ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - October 1st 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p><strong>American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection</strong>&nbsp;captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection&mdash;one of the finest of American folk art in California&mdash;is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.<br /><br />In the years just following the Revolutionary War, many newly minted Americans desired painted portraits for their homes in order to identify individuals, establish family legacy, and demonstrate personal and/or civic achievement. Artists usually chose to portray their subjects in conventional poses, with the greatest emphasis placed on individual facial features. Clothing and surroundings were often simple and stylized, but might include details that would have been understood at the time as signs of social status or phase of life.&nbsp;<br /><br /><em>Portrait of a Boy in Green</em>&nbsp;(c. 1805&ndash;1810), attributed to the prolific deaf artist John Brewster, Jr., depicts a poised and vibrant youth standing on a brightly patterned floor holding a book, which associates him with learning and apprenticeship. The boy is thought to be Samuel Field McIntire, son of a prominent Salem, Massachusetts architect. The younger McIntire went on to become a distinguished and highly successful furniture designer and carver of architectural details.&nbsp;<br /><br />The exhibition also includes a number of landscapes, ranging from pastoral scenes to views of industrial progress.&nbsp;<em>View of Providence, Rhode Island</em>, created in the mid-1820s by an unidentified artist, functions as a portrait; the coastal city is portrayed on the brink of transition from pioneer village to bustling center of commerce. With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in&nbsp;<strong>American Wonder</strong>&nbsp;evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:17:17 +0000 Kyle Gann's obituary piece on Ashley. - CCA Wattis Institute - October 1st 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">An event to launch&nbsp;<em>Yes,&nbsp;But Is It Edible?</em>,&nbsp;a new publication about composer Robert Ashley&nbsp;(1930-2014).&nbsp;The book's author,&nbsp;Alex Waterman,&nbsp;and editor,&nbsp;Will Holder,&nbsp;will give a public reading using Ashley's notations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ABOUT THE WATTIS :</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" rel="nofollow">CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts</a>&nbsp;is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art.&nbsp;It was founded in 1998,&nbsp;at the<a href="" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;California College of the Arts</a>&nbsp;in San Francisco.<br /><br />The Wattis Institute is a place for showing art and for thinking about art.&nbsp;We spend time with artists and pay close attention to their ideas.<br /><br />We like to work with one artist at a time&mdash;one artist presents an exhibition in the gallery,&nbsp;one artist stays in the apartment on a residency,&nbsp;and one artist is the subject of a year-long research initiative.&nbsp;<br /><br />The Wattis Institute is a headquarters for contemporary art for everyone in the Bay Area,&nbsp;and runs an active event space&nbsp;(featuring an artist-designed bar)&nbsp;for discussions,&nbsp;performances,&nbsp;screenings,&nbsp;artworks,and drinks.</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:58:56 +0000 Anna Betbeze - Mills College Art Museum - October 1st 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Anna Betbeze&rsquo;s work approaches painting with rigorous and alchemical experimentation that index action in relation to sensation and pleasure. Her most notable body of work to date engages wool flokati carpets as a ground for color saturation, physical distress, and natural processes to manipulate the surface. The shaggy reliefs hover between the visceral and the pictorial, painting and sculpture, and locate paradoxes such as the simultaneity of beauty and abjection. Born in 1980 she grew up in Columbus, GA and currently lives and works in New York, NY. She has held solo exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; L&uuml;ttgenmeijer, Berlin, DE; and Fran&ccedil;ois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Mus&eacute;e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FR; Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN; and MoMA PS1. She was a recipient of the 2013-2014 Rome Prize and is a Critic at Yale University School of Art. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.</p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:56:00 +0000 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - October 2nd 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM <div id="sub_main"> <div id="sub_maintext"> <div class="sub_wrapper"> <p>Exhibition organizer Lucinda Barnes, chief curator and director of programs and collections, leads an informative tour of&nbsp;<strong>American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection</strong>.</p> <p><strong>American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection</strong>&nbsp;captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection&mdash;one of the finest of American folk art in California&mdash;is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:23:11 +0000 Tom Lieber - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Zero Gravity</em>, a solo exhibition of new works by Tom Lieber. The paintings to be exhibited will offer viewers the opportunity to appreciate and compare several of the artist&rsquo;s recent creative trajectories.