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Floating Bohemia: Gordon Onslow Ford and the S. S. Vallejo

April 21, 2016

Lot 154, Gordon Onslow Ford, In Vironment (2002)

Though best known as the last and youngest member of the Surrealist group that convened in Paris in the 1930s, Gordon Onslow Ford was no stranger to the Bay Area vanguard, either. Between 1947 and 1959, Onslow Ford made his studio aboard the S.S. Vallejo, a decommissioned ferry docked in Sausalito, which he shared with the Greek collagist and poet Jean Varda. Together the two made the vessel a salon of sorts—a floating clubhouse for an astonishingly diverse group of artists and writers, from Beat poets to members of the Bay Area Figurative movement.

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