Peter Forakis

Peter Forakis was a sculptor of geometric forms and a founder of Park Place, a dynamic New York artists’ cooperative gallery of the 1960s. Forakis was one of many young artists in the late 1950s and early ’60s who took up geometry as a way to avoid the omnipresence of Abstract Expressionism. He had arrived in New York in 1958 after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). Over the next few years he went from concentrating on painting to making sculptures, just as geometry was becoming a force in both mediums. In 1963 a group that included Mr. Forakis, Mark di Suvero, Robert Grosvenor and Forrest Myers started exhibiting work, playing free jazz and discussing the future of public sculpture in a floor at the top of a loft building in Lower Manhattan near Park Place, where several of the artists lived.Forakis had New York solo shows in the 1960s at the Brata Gallery, the David Anderson Gallery and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. In 1966 his work appeared in “Primary Structures,” an important exhibition of geometric sculpture at the Jewish Museum.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1960’s Brata Gallery

1960’s David Anderson Gallery

1960’s Tibor De Nagay Gallery

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1966 “Primary Structures”, Jewish Museum, NY

Peter Forakis, Untitled