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The first cohort of abstract paintings spotlights Lieber&rsquo;s interest in linear mark making. In Thick Gray Shield (2014) andOchre Sprout (2013), for example, overlapping lines unravel across the canvas in spontaneous bursts of seemingly sourceless energy. Lieber started this particular body of work last summer after deciding to revisit a handful of older paintings. The process of going back in and adding new linear structures over the flatter, more diffuse underpaintings provided a fresh direction for these otherwise unfinished works. More specifically, Lieber&rsquo;s interventions allowed him to move beyond his primary emphasis on color and tonal contrasts and instead explore contrasts between areas of differing weight, precision, depth, and scale. How do these spaces, conceived of in three-dimensional terms, interact with and impact one another?&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Despite Lieber&rsquo;s newfound emphasis on spatial diversity, relationships between color continue to play a central role in his paintings. When Lieber first moved to Los Angeles from Kauai several years ago, he found it difficult to adjust to life in the city. Its negative characteristics&mdash;the runaway affluence, waste, and pollution&mdash;overwhelmed his perspective for upwards of a year until he was able to embrace a more optimistic outlook. &ldquo;Split&rdquo; paintings such as Black/White Center (2013) act as a proxy for this transition. Here, lines of color produce different effects as they move from the black half to the white half of the compositions. The intensity and richness of the color against the black background proved especially illuminating for Lieber in that it solidified his belief in the value of experiencing moments of darkness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The structural underpaintings of these aforementioned works are similar to those found in a third group that emphasizes weightier, more independent forms. Many of these forms are spade-like in shape, reminiscent of a human torso or the silhouette of a tree mushrooming toward sunlight. Their curved flights parallel Lieber&rsquo;s interest in the act of dropping and rebounding in the way a surfer cascades down, through, and back up the barrel of a wave. The physical experience of dropping offers an intense thrill, but also a sense of peace produced by the feeling of weightlessness. When Lieber paints, he attempts to occupy a mental space akin to dropping wherein he&rsquo;s both in the heart of the energy but also detached, enabling him the freedom and confidence to respond to the balance of his mark making as he works.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tom Lieber was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1949. He earned his B.F.A. in 1971 followed by his M.F.A. in 1974 from the University of Illinois. In addition to showing across North America and Europe, his work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Tate Gallery, London. In 1975, Lieber was honored with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. This will be Lieber&rsquo;s third solo exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:11:08 +0000 Mark Perlman - Elins Eagles Smith Gallery - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">A tenured Professor of art at California State University Sonoma Mark Perlman has exhibited his luminous encaustic paintings in the Bay Area as well as through out the United States over the last twenty five years. He has also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, The Manege Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Moscow Central Museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Perlman works in the medium of encaustic, pigment mixed with hot wax the oldest form of painting in civilization going back to Egyptian tombs of the Old Kingdom.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The paintings are built up layer over layer to create what the artist call &ldquo;the under belly a luminous field of mid tone color upon which he composes his imagery ranging from organic pictoglyphic references that subtly suggest ancient cave art to sharply geometric map like compositions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>October 2, 2014 5:30 - 7:30pm - Mark Perlman will be in attendance</strong></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:38:18 +0000 Eric Zener - Hespe Gallery - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Hespe Gallery presents new works by Eric Zener, beginning&nbsp;September 30 through November 1, 2014. A reception will be held on&nbsp;Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m.<br />&nbsp;<br />Eric Zener&rsquo;s new work offers a pop spin on his signature imagery. Gone are the realistic depictions of swimmers in water and in their place are bold colors and a sense of playfulness that reminds us of the joy we feel when we let go. The use of color as a compositional tool is most synonymous with the work of the 1980&rsquo;s, and like Warhol and Harring, Zener&rsquo;s color choices are intrepid and loud. Of course, another association that the pop artists cultivated is that of the brand, and Zener continues with his imagery that is so recognizable, with a fresh spin and natural evolution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A self-taught painter, Zener was born in Astoria, Oregon and grew up in the seaside town of Encinitas, California. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has shown extensively in Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe, and is included in numerous corporate, private, and museum collections. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To view the exhibition online, please follow this link:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:03:36 +0000 Isca Greenfield-Sanders - John Berggruen Gallery - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Isca Greenfield-Sanders. Somewhere Else, Somewhere Good marks Isca&rsquo;s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery and will be on view&nbsp;October 2 &ndash; November 1, 2014. John Berggruen Gallery will host a reception for the artist on&nbsp;Thursday, October 2, 2014 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.&nbsp;to coincide with the San Francisco Art Dealers Association&rsquo;s First Thursdays.