ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Willard Worden - de Young Museum - July 25th - February 14th, 2016 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">A fascinating though largely forgotten figure in the Bay Area&rsquo;s rich photographic history, Willard Worden (American, 1868&ndash;1946) took up photography while serving in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars and later opened his first gallery near the Presidio in Cow Hollow. Within a few years, his stock list contained hundreds of views of his newly adopted city and its environs as well as sites as far away as Yosemite National Park.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition presents a survey of Worden&rsquo;s photographs from the first two decades of the 20th century, including views of San Francisco&rsquo;s coastline, Golden Gate Park, and Chinatown. A recurring subject for the photographer was the surviving entryway to a Nob Hill mansion destroyed in the earthquake of 1906 and relocated to Golden Gate Park in 1909. Called the Portals of the Past, the ruin served as both a monument to the city&rsquo;s recent tragedy and a symbol of its perseverance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Worden was at the height of his career at the time of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the 1915 world&rsquo;s fair held in San Francisco. As one of the exposition&rsquo;s official photographers, he captured its spectacular architectural and sculptural creations by day and night. Art from the PPIE, including approximately 250 works by major American and European artists, is the focus of the exhibition at the de Young, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition</em></a>, opening October 17, 2015.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:26:56 +0000 Richard Diebenkorn - de Young Museum - April 25th - October 4th <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922&ndash;1993) held a lifelong interest in printmaking that began with experiments he made as a student at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and he maintained a steady output of prints from the 1960s until his death. A group of 160 prints acquired by the Fine Arts Museums in 2014 includes examples from this thirty-year period and demonstrates Diebenkorn&rsquo;s intense engagement with printmaking processes, particularly etching. Selections from the acquisition compose this exhibition, which provides an overview of Diebenkorn&rsquo;s accomplishments in this medium and introduces unpublished prints and proofs for prints that were not issued in editions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Museums have presented several small-focus exhibitions of Diebenkorn&rsquo;s prints over the years, each featuring selections from the permanent collection:<em> Blue Surround: The Evolution of a Print</em> (1994); <em>Richard Diebenkorn: 41 Etchings Drypoints</em> (1999); <em>Richard Diebenkorn: Clubs and Spades</em> (2002); and, most recently, <em>Richard Diebenkorn: The Stanford Monotypes, A Recent Acquisition</em> (2009). This new exhibition celebrates the Museums&rsquo; latest significant acquisition of his prints, made possible by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions and the generosity of Phyllis Diebenkorn.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:24:35 +0000 Robert Motherwell - de Young Museum - September 17th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Lauren Kroiz is an assistant professor of American modern art at UC Berkeley. She is interested in the history and theory of photography and new media, race and ethnic studies, and the relationships between regionalism, nationalism, and globalism.</p> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:15:08 +0000 Group Show - de Young Museum - October 17th - January 10th, 2016 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The year 2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world&rsquo;s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city&rsquo;s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. The grand exposition covered 76 city blocks and boasted national and international pavilions showcasing innovation, industry, and the arts. At the heart of the PPIE was one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever presented in the United States, encompassing more than 11,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs, in addition to a significant array of public murals and monuments. To mark this anniversary, <em>Jewel City</em> revisits this vital moment in the inauguration of San Francisco as the West Coast&rsquo;s cultural epicenter. The landmark exhibition at the de Young reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Jewel City</em> shares examples that signal the key artistic trends of 1915, from the conservative to the avant-garde: American and French Impressionism; works by members of the Ashcan School; paintings from the emerging modernist styles in Italy, Hungary, Austria, Finland, and Norway; and more. Highlights include an impressive survey of American art, with works by Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, John Sloan, Robert Henri, and other masters. In addition, the presentation boasts an extensive offering of European painting and sculpture, with examples on view by such greats as Gustave Courbet, James Tissot, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin, Th&eacute;o van Rysselberghe, and Edvard Munch. Monumental murals designed for the fair, including those by Arthur F. Mathews and William de Leftwich Dodge, will be seen for the first time in nearly a century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, with contributions from James A. Ganz, curator of the exhibition, and fellow Fine Arts Museums curators Emma Acker, Karin Breuer, Melissa Buron, Martin Chapman, Ren&eacute;e Dreyfus, and Colleen Terry, as well as scholars Laura Ackley (independent historian, San Francisco), Heidi Applegate (independent art historian, Washington, DC), Gergely Barki (curator and advisor in 20th-century painting at Sz&eacute;pműv&eacute;szeti M&uacute;zeum&ndash;Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest), Victoria Kastner (historian, Hearst Castle), Anthony Lee (Idella Plimpton Kendall Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College), and Scott A. Shields (associate director and chief curator, Crocker Art Museum).