Art and Philosophy 2003, Fabliaux 2009.
Guest artist: Pilchuck Glass School Washington State, 1990; Fabric Workshop Philadelphia, 1991; Crown Point Press San Francisco numerous from 1974.
Guest instructor: UC Berkeley, UCLA, CCAC, SF State, SFAI, Form und Farb Zurich.
Fellowships and Grants: Guggenheim 1981. Three NEA grants in the 1970s. Asain Cultural Council travel grant Japan 1986.
Exhibitions and performances: Europe, Japan, USA. Kunstsaele, Berlin, 2014.
Public collections: Museum of Modern Art New York, SFMOMA, Berkeley art Museum, Pompidou Center Paris, Regional Collection, Dijon France; Metz France regional collection, Kunsthalle, Manheim, Germany; others.