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20160705153156-ivan_iannoli_installation_shot_3 Looking at, and Through, Photography   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Ivan Iannoli at Bass & Reiner Gallery June 10th - July 9th
Posted 7/5/16

Ivan Iannoli uses photography as a catalyst. He uses its unique scientific, artistic, and mechanical histories: as the standardization of the width of a film negative begat photographic paper sizes; as precut acrylic sheets fit perfectly into manufactured frames; as the industrial revolution set into motion the uniformity of items that were previously made to order. He taps into the ways in which artists before him have advanced photography beyond its material constraints—in the way that, sa... [more]

20160312101656-1 Et al. etc. on Trust and Hospitality: When Gallery Guests are Other Galleries   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/12/16

San Francisco is rapidly heading toward becoming a significant global destination for contemporary art. This year alone sees a sizable list of important events and openings: the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has reopened at its new location; SFMOMA will be reopening in May; the Asian Art Museum is expanding with a new addition; Pace gallery will be opening a second location in Palo Alto (aside from the one in nearby Menlo Park) and Gagosian just announced that they will open a new location di... [more]

20160126193247-9 The Object of Guns and the Subject of Violence: The American Gun (Art) Show   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Unicode 6.0, Morehshin Allahyari, David Bowen, Micha Cárdenas, Caroline Covington, Joseph DeLappe, Christopher Elliman, Nancy Floyd, Philip Bronson Gann, Vadim Gershman, Tal & Omer Golan, Christopher Head, Charles Krafft, Linda Lighton, Julie Meridian, Joe Miller, Nick Montfort, Lydia Moyer, OMTA, Barbosa Prince, Asa Scheibe, Marnika Shelton, brett stalbaum, Annie Wan, Daniel Wechsler, Cody Wilson, Henry Witecki, Nine Yamamoto-Masson, minoosh zomorodinia at Works/San Jose October 2nd, 2015 - November 15th, 2015
Posted 1/26/16

A report published in September 2015 on 247 Wall Street stated that Oakland is the third most dangerous city in the United States, following Memphis and Detroit. The Bay Area in general, from the East Bay to the South Bay, is plagued with violence, though the entire nation could use an attitude adjustment—particularly when it comes to gun violence. I live in Oakland, and as can be expected when someone’s town or city is wracked with hostile incidents, there is a tendency to localize fe... [more]

20150930194631-920x920 Mural Artist Killed in Oakland   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/30/15

A Bay Area artist was shot and killed yesterday, Tuesday, September 29 as he worked on a community mural in West Oakland. The mural depicted a view of the Oakland landscape–now a tragic reminder of the events that took place Tuesday morning at the 3500 block of West Street under Interstate 580. The victim’s family, friends, and the community are now working to digest and overcome this caustic act of violence. 27-year-old Antonio Ramos of Emeryville was one volunteer of a team of 60 w... [more]

20150901210131-5 The Best Non-Profits Art Spaces in San Francisco   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 9/1/15

Like other industries, the art world should come under the scrutiny of fair and equitable business practices. With so much privatization in the gallery and museum world, it's as good a time as any for consumers of culture to question where funds come from—and where profits are going. This summer, we're seeking out the best not-for-profit and community conscious art spaces in the most commercial cities on the global art circuit. As part of our mission to give art a social slant, the third stop... [more]

20150708125705-4 Private Debt/Public Value: Art Education's Social Responsibility   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/8/15

There have been a lot of articles about the rise of education debt accrued by students in the United States, especially where arts-focused degrees are concerned. Few degrees these days can guarantee employment, regardless of the field, and it is becoming increasingly hard to justify the value of an art degree that has the least hope of creating jobs for its future graduates. Yet grad school admissions skyrocketed shortly after the 2007/08 economic crash, when the stakes for getting a new job shifted from... [more]

20150603175626-20150601232951-4_reckewell_blue_canopy__ccc__2013_ Systematic Materiality: The Artists Challenging Painting and Drawing with Textiles   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/1/15

Sabine Reckewell and Samantha Bittman are two artists that are each working with textiles in the contemporary moment. Using rigorous systems that require a tremendous amount of planning before making and building can begin, both artists have an acute respect for order that enables their work to conjure awe bordering on the inconceivable. Each studied textiles in undergrad, though several generations apart; Reckewell received a BS at UC Davis in 1976, and Bittman a BFA from RISD in 2004. Reckewell... [more]

20150506191007-10_chris How Two New Satellites Challenge San Francisco's Art Fair Scene   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/6/15

Aside from artMRKT, two other art fairs happened in San Francisco this past weekend: StARTup Art Fair and Parking Lot Art Fair. Each attempted to unfold controversial aspects of what it means to gather en masse, and to expose the public to a variety of artists in one place for a concentrated amount of time. The venues missed and seized opportunities, respectively, and each presented their own set of risks surrounding the art fair model. Parking Lot Art Fair installation view, held at the artMRKT parking lot, Saturday May 2,... [more]