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In July of 2015, William de Leftwich Dodge's mural&nbsp;<em>Atlantic and Pacific</em> was installed in Wilsey Court in preparation for the exhibition. <a href="" target="_blank">View photographs</a> of the installation and explore the history of one of the PPIE's original commisioned works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Learn more about the city of San Francisco's full <a href="" target="_blank">PPIE 100 program</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:07 +0000 Robert Motherwell - de Young Museum - September 5th - March 6th, 2016 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist&rsquo;s birth, this one-room exhibition presents thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915&ndash;1991) from his seminal series <em>Elegies to the Spanish Republic</em>. The exhibition features the Fine Arts Museums&rsquo; painting <a href="" target="_blank"><em>At Five in the Afternoon</em></a> (1950), one of the earliest works in the series, as well as prints from the artist&rsquo;s books in the Achenbach collections. Additional works from the series are drawn from other local private and public collections.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In San Francisco in 1937, Motherwell heard the novelist and art theorist Andr&eacute; Malraux speak at a rally concerning the Spanish Civil War (1936&ndash;1939), provoking his interest in a moral issue that would provide the subject and inspiration for his work for the rest of his life. He ultimately produced more than 250 paintings and works on paper exploring the topic, allowing him to express in visual form what he described as a &ldquo;funeral song for something one cared about.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This focused exhibition is an opportunity to better understand and appreciate an important painting in the Museums&rsquo; collection and its relationship to one of Motherwell&rsquo;s most significant bodies of work. Reflecting the chaos, turmoil, suffering, and moral uncertainties of the mid-twentieth century, the series is a testament to the timeless and transcendent aspects of the human condition, such as the co-existence of joy and pain, of hope and suffering, and of life and death.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:26 +0000 - de Young Museum - August 29th - February 28th, 2016 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai&lsquo;i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition will feature approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (<em>kāhili</em>), feather lei (<em>lei hulu manu</em>), helmets (<em>mahiole</em>), feathered god images (<em>akua hulu manu</em>), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Handcrafted of plant fiber and rare feathers from endemic birds of the islands, the cloaks (<em>&lsquo;ahu&lsquo;ula</em>) and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs, proclaiming their identity and status. The abstract patterns and compositions of royal feathers (<em>nā hulu ali&lsquo;i</em>) are both beautiful and full of cultural meaning. While the arrangements of their forms&mdash;crescents, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, and lines&mdash;and fields of color appear contemporary, they are ancient. Symbols of the power and status of&nbsp;Hawai&lsquo;i&rsquo;s monarchs at home and abroad, these vibrantly colored treasures of the Hawaiian people endure today as masterpieces of unparalleled artistry, technical skill, and cultural pride.</p> <h4 style="text-align: justify;">Featherwork: A Conservator&rsquo;s Approach</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;">This related exhibition explores the unique challenges around the study and care of feathered objects and textiles. The diverse objects on view are drawn from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco&rsquo;s permanent collections, and include western hats, African headdresses, an Inuit parka, and a Peruvian feathered wall panel. An interactive touch screen allows visitors to learn more about each feathered object, the damaged sustained by these delicate and fragile pieces, and the scientific testing and conservation techniques that help to preserve them. The exhibition is a result of collaboration between the conservation departments for Textile Arts and Objects at the de Young.</p> <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-field-credit-line"> <div class="field field-name-field-credit-line field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Presenting Sponsors</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Michael Taylor Trust<br />Diane B. Wilsey</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Director's Circle</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Akiko Yamazaki, Chair, and Anthony Sun, Chairman Emeritus, Asian Art Museum</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Curator's Circle</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Selz Foundation, Inc.