Richard Faralla (1916-1996) “B IV”, wood construction, 11.5 x 22 x 5.5 inches, c 1964; & “Duncan Mills”, wood construction (with glass), 4 x 6.5 inches (at longest point), 1969. “B IV” is not signed, but is titled in Faralla’s hand; “Duncan Mills” is signed, titled, and dated on the reverse.
Duane Raoul Faralla, known as Richard Farella, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1916. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s where he studied commercial art and worked in the Federal Theater Project. During WWII, Faralla served in the U.S. Army. After the war, Faralla studied at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) where he earned a BFA in 1955. He also studied at San Francisco State College in 1956. Around 1959 Faralla began to focus on sculptures and reliefs assembled from scraps of wood and glass gathered primarily from construction sites.
In 1966, Faralla had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He also exhibited at The Legion of Honor (San Francisco), the De Young Museum (San Francisco), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and The 8 Gallery (San Francisco). Six of Faralla’s sculptures are in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, and the Laguna Art Museum also contain his work. His correspondence and other papers are included in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.
Like Louise Nevelson who was working in a similar vein on the East Coast. Faralla relied on found wood, often painted black or white, with incorporated found glass pieces to make his formal and textured art pieces.
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