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Img_3256 Shot on Shotwell   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/3/08

While doing the art rounds in the Mission, I ran across this picturesquely crumbling building. Nice painterly texture contrasting with stabilizing Cubist grid, but I’m glad the repairs are not my problem. It’s on Shotwell between 16th and 17th Streets, if you want to pose your friends in front of a suitably pictorial backdrop. Cheese! --DeWitt Cheng (*Images, from top to bottom: DeWitt Cheng, Shotwell Street #2, #1, #3, 2008, courtesy of the Artist.) [more]

Asyouwere2 FORCES OF NATURE @ Limn Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chris Ballantyne, Lisa Dahl, Thomas Doyle, Jessalyn Haggenjos, Wendy Heldmann, Liz Hickok, Emily Hung, Maura Jasper, Lori Nix at Limn Art Gallery July 26th, 2008 - August 29th, 2008
Posted 8/3/08

For the three generations since World War II during which America prospered, through sometimes less-than-noble methods, art was proscribed by influential critics from not only commenting on politics, as it had during the Depression, but even from representing the visible world. We’re now seeing a resurgence of political artwork, the disconnect between rhetoric and reality having become too obvious to ignore. The new activism is like a resurgence of the 1930s Social Realist movement, but in... [more]

Glenna_putt_cattle_drive_1210_64 Household Treasures   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Glenna Putt at George Krevsky Gallery July 24th, 2008 - September 13th, 2008
Posted 8/2/08

The aesthetic revolutionaries of the past century and a half have often proclaimed the death of realism, a mode of thought and vision they considered tainted by bourgeois materialism; they have likewise consigned to irrelevance... [more]

Interview with Theodora Varnay Jones  
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7/13/08

Interview with Theodora Varnay Jones by DeWitt Cheng: I chatted with San Francisco postminimalist sculptor and installation artist Theodora Varnay Jones over tea at her Mission District warehouse studio. DeWitt Cheng: You have a wonderful studio, full of natural light — and, of course, lots of great artwork. Let’s talk about your recent show at the Fresno Art Museum — which I was too gas-cheap and lazy to go see — shame on me!Theodora Varnay Jones: Yes, it’s a long drive from here! The Fresno... [more]

Img_2434 Crêpe o Chocolat   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/22/08

Paris on Union Square. This is a homey, shoebox-sized gourmet crêperie/bakery just south of Macy’s with an unusual selection of vegan, organic, gluten-free eats, all prepared onsite by the owner, Madagascar-born, Paris-trained Sylvie Krawec. Muffins, chocolate chip cookies, sweet and savory crêpes, soups, salads, sandwiches, omelettes, and homemade power bars. More detail? Wasabi chocolates, whole wheat crêpes, matcha latte, açai juice, farro-stuffed squash with sa... [more]

Punball_backglass_for-print William Wiley at Electric Works   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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William T. Wiley at Electric Works May 16th, 2008 - July 28th, 2008
Posted 6/22/08

The old dilemma between saving and savoring the world is always with us: the last twenty-seven years have been one long savory smorgasbord — and now we get the hangover and heartburn for who knows how long, if salvation is even possible now. Fortunately, some are always more adept at seeing reality than the shouters of received unwisdom. The late Molly Ivins, a gadfly of exquisitely comic common sense, advised social critics to give ‘em hell and have fun doing it; I suspect that William T.... [more]

Marcos_rosales_8102_2008_1096_126 A Look at Marcos Rosales   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marcos Rosales at Steven Wolf Fine Arts June 5th, 2008 - June 28th, 2008
Posted 6/22/08

A common trope in sci-fi and horror movies is the temptation to escape human limits by becoming something greater — and, it always turns out, lesser: Mr. Hyde and the Borg are both free of human responsibility, doubt and mortality, and physically enhanced, but also spiritually diminished. Heroism demands acknowledging human limitations and going on anyway. The boasting killing machines of The Iliad would be mere Batting Bots without their poignant vulnerability. Modern art for the most part ignores the tragic, unlike the artists of pr... [more]

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Posted 5/18/08

When you’re downtown and in the mood for dress-casual cosmopolitan swank, nice, but not break-the-bank nice, try the Café Metropol, a small bistro on Sutter near Kearny; it’s the perfect restaurant for an art date. Gourmet soups, salads, panini, pizza and desserts; e.g., Sesame Beef Salad, Grilled Eggplant Focaccia Sandwich, Tri Color Tortellini, Oven Roasted Salmon, Andouille Sausage Pizza. Friendly service, and full bar with imported wines and beers, and Fat Tire amber beer on dr... [more]

Lure1 LURE: Installation Art by Beili Liu   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Beili Liu at Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco May 9th, 2008 - July 5th, 2008
Posted 5/18/08

Lure is the inaugural exhibit in the Chinese Cultural Center’s new Xin Rui (fresh, sharp) series, showcasing contemporary Chinese-American artists. Beili Liu, who teaches in Michigan, has a national reputation —she recently created an installation for the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, for example— and her elegant, beautiful work often treats Chinese-American biculturalism, drawing on tradition, but in a contemporary and cosmopolitan manner. Lure, the large installation that d... [more]

Robe_incongruity_md RECLAIMING MATERIALS @ Sculpturesite Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joan Robey, Adele Seltzer, Ann Weber, Jane Woolverton at a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite April 10th, 2008 - June 14th, 2008
Posted 5/18/08

Green is de rigueur these days, so artwork made from recycled materials has a certain timely cachet (although folk and traditional artists have always made do with what was at hand). This show features four Bay Area sculptors who use castoff or humble materials in original ways, challenging our assumptions about traditional “noble” art materials like marble and bronze, and debunking the notion that ideas necessarily precede process, since these works grow out of whatever turns up. ... [more]

Interview with Anthony Torres  
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5/18/08

San Francisco - ArtSlant's DeWitt Cheng met Anthony Torres, the curator of The Question is Known: (W)here is Latin American/Latino Art?,  at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts shortly after the show opened.  They talked about the show as they strolled through the galleries. Torres was kind enough to clear up some points via e-mail later. This interview is the result of those conversations. DeWitt Cheng - This is a wonderful show. You have pieces by 30 artists, mostly from the Bay Area, I bel... [more]

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Posted 3/24/08

Visual culture warriors weary of wrestling with thorny esthetic issues at 49 Geary might want to consider taking in some restorative classic American comfort food up the street at Lefty O’Doul’s, on Geary just west of Union Square. Opened in 1958 by a native San Franciscan who played baseball with the ... [more]

_largest_w400_h400gal-035-e Ann Gale at Hackett-Freedman Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ann Gale at Hackett | Mill March 6th, 2008 - April 26th, 2008
Posted 3/23/08

The portrait might seem to have been done to death over the past five hundred years, since the idea of commemorating individual physiognomies took hold in bourgeois Europe, having flourished earlier in Egyptian funerary portraits and Roman Republic busts. Seattle painter Anne Gale, however, continues to find new challenge and meaning within the form, scrutinizing the models and friends that she’s painted before with her analytic, painterly, yet empathetic eye. While the figures are accurately conjured up in her dappled canvase... [more]

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Christian Nguyen at Patricia Sweetow Gallery March 4th, 2008 - April 26th, 2008
Posted 3/23/08

In 2000, Christian Nguyen, a resident artist at New York’s World Trade Center, began to study the building itself — “the basements and dull hallways, masses of people moving around, the elevators and cubicles…the carpet diamonds at the hallway crossing, the corporate uniforms, the ID-tags that looked like rosary beads, the quiet rooms where people in shades of gray huddled, the soft chime of phones and the distant murmur of muzak…” When not enjoying the views fr... [more]

Leonora-carrington_lebonroicarrington_lg Orthodoxy and its Discontents   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Leonora Carrington at Gallery Wendi Norris February 7th, 2008 - March 30th, 2008
Posted 2/11/08

Leonora Carrington is a painter, sculptor, printmaker and writer of the fantastic who discovered her métier at age twenty among the Surrealists in 1937 Paris. Now ninety, and living in Mexico, she has sent a selection of over twenty oils, gouaches, watercolors and drawings to San Francisco’s Frey Norris Gallery. Five years in the making, “The Talismanic Lens” is the first Bay Area showing of her work in any quantity since her Mexican Museum solo show in 1991. The work on... [more]

William_theophilus_brown_garden_at_night_1968_385_65 Brownian Motion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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William Theophilus Brown at Elins Eagles Smith Gallery February 2nd, 2008 - March 14th, 2008
Posted 2/11/08

Contemporary artists have such an overwhelming array of esthetic choices available to them that imagining the art world dogma of a few generations ago —and the passion aroused then by apostasy and betrayal— is almost inconceivable. Bay Area Figurative artists like San Franciscan William Theophilus Brown, who applied Expressionist paint handling to representational art, dismayed 1950s-1960s esthetic purists no less than Philip Guston’s treasonous return to figuration did later in... [more]

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