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Conservator&rsquo;s Circle&nbsp;</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bank of the West<br />Mrs. Dwight (Blossom) Strong<br />Thomas W. Weisel Family</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">Benefactor&rsquo;s Circle</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark and Carolyn Blackburn<br />Paula and Bandel Carano<br />The Donald and Maureen Green Foundation<br />Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Smith</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Support for the education and public programs is provided by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:21 +0000 Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Sherry Byrd - Oakland Museum of California - September 12th - February 21st, 2016 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="pane-content"> <div class="section field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlighting the stunning creations of five quilters from the Oakland-based Eli Leon collection, <em>Yo-Yos &amp; Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts </em>presents 20 quilts that defy standard expectations, dating from the late 1980s and early 2000s. Featuring complex asymmetrical patterns, unusual materials and an improvisational creation process, these quilts are unique artworks that expand the notions of craft through&nbsp;exuberant artistic expression. Presenting stories from each maker&mdash;Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins, and Sherry Byrd&mdash;the exhibition illuminates how these quilts came to be, and the collaborations and relationships involved in their creation. Although the quilts are highly distinct from each other, the exhibition reflects the makers&rsquo; individual interests, skills and talents and Eli Leon&rsquo;s vision and unique story as a collector, beginning in the early 1970s and with a large focus on African-American quilters.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Yo-Yos &amp; Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts <em>is made possible in part by generous support from the Simpson Family.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:40:01 +0000 Meridel Rubenstein - Brian Gross Fine Art - September 12th - October 31st <p>Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Santa Fe artist, Meridel Rubenstein, opening Saturday, September 12, 2015 with a reception from 3-5 pm, and an artist&rsquo;s talk at 3:30 pm. On view will be ten new photoworks from <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, the second part of Rubenstein&rsquo;s three part series, <em>Eden Turned on its Side</em>.&nbsp; In <em>The Volcano Cycle,</em> Rubenstein explores deep time through images of the smoldering volcanoes that make up Indonesia&rsquo;s Ring of Fire, evoking thoughts of earth, climate change, and human co-evolution.&nbsp; <em>The Volcano Cycle</em> will be on view through October 31, 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s series, <em>Eden Turned on its Side</em>, investigates ecological processes across time that either reinforce or destroy the notion of Eden.&nbsp; These photoworks focus on the poetic intersection of nature and culture in relation to ecological and social imbalance.&nbsp; Rubenstein&rsquo;s previous exhibition at the gallery focused on <em>Photosynthesis</em>, the first part of the cycle.&nbsp; In the final segment, <em>Eden in Iraq</em>, she is co-designing a wastewater garden/memorial in the marshes of southern Iraq that aims to transform relics of war into art.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, Rubenstein explores volcanoes as a regenerative phenomenon.&nbsp; She captures the cycle of destruction/regeneration through images of charred trees, acidic lakes, volcanic plumes, ash rubble, and plant life emerging from barren ground.&nbsp; Printed using dye sublimation on aluminum sheets, the photoworks shimmer with a metallic luster, adding a sense of alchemical change. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meridel Rubenstein was born in Detroit, MI in 1948. She received an MA and MFA from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Since 2006, she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. &nbsp;From 2000-2005, she taught at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and from 1985-90 she headed the photography program at San Francisco State University. &nbsp;Rubenstein has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and is currently a fellow at the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.&nbsp; She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s work has been the focus of numerous museum exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. She was one of only two New Mexico artists included in the inaugural Site Santa Fe in 1995.&nbsp; Her work has been exhibited at the Louvre; the International Center for Photography, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Smith College Museum of Art; the UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rubenstein&rsquo;s photoworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the High Museum, Atlanta; the Denver Art Museum; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:21:37 +0000 Coco Fusco - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 19th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p dir="ltr">Part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">When the chimp psychologist from Planet of the Apes travelled back in time to pay our civilization a visit, she charmed and terrified humans who sensed that her kind would soon overtake them. Try as humans did to destroy Zira, and thus engineer a different future for their race, they did not succeed in ridding themselves of her or any of her talking ape brethren, who return in endless sequels and remakes to this day. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Zira is an expert in human behavior. In Ape City she conducted experiments on human subjects and dissected their brains. Her civilization was designed to avoid the human forms of aggression that lead to calamities, and her behavioral studies were key to forging that split between those hominids who destroy each other and those who would not. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />For this performance, Zira shares her observations of human predation with a lecture followed by a question and answer session.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:31:03 +0000 Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 14th - December 6th <p dir="ltr">Our laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets derive from and return to the earth in a harmful cycle that requires urgent awareness and action to address humanity&rsquo;s permanent impact on the planet. <em>Earth Machines</em> considers this relentless stream of new tech products, the materials they are made of, and their ecological influence. In this small group exhibition, each work of photography, sculpture, sound, or painting explores a different aspect of the rapid production of electronics and the resulting effects on the environment, from rare earth mining, to the disposal of e-waste and the long-term decomposition of tech products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Artists include: Alisa Baremboym, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Kevin McElvaney, Leslie Shows, Addie Wagenknecht</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Join us for the Opening Reception on Fri, Aug 14, 6 PM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:21:33 +0000 Jennie Ottinger, Jason Jägel, Rachel Harrison - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - July 23rd - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;presents works by a selection of contemporary artists that directly relate to the life and music of Amy Winehouse. Highly regarded Bay Area artists Jennie Ottinger and Jason J&auml;gel, whose work extends the figurative tradition, will present especially commissioned works for the exhibition. J&auml;gel will create a new mural-sized painting for the wall facing Yerba Buena Lane and Ottinger will create a stop-motion video animation using original paintings. In addition, the exhibition will include a series of untitled drawings (2011&ndash; 2012) with Amy Winehouse as the subject by New York artist Rachel Harrison. These drawings, made using colored pencil on paper, depict Winehouse alongside famous characters from art history like Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Willem de Kooning.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Major sponsorship has been provided by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Gaia Fund, and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Media Sponsorship for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</em>&nbsp;is provided by 7x7.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:22:23 +0000 Peter Alexander, Lisa K. Blatt, Peter Dreher, Moira Dryer, Masood Kamandy, Robert Kooima, Michael Light, Josiah McElheny, Fred Tomaselli - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - June 18th - September 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">In the eighteenth century, the concept of the sublime became very influential among painters and poets due to an increasing interest in the aesthetics of science. Expanding global exploration made people astutely aware of the enormous scale and splendor of the planet&rsquo;s wild places, and astronomy was revealing the staggering immensity of the universe. The result was a combination of awe and fear&mdash;awe at the majesty and beauty of creation, and fear of human frailty, mortality, and insignificance in the light of the vastness of the cosmos. This response itself became a point of interest: how do we existentially resolve our psychology and spirituality with this new information?<br /><br />Taking the title from the biblical concept that, &ldquo;the day goes after the night,&rdquo; (Gen 1:5) at the time of creation,&nbsp;<em>Night Begins the Day</em>&nbsp;is an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-seven artists, scientists, and creative thinkers that, in this current moment of expansion through scientific development, look at three aspects of contemporary art that can be seen as emerging from the historic precedent of the sublime: technological innovation; new understandings of time; and new expressions of awe and fear that have emerged from contemporary irony and cultural critique.<br /><br />Featured artists/contributors include Peter Alexander, Lisa K. Blatt, Peter Dreher, Moira Dryer, Institute For Figuring, Masood Kamandy, Robert Kooima, Michael Light, Josiah McElheny, and Fred Tomaselli.<br /><br />Organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Curated by Chief Curator Renny Pritikin and Associate Curator Lily Siegel. A fully illustrated catalog with essays by the curators, Dodie Bellamy, and Nathaniel Deutch will be available.