20150416040957-manley_time_stop_install_06-web San Francisco Collecting Taps into Intrinsic Value of Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/15/15

Collecting art as a narcissist hobby is the most virulent kind of collecting, whereas collecting as a means of humble support seems to be the approved model—at least in San Francisco. A recent art panel in the city attempted to discern a difference between San Francisco and Los Angeles collectors. Moderated by LA gallerist Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), the panelists were Sofya Polyakov of Noun Project (LA), Sabrina Buell of Zlot Buell art advisors (SF), Jessica Silverman of Jessica Silverman Gallery (S... [more]

20150408095339-tenderloin-institute-of-art-1140x641 “San Francisco Is Just Giving Away MFA Degrees Now”   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/8/15

Do artists need MFAs? Must one obtain a higher degree to make it as an artist? Or are there too many MFAs in the art world already? What if you could get an MFA for free, and all in under an hour? Bay Area artist Jeremiah Jenkins, the dean, MFA department chair, and sole instructor of the newly minted Tenderloin Institute of Art, will be giving out bona fide non-accredited MFA degrees to anyone who wants one over two weekends starting April 17. The new institute (whose logo may be rather recogn... [more]

20150324201728-6 Do It Anyway: Platforms of Perseverance in San Francisco   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/24/15

From the Gold Rush to the Psychedelic era, through the tech boom and bust of the 1990s, San Francisco has been a mecca for prospectors, freaks and geeks, and mainstream challengers. But the city's hold on such monikers has been challenged lately, with populations touted as the “best and brightest” flooding in to work for major tech corporations and affecting the cultural landscape. San Francisco is currently in a heightened state of what the Situationists, particularly Guy Debord, referre... [more]

20150318104101-6 Toward Perception of Space   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Miriam Böhm at Ratio 3 March 13th, 2015 - April 25th, 2015
Posted 3/18/15

Arriving at the magic hour before dusk, light poured in from the skylights, casting rectangular shapes with shadow lines on the back wall of the gallery, near an assortment of three stoic yet surprisingly dynamic sculptures on pedestals. The sculpture series—titled Mutual—is an exciting new direction for Miriam Böhm, whose work has always incorporated multiple planes or three dimensional elements; until now the end result has always been a photograph. There are a total of five... [more]

20140818053410-img_3479_h Endurance training for the noncommittal   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Conrad Guevara at City Limits July 19th, 2014 - August 23rd, 2014
Posted 8/18/14

At the heart of the works in No Can Handle is the ethos of endurance. Entering the exhibition is not unlike entering an interpretation of a physical training facility. Equipment-like inventions dangle from the ceiling and perch amidst the gallery space; there is even a painted panel squatting in the crease of a gym mat on the floor. Many of the works, like Bow 4 (2014) have a suggestive tenacity. Bow 4 is a delicately curved wooden pole bending like a “C” around an entire wall, held in plac... [more]

20140716103845-01_wolff_radiant_star Threadless Patchworks and Seamy Fabrications   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson, Lena Wolff at Cult June 20th, 2014 - August 2nd, 2014
Posted 7/16/14

Here, the process and patterning of quiltmaking multifariously inspires. The repetitive tattoo of the sewing machine, the lush and rough textures of fabrics, and the echoing generational symbols of the tradition thread their way through varied works. Each artist concentrates upon, refines, or abstracts individual facets of the rich history of the quilt-as-medium, using it as a launching point for experimental explorations in the present. At its simplest, the mathematical construction of the qu... [more]

20140615094411-20140615080135-3_cl9 Place, Decoupled   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Cybele Lyle at Et al. May 30th, 2014 - July 4th, 2014
Posted 6/15/14

Place, to each of us, means many things. Often times being physically located in a place is very different than feeling a sense of place. Place is as simple as a well-worn wooden stool and a pint of Smithwicks inside a small pub on the west coast of Ireland and as complicated as our universal existence at any moment in the tangled web of time and possibility. Descend the stairs of Et Al., a small space in the basement of a dry cleaner business in Chinatown, and immediately noticeable is an abstract formation, cons... [more]

20140518055904-sinnespegelstill Through Someone Else's Looking Glass   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Anne McGuire, karla milosevich at Steven Wolf Fine Arts April 26th, 2014 - June 14th, 2014
Posted 5/18/14

sinne [Swedish] n. mind, sense spegel [Swedish] n. a mirror; a smooth reflecting surface something flat and smooth, resembling a mirror (e.g. the surface of a lake) a (moral) guideline, used for correcting errors, similar to a mirror My creative practice, or lack thereof rather, exists in my head. I take other people’s ideas and make them my own and find them wildly successful in there. The layers of identity laid bare in Anne McGuire and Karla M... [more]


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