<br /><br />Nostalgia, memory, and longing for a collective ideal&ndash;&ndash;themes explored in the work of Greenfield-Sanders&ndash;&ndash;are perfectly embodied by this exhibition&rsquo;s title as well as by its source of inspiration, the 1972 song &ldquo;Perfect Day&rdquo; by Lou Reed. Somewhere Else, Somewhere Good is a riff on the line &ldquo;someone else, someone good&rdquo; from this popular song by Reed, who was a close family friend of the artist.&nbsp;<br /><br />Though distinguished by their subtle, meditative quality and their insistent oscillation between figuration and abstraction, the paintings unveiled in Somewhere Else, Somewhere Good must also be appreciated for their unique process of creation, one that fuses the two mediums of painting and photography. The product of a fascination with anonymous family photos of the 1950s-1960s, Greenfield-Sanders&rsquo; body of work originates in vintage slides culled from thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales. Once selected, Greenfield-Sanders manipulates the color palette of an image in Photoshop before printing it onto rice paper tiles; the gridded understructure of her paintings is a direct result of this process of enlargement. Greenfield-Sanders then applies various paint mediums, such as oil paint or watercolor, to the printed image thereby augmenting and highlighting certain details. One slide, shot in Wildwood, New Jersey in 1961, was the source image for twelve of the paintings in Somewhere Else, Somewhere Good, including the large oil painting, Wildwood, which depicts the full panorama captured in the original photograph. The paintings, Speedboat and Speedboat II, were created in tandem and are of the same size to illustrate how a final layer of oil paint can drastically change the original image. This technique of Greenfield-Sanders at once broaches the divide between two mediums characteristically viewed as distinct and separate from one another whilst simultaneously demonstrating how an object once relegated to obscurity can be given new life and significance.<br /><br />Isca Greenfield-Sanders (b. 1978) currently lives and works in New York. She holds a dual degree in mathematics and visual arts from Brown University. In 2001, she was the Visiting Artist at the American Academy of Rome and has since had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States, including a solo museum exhibition in 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Greenfield-Sanders&rsquo;s work has been included in a number of important collections such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the USA Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; and The Est&eacute;e Lauder Corporation, New York, NY. She has been the subject of articles in several publications, including Artforum, ARTnews, Artnet Magazine, Harper&rsquo;s Bazaar, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:07:53 +0000 Mark Ulriksen - Modernism Inc. - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Please Join us for a</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Book Signing in Celebration of the Publication of &nbsp;"DOGS RULE, NONCHALANTLY" &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">by MARK ULRIKSEN</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;"Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly" will be available for sale, $29.95 + sales tax A Goff Books publication</p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:10:37 +0000 Group Show - San Jose Museum of Art - October 2nd 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition showcases some of the public&rsquo;s longtime favorite works from the Museum&rsquo;s permanent collection, in celebration of SJMA&rsquo;s forty-fifth-anniversary year. <em>Sleight of Hand</em> asks visitors to look carefully at the allure of style and to further explore artists&rsquo; use of mesmerizing detail and similitude. Perhaps it is the eerie, truer-than-life illusionism or the wizardry of artistic expertise that draws audiences to realism and makes paintings by artists such as Sandow Birk, James Doolin, David Ligare, Masami Teraoka, and Tino Rodriguez among the most beloved works in the Museum&rsquo;s permanent collection. On view for the first time will be several recently acquired sculptures by Liza Lou, exquisitely beaded renditions of a chair, jeans, and socks. Also on view will be works by Chester Arnold, Salomon Huerta, Bari Kumar, John Register, Paul Wonner, and other artists.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:31:23 +0000 Andrea Ackerman, Alexander Calder, Jim Campbell, Sonia Gechtoff, IL LEE, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Deborah Oropallo, Tony Oursler, Alan Rath - San Jose Museum of Art - October 2nd 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition sets out to disrupt the status quo and show that art is anything but just an inanimate object. For its forty-fifth anniversary, SJMA invited creative movers and shakers from the realms of design, comedy, performance, music, writing, and dance to disrupt this exhibition of its permanent collection with their personal artistic responses to the art on view. Their interventions can take whatever form and be in whatever media, and in whatever scale, they so choose. These &ldquo;disruptors&rdquo; will include John Edmark, an industrial designer who teaches at the d. school at Stanford University, Palo Alto; Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, venture capitalist-turned-standup comedian; David Perez, poet laureate of Santa Clara County; calligrapher Carl Rohrs, and the yarn bomber Streetcolor, To cap it off, visitors will be invited to &ldquo;talk back&rdquo; in turn to the exhibition through equally unexpected, open-ended, and self-curated modes of participation. This exhibition reflects on SJMA&rsquo;s passages as an institution by looking at works in the collection from various eras in which artists explore notions of movement and the passage of time&mdash;two subjects that are not at all mutually exclusive. On view will be works by Andrea Ackerman, Alexander Calder, Jim Campbell, Sonia Gechtoff, Il Lee, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Deborah Oropallo, Tony Oursler, Alan Rath, and others.