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty</em>&nbsp;is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Presenting sponsorship for this exhibition has been provided by the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Major sponsorship has been provided by an Anonymous donor, Gaia Fund, RayKo Photo Center, and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Additional generous support is provided by The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund.</p> <p class="footnote" style="text-align: justify;">Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum&rsquo;s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:16:47 +0000 Gianni Piacentino, Carol Bove, Louise Bourgeois, El Anatsui, Jiro Takamatsu - Altman Siegel Gallery - September 17th - October 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Altman Siegel is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Standing and Hanging,&nbsp;</em>an exhibition of five sculptures by the artists El Anatsui, Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Gianni Piacentino and Jiro Takamatsu.&nbsp;<em>Standing and Hanging&nbsp;</em>presents sculptures that are all variously contending with how an object sits in space, be it on the floor, or suspended in the air. Whether in anthropomorphic scale, or literally describing human form, the sculptures are attuned to the body in space, and to the encounter between viewer and artwork. Organized in collaboration with Adrian Rosenfeld, the exhibition brings together a disparate group of sculptors, and is conceived as a kind of meditation on the words 'above' and 'below.'&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">El Anatsui's&nbsp;<em>Uwa</em><em>-&nbsp;</em>"world" in the language of the Nigerian Igbo people-is a suspended sphere composed from bits of salvaged aluminum, trailing onto the floor and into a network of latticed bottle caps. These found scraps, with their still legible bits of beer can text, are transformed into swatches of color in a densely textured and dynamic composition.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Louise Bourgeois'&nbsp;<em>Femme</em>&nbsp;depicts a pregnant figure hanging in an enigmatic pose, hands stretched downwards in a posture of possible fortitude, while also prostrate, and with legs partially omitted. Bourgeois said of her hanging sculptures, "Horizontality is a desire to give up, to sleep. Verticality is an attempt to escape. Hanging and floating are states of ambivalence." The figure depicts a conflicted conception of femininity and motherhood, as both a state of dispossession and strength.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Carol Bove's fastidiously assembled metal curtain creates a planar division of space, as the area beyond the curtain remains visible behind the shimmering links. The work functions as an interval in the room, with the space around the work, what Bove has called "the non-object in the room," as critical to the piece as the object itself.&nbsp; Bove is influenced greatly by the vocabulary of public sculpture and her work often invokes such subtleties found at the intersection of design and sociology.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gianni Piacentino's&nbsp;<em>BLUE-PURPLE BIG L</em>&nbsp;is a seminal work by the Italian artist, whose early participation in the 1966 group show "Arte Abitabile" (Habitable Art) at the Sperone Gallery in Turin secured his place in Arte Povera. Terming his work "artigianato inutile" or "useless craftwork," this early work demonstrates Piacentino's interest in vernaculars of fabrication and design. The L form, emptied of particular use value, is ground for a meticulously applied lacquer. While contemporary with the American Minimalists, and bearing superficial similarities, Piacentino's subtractive forms evidence an interest in surface and symbolic allusion very much his own.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A key figure in the development of the Mono-Ha ("School of Things") movement, Jiro Takamatsu was best known for works that sought, through simple gestures and everyday materials, to reveal his pursuit of truth to material. In&nbsp;<em>Oneness of Cedar,</em>&nbsp;1970, sections of cedar tree trunks have been carved into rectangular lengths, the process plainly evident, and governed by the native attributes of the wood. This sculpture is from the series&nbsp;<em>Oneness</em>&nbsp;that begun in 1970, in which the artist's subtle formal manipulations of various materials-including wood, concrete, and paper- work to emphasize inherent properties of the materials used.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">El Anatsui (b. 1944) lives and works between Ghana and Nigeria.&nbsp; He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, NY and this summer was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale. Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) lived and worked in New York. A special long-term installation of hers will be on view at the new Fondazione Prada, Milan. Her estate is represented by Cheim and Read, NY. Carol Bove (b. 1971) was raised in Berkeley, California and is in the collections of MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum and many others.&nbsp; She is represented by Maccarone Inc. and David Zwirner, NY.&nbsp; Gianni Piacentino (b. 1945) lives and works in Turin. This summer, Centre d'Art Contemporain Gen&egrave;ve inaugurated his first retrospective exhibition. He is represented by Michael Werner Gallery, NY. Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) was a pivotal member of both the influential Japanese art movements Hi Red Center and Mono-Ha. His estate is represented by Fergus McCaffrey, New York / St. Barth and Yumiko Chiba, Tokyo.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:29:50 +0000 Val Britton, Christine Elfman, Ana Teresa Fernández, Helen Rebekah Garber, Ranu Mukherjee - Gallery Wendi Norris - August 6th - September 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;">Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Group Hang</em>, an exhibition featuring new works by five California-based female artists from the gallery&rsquo;s roster:&nbsp;<strong>Val Britton</strong>,<strong>&nbsp;Christine Elfman</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Ana Teresa Fern&aacute;ndez</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Helen Rebekah Garber</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>Ranu Mukherjee</strong>. Please join us for the opening on Thursday, August 6, from&nbsp;6:00-8:00PM. The exhibition will be on view through September 3.<br /><br />Britton will present intricate collaged works on paper; Elfman's&nbsp;photographic works feature images created via an anthotype process; Fern&aacute;ndez&nbsp;will exhibit a painting from her&nbsp;<em>Tudo Joia</em>&nbsp;body of work, made in Brazil during the protests surrounding the 2014 World Cup; Garber has created a group of&nbsp;small-scale paintings&nbsp;drawing on elements from a diverse array of iconographic systems; and Mukherjee will&nbsp;present&nbsp;works on paper and her most recent animated film,&nbsp;<em>Home and the World</em>, in its West Coast debut.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:34:25 +0000 Piero Spadaro, Klari Reis, Jeffrey Palladini - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - August 5th - September 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a three-person exhibition entitled&nbsp;<em>Surface</em>&nbsp;featuring the works of Jeffrey Palladini, Klari Reis and Piero Spadaro.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><em>Surface - of, on, or pertaining to the surface; apparent rather than real</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition aims to bring together a group of diverse artists, working in various mediums, who all push the boundaries of a typical art object&rsquo;s surface. Jeffrey Palladini, Klari Reis, and Piero Spadaro each invite the viewer to question what is before them and further examine.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jeffrey Palladini&rsquo;s Monitor Paintings, as their title denotes, are painted television monitors with a digital video running on a fixed loop. The conceptual underpinning of these works is the duality between stillness and motion, the passive and the active, and the tensions created between the two. These works are intentionally constructed to behave like paintings, similar to his oil and charcoal works on panel, though the foreground of a looped video creates an unexpected surface.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Klari Reis is exhibiting both painting and installation based pieces that are anything but traditional. In both bodies of works, Reis uses the tools and techniques of science, constantly experimenting with new ways to apply materials and methods. The unifying theme is her mastery of a new plastic, epoxy polymer &ndash; which is UV resistant. The surface of her paintings give the appearance of three &ndash; dimensional wall sculptures with compositions of brightly colored smears, bumps, shifts, stains, and blobs atop aluminum and wood panels. Her installation series entitled Hypochondria, consists of hand painted petri dishes mounted on the wall at varying distances, densities and stylistic groupings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Piero Spadaro enlists assorted materials such as glitter, textured paper, ground pigment, acrylic, and resin to create paintings in the color field tradition with a revamped and provocative contemporary vibe. His work strikes a balance between deliberation and chance creating topographical maps that flow over the surface on panels. His surfaces are textured and dense with divisions, or bands, alluding to horizons that are layered, fleeting, and always relative.</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:59:37 +0000 - Mills College Art Museum - September 16th - December 13th <p>Public Works: Artists&rsquo; Interventions 1970-Now</p> <p>September 16-December 13, 2015</p> <p>Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 16, 6-8 pm</p> <p>Public Works: Artists' Interventions 1970s&ndash;Now examines strategies of public practice by women artists from the 1970s to the present. The exhibition features works by Amy Balkin, Tania Bruguera, Candy Chang, Minerva Cuevas, Agnes Denes, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Karen Finley, Coco Fusco, the Guerrilla Girls, Sharon Hayes, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jenny Holzer, Emily Jacir, Suzanne Lacy, Marie Lorenz, Susan O&rsquo;Malley, Adrian Piper, Laurie Jo Reynolds|Tamms Year Ten, Favianna Rodriguez, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Stephanie Syjuco, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Public Works presents audio, documentation, ephemera, photography, prints, and video from a number of important historic and contemporary projects that explore the inherent politics and social conditions of creating art in public space. A number of public programs, including new commissions featuring performances by Constance Hockaday and Jenifer K. Wofford produced in collaboration with Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), will accompany the exhibition, in addition to a full color catalogue.</p> <p>Public Works is curated by Christian L. Frock, independent curator and writer, and Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts at SFMOMA. The exhibition is supported in part by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:59:12 +0000