Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Robert Freimark Collection
Bulk Dates: 1952-1969
Collection number: MSS-2008-05-01
Freimark, Robert M., 1922-
1 oversize flat file drawer
(4.5 linear feet)
San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Robert Freimark Collection, 1952-2007 [bulk 1950-1960] is a small representation of the creative work of the San Francisco
Bay Area artist. Friemark's work in abstract expressionism and figurative art reflects his interest in Mexican culture as
well as social and political justice. The collection consists of 19 limited edition prints, lithographs and posters produced
by Freimark over a 50-year time period.
Physical location: Vault 1, Flat File, Drawer 2-18
Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open for research.
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Robert Freimark Collection, MSS-2008-05-01, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.
Collection processed by Michael Condon. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.
This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.
Robert Freimark was born January 27, 1922 in Doster, Michigan. After serving in the United States Navy from 1939 to 1946,
Freimark enrolled in college and graduated in 1950 from the University of Toledo, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in creative
writing, as well as from the Toledo Museum of Art with a major in painting.
In 1951 Freimark received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan, and had
his first solo exhibit that year at the Circle Gallery in Detroit. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in printmaking,
painting, lithography, tapestry and video art.
While establishing himself as an artist, Freimark began an extensive teaching career in the early 1950s, including teaching
at the Toledo Museum of Art; Ohio University (in Athens, Ohio); and at San José State University from 1964 to 1986, where
he was awarded a Professor Emeritus designation in 1986. In addition, he has been an artist-in-residence at Mus Regla, Cuba
in 2001; Mus Guayasamin, Quito, Ecuador in 2002; and Balatonfured, Hungary in 2002.
Freimark's art career is inseparable from his commitment to all aspects of the Mexican culture, including its art, music and
history, and political and social causes. In 1966, he participated in the historic march organized by Cesar Chavez, from Delano,
California to Sacramento California, which brought national attention to the plight of immigrant farm workers.
Over the past 50 years, Freimark's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the United States and around the
world, including the National Gallery of American History in Washington, D.C. and the Galeria Galiano in La Habana, Cuba.
In 2007, a solo retrospective of his work,
Bob Freimark: Art of Dissent, was exhibited at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José, California to celebrate the re-opening of the Plaza. Curated by
Peter Selz, the exhibit demonstrated Freimark's dissident voice as expressed in artwork that examined the two U.S. wars in
Iraq; Los Desaparecidos of Argentina; and the maltreatment of Dolores Huerta at the hands of the San Francisco Police, among
other themes. Freimark's work,
Art Protis Tapestries, was also featured in two additional exhibitions that year, at the San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles and History San
Freimark currently works out of his Grass Valley Studios in Morgan Hill, California.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Robert Freimark Collection, 1952-2007 [bulk 1950-1960] is a small representation of the creative work of the San Francisco
Bay Area artist and San José State University art professor. Friemark's work in abstract expressionism and figurative art
reflects his interest in Mexican culture as well as social and political justice. The collection consists of 19 limited edition
prints, lithographs and posters produced by Freimark over a 50-year time period. Of particular note are three images culled
Fifty States series, completed in the 1960s. As an artist, Freimark has moved steadily towards painting abstractly. He has avoided painting
objects or things, while at the same time understanding the landscape and human figure to develop a sense of reality. His
work symbolizes ideas, values and states of mind in pure abstract terms.
The collection is arranged into one series: Series I: Artwork, 1952-2007.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Abstract expressionism -- Specimens
Figurative Art -- Specimens
Art, American -- 20th century
San José State University. Art Dept.