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:26:34 +0000 - Sandra Lee Gallery - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Opening reception Thursday, October 2, 5:30-7:30pm; Exhibition Oct 2-31, 10:30am-5:30pm</p> <p>In October, Sandra Lee Gallery will present the second installment of its triennial juried show. The 2014 exhibition, Real and Surreal Part 2, will include 38 works selected by juror Dewitt Cheng out of nearly 1,000 works entered. The exhibition will take place from October 2-31, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:25:31 +0000 Michael Arcega, mary button durell, Matt Gil, Amanda Hughen, Kimberly Rowe, Andrew Schoultz, Bill Swanson, Arngunnur Yr - The NWBLK - October 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Expanding on the traditional role of an art advisor, <a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=341030662721920" rel="nofollow">Heather Marx Art Advisory</a> debuts with a group exhibition co-produced by The NWBLK on October 2, 2014. Exhibiting artworks by Michael Arcega, Mary Margaret Durell, Matt Gil, Amanda Hughen, Kimberly Rowe, Andrew Schoultz, Bill Swanson, Arngunnur Yr. In response to the rapidly shifting art landscape in San Francisco, the collaboration between HMxAA and The NWBLK provides new contexts for viewing and discovering contemporary artists. Bringing together different disciplines in the same arena (applied arts and fine art) HMxAA and The NWBLK present thoughtful conversations about the wider range of aesthetic disciplines and how focusing on beautiful objects can amplify daily life. Runs through December 15.<br /> NWBLK open by appointment: <br /> For more information go to <a href=";h=WAQEZpMpw&amp;enc=AZNZeV14GsKuiJ0kklM96CWJVIg9Xq7gSmfXmya-Eu3GoxG5x2r_VUxNFTmaOyUQUvo&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:52:32 +0000 Ray Turner - Toomey Tourell Fine Art - October 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Toomey Tourell Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Ray Turner.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">LA based Ray Turner works with a confidence and and material opulence whether the pictorial construct lies in the realm of landscape or portraiture. Spending the last years touring &ldquo;Population&rdquo;, his ode to a variety of portraits and their permutations with numerous museums across the country, Sea Storm Series is a return to Turner&rsquo;s investigation of the reflective surfaces of sky and cloud. With rich applications, lush brushwork and vibrant color, Turner achieves voluminous form and filtered light, imbuing all with a sense of melancholy and impermanence. Always a master of atmospherics, here scale, color and contrast combine unerringly in his depictions of these dream like configurations. These haze shrouded formations radiate with presence, juxtaposing the transitory with the permanent. The works, though Neo-Romantic, are intriguingly mindful of horizon line and vanishing point, taking the viewer to uncharted visual territory. Vibrating between abstraction and the representative, one is drawn into their physicality while experiencing their shimmering transcendence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ray Turner has exhibited extensively in the US, including exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of Art, the Huntington Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art. His work has been included in many important public and private collections.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is Ray Turner&rsquo;s eighth exhibition with Toomey Tourell.</p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:33:23 +0000 John Wentz - 111 Minna Gallery - October 3rd 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">With, &ldquo;Passages&rdquo; Wentz continues to expand on his ever developing painterly style with human subjects appearing center stage as they wander throughout his imaginative environments as willing recipients of the masterful techniques that have brought them into existence through the artists brush.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">JOHN WENTZ | Bio</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Wentz&nbsp;was born and raised in the San Francisco the Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, John decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. John now paints full time in his studio in Vallejo, CA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:33:30 +0000 Mike Davis - 111 Minna Gallery - October 3rd 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mike Davis is a modern surrealist painter, who currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Possessing a multi-faceted set of interests, Davis began painting in 1997, and attributes much of his inspiration to watching his mother pursue craft projects during his childhood, and immersing himself in art history throughout his career. From helping his mother with activities ranging from woodworking, hand-tooling leather, and remodeling the family&rsquo;s home, to engaging with ancient art and Netherlandish painting from the Northern Renaissance, Davis is a self-taught painter, who continues to render complex paintings of surrealist life, embedded with symbols of mortality, folly, and hubris, fixated within whimsical compositions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to painting, Mike Davis is a musician and woodworker as well the owner of a internationally-renowned tattoo shop, Everlasting Tattoo.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His paintings and tattoo art have been featured in many publications, such as Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Ltd, Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, Tatt Book: Visionaries of Tattoo and several high traffic art blogs. Davis has tattooed an extensive list of international and celebrity clientele, and is featured in a number of prestigious private art collections located throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and much of Europe.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">MIKE DAVIS Solo Show and Book Release published by LAST GASP</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:36:23 +0000