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Gallery Three

Exhibition Detail
The Boogie Disease
835 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94109


January 10th, 2009 - February 28th, 2009
Opening: 
January 10th, 2009 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
Sweet Cousin Cocaine, Lay Your Cool Hands On My Head, Van ArnoVan Arno,
Sweet Cousin Cocaine, Lay Your Cool Hands On My Head,
oil on canvas, 30inx24in
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“The Boogie Disease” re-examines pre-civil rights, African American southerners, who found a reprieve in creating a new form of folk art, which later dominated the second half of the 20th century. Apart from visual art Van’s paintings are influenced by the original innovators of music. Most of the characters portrayed are from the 60’s and 70’s Blues era.  These paintings remind us of America’s fears in the past that “black music” was a danger to society. But as Arno reminds us, “the fear is as old as ragtime and as new as Lil Wayne.”


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