ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Lexis Rubenis - 111 Minna Gallery - November 1st, 2013 - November 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">111 Minna Proudly Presents,&nbsp;Lexis Rubenis Solo Exhibition&nbsp;| Zappa Gallery |</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Lexis Rubenis&rsquo; art aesthetic is a mix of surrealism and abstract art with an allure that is often compared to staring into a dream or a magnificent skyline of city. Having grown up within the San Francisco Bay Area street art scene in the late 1990&rsquo;s, Lexis&rsquo; initially only practiced in this style before moving into his current approach of making his art forms. Employed more than a decade at several art specialty shops, he progressed his color techniques with acrylic paints and inks and honed his daringly unique style further. Despite senior criticism from intensely conservative areas, he continued producing according to his &lsquo;new world&rsquo; vision and focused on his future demographic. This would later yield greater success in the long run for him. The style that he calls &ldquo;subconscious imagery,&rdquo; works off the idea to make entirely new shapes, which often end up containing appearances of untraceable memories.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Having studied the street of its graffiti and having completed various fine art classes at the San Francisco Academy of Art, his skill as a visual artist has sharpened but for the most part his own techniques are kept secret.&nbsp; Lexis has exhibited his work in various galleries and venues in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Berlin.</span></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:25:03 +0000 Jesico, Tony Duong, Mark Heredia - 1AM Gallery - October 18th, 2013 - November 23rd, 2013 <p id="docs-internal-guid-48539761-8002-9b8b-463b-edf42ca25cc7" dir="ltr">SAN FRANCISCO, CA &ndash; 1AM is pleased to present, &ldquo;Connotations&rdquo;, opening on October 18th, from 6:30 &ndash; 9:30 PM, &ldquo;Connotations&rdquo; will showcase works inspired by tattoo art by Jesico, Tony Duong, and Mark Heredia. Expect to see colorful adaptations of traditional and non-traditional tattoo designs as well as complex, mix-and-match compositions showcasing tattoo iconography from around the globe.</p> <p dir="ltr">&lsquo;&ldquo;Connotations&rdquo;&rsquo; is a chance to revel in Tattoo relevance&rdquo; says Bay Area Native, Jesico. For these three artists, Tattoo is about endless study and first hand experience so that it becomes second nature. The compositions in &ldquo;Connotations&rdquo; reveal the artists&rsquo; devotion to studying the great artists before them and preserving Tattoo as an art from. In the words of Jesico, &lsquo;&ldquo;Connotations&rdquo; pays homage to the repetition, creativity, intrigue and wanderlust that is Tattoo.&rsquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Over the course of the last decade, Jesico traveled around the world piecing together bits of knowledge passed down from greater artists in order to develop his own cohesive style. Jesico has designed tattoos and produced art from Japan to Switzerland, and now resides here in the Bay Area making tattoos full-time. Tony Duong and Mark Heredia are tattoo artists at Hold Fast Studio in Redwood City. Both artists work diligently, honing their craft while making their mark in shops all around California.</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information, visit If you have any questions or would like to request a preview catalog, please email</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:35:27 +0000 Jessica Dickinson - Altman Siegel Gallery - November 7th, 2013 - December 21st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Altman Siegel</strong> is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by <strong>Jessica Dickinson</strong>.&nbsp; This is the New York based painter's first exhibition with the gallery and in San Francisco.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition consists of three paintings accompanied by large works on paper. Dickinson's abstract paintings are layered over an extended period of time through repeated additive and subtractive procedures with oil on a plaster like surface. Events of marking, scraping, covering, cutting into and revealing are compressed as the paintings unfold actions of chance, change, and intention over time. The mixed media works on paper offer contrast through their differing material processes, incorporating the index of time, pressure, and marks formed beneath and between the peripheral activities of making the paintings. Dickinson's decelerated works have the feeling of exposed surfaces moving through different states, where matter asserts itself as something impenetrable while at the same time vulnerable.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition is titled 'Of-', expressing the relationship between parts, understanding that nothing can be fully seen or known at once. This speaks of the connections between the works, but also the process of looking at each piece individually as they shift according to distance, closeness, and oblique angles. Oscillating between atmosphere and hard matter, the works follow sensations of an unfolding thought process examining an idea, emotion, or situation in it's various conflicting dimensions over time. Moving through the works is the sense of a space that alters between being an obstruction, veil, threshold or opening. