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20110130105332-evahesse Eva Hesse and James Abbott McNeill Whistler in Berkeley Art Museum  
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Eva Hesse at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive March 13th, 2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Posted 1/28/11

Originally postd on matthewfelixsun.blogspot.com Berkeley Art Museum is exhibiting two small but fascinating shows - Eva Hesse's Studiowork and James McNeill  Whistler's graphic works. Though I am not a sculptor and have no affinity to conceptual art, I cannot deny that installations usually hold public's attention better than others nowadays, for better or for worse.  Eva Hesse's work falls into that category.  The two room exhibit Eva Hesse: Studiowork, which runs from January 26 through April... [more]

Fbd6b4b8 Jennifer Steinkamp at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York  
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Jennifer Steinkamp at Lehmann Maupin September 10th, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
Posted 10/27/10

Jennifer Steinkamp at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York I am not a big fan of video as an art but occasionally, I would be very taken by some hypnotic video art, such as those by William Kentridge or Shirin Neshat. My visit to Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea, New York belonged to this selective category. The time I visited the gallery, it featured videos by Jennifer Steinkamp, whose large scale of videos of ever mutating mass of plastic tubes or foliages were in turn mysterious, se... [more]

20100829025133-_publish_worksimages_ly-049w_lg Liao Yibai: Real Fake - Mike Weiss Gallery, New York  
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Liao Yibai at Mike Weiss Gallery September 10th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Posted 10/20/10

Liao Yibai: Real Fake - Mike Weiss Gallery, New York Ai Weiwei's sunflower seeds exhibit at Tate Modern reminded me of an exhibit I saw in Mike Weiss Gallery, Chelsea, New York last month. The exhibit, Real Fake, featured artist Liao Yibai's larger-than-life scaled glittering sculptures of commodities such as iPhones, diamond rings, handbags and cash (Chinese currency Renminbi).  Though, obviously it meant to be a damning take on the (Chinese people's) ever-increasing consumerism, i... [more]

29294 "Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917" at New York MOMA  
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Henri Matisse at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) July 18th, 2010 - October 11th, 2010
Posted 9/23/10

"Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917" at New York MOMA My next stop during my recent New York trip, after Guggenheim Museum, Frick Collection, and Morgan Library & Museum was The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The main attraction during the time was the special exhibit: Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917, which runs from July 18 to October 11, 2010. MOMA sits informed us thus: In the time between Henri Matisse's (1869–1954) return from Morocco in 1913 and his departure for Nice i... [more]

Anniversary_shows SFMOMA's 75th Anniversary Show  
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at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art December 19th, 2009 - January 16th, 2011
Posted 8/5/10

SFMOMA's 75th Anniversary Show SFMOMA is celebrating its 75th anniversary. My visit to the 75th Anniversary Show confirmed my impression of this important yet provincial institute.SFMOMA has accumulated a relatively impressive body of works from many important artists but the depth is rather shallow. The main draw to the locals in this anniversary show mostly lie on their relatively unknown collections, such as a semi-abstract Pollock and a very early Picasso. Interesting works by Max E... [more]

Calder_warhol_calder Introduction to Fisher Collection and the 75th Anniversary Exhibit at SFMOMA  
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Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art June 25th, 2010 - September 19th, 2010
Posted 8/5/10

Introduction to Fisher Collection and the 75th Anniversary Exhibit at SFMOMA Last Saturday, I visited San Francisco Modern Art Museum for the Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection exhibit. There are 160 pieces from the 1,000 plus Fisher Colletions on display. There were many impressive works and the profile and prestige of SFMOMA will increase dramatically once a new wing is build for this incredibly rich modern art collection.Several of my favorite artists are included and I... [more]

20110914101057-bamscape_web Birth of Impressionism at De Young Museum, San Francisco  
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Thom Faulders at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive January 29th, 2010 - April 15th, 2012
Posted 8/5/10

Birth of Impressionism at De Young Museum, San Francisco Last Sunday, I visited De Young Museum's Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibit.The exhibit was very well curated and it was not designed with showcasing blockbusters only; rather, it went length to explain how Impressionism came into fruition. It was thoughtfully assembled and was deeply thought provoking. That said, it did not mean that the show didn't have enough lustre.In deed, though far from incorp... [more]

Valentinegirl Georgianne Fastaias Works Stand Out  
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Jack Androvich-Normalfotos, John Lupo Avanti, Laura Browning, Melissa Burman, Lina Chang, Sarah Waite Chase, Naomi S. Cooper, Simone Coulars, Noah Dasho, Georgianne Fastaia, N. Ferrara, Helen Friedman, Renee Anderson Glassworks, Kathryn Le Grice, David Imlay, Kendra Renee Jewelry, Lulu Bug Jewelry, Barbe Saint John, Rivkah Kaz, Andy Kowalczyk, Carina Lomeli, Ms. MariNaomi, Biff Moshe, Junko Van Norman, Kalyle Origami, Jessica Patrick, Rebecca Peters, Winthrop Prince, Hiroko Sakai, Eve Shen, Maureen Shields, Michael-Che` Swisher, Vera Tchikovani, Kelcie Tinker, Mary Tivadar, Hilary Williams, Laurel Wright, Jen Zahigian at Artist-Xchange February 5th, 2010 - February 28th, 2010
Posted 3/4/10

San Francisco Artist Georgianne Fastaia I had the honor of showing my works with fantastic San Francisco artist Georgianne Fastaia.Her works - mostly figures and landscape or cityscape - have rich textures and great atmosphere. Her figures often boldly claim large portion of the canvases, giving them a sense of timeless monumentality, yet they are abruptly confronted by the edges of the canvases, making them somewhat vulnerable, therefore the complexity of the figures and the paintings palpable.... [more]

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at de Young Museum October 17th, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 3/4/10

My Favorite Works at De Young Museum, San Francisco Today, I visited De Young Museum in San Francisco for the King Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs exhibit. It was a fantastic show, despite the fact that the most spectacular beautifully inlaid gold mask of the young king, who died at the age of 19, was not included in the current exhibit of these artifacts. Some old timers had the luck of viewing it when the show came to San Francisco decades ago. I cannot say that I was cheated out o... [more]

Travis_somerville_the_new_land_of_lincoln_1341_45 Provocative Exhibits on Race: Catharine Clark Gallery & Lawrence Hall of Science  
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Travis Somerville at Catharine Clark Gallery February 20th, 2010 - April 3rd, 2010
Posted 3/2/10

Provocative Exhibits on Race: Catharine Clark Gallery & Lawrence Hall of Science I visited Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco for Travis Somerville exhibit. Established in 1991, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco presents the work of local, national and international contemporary artists.According to the bio on Catharine Clark Gallery's website, "Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, h... [more]

Medusa1_orig Wonderful Opening at Artist-Xchange Gallery - 4 September 2009  
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Renee Anderson, Howard Chew, Tim Davis, Stephanie Hamilton Designs, Chuck Drees, Max Ehrman, Georgianne Fastaia, Edward Freeland, Jeanne Hauser, Art Jackson, Jean Jackson, Rivkah Kaz, Susanne Khawand, Winsa Lam, Michael A. Levin, Niana Liu, Kathleen Maley, Sara Mansfield, Kirk McCarthy, Nick Paz, Daniel Rekshan, MZZ T RZZ, Barbe SaintJohn, Hiroko Sakai, Maureen Shields, Matthew Felix Sun, Michael-Che` Swisher, Kelcie Tinker, Mary Tivadar, Joe Twisty, Hilary Williams, Melissa Yarbrough at Artist-Xchange September 4th, 2009 - September 30th, 2009
Posted 9/14/09

The artist's reception for the September exhibit at Artist-Xchange Gallery in San Francisco was great fun - lively music with DJ, nice wine and cheese and cookies, delicious coffee, interesting guests and many beautiful, intense, or whimsical works on display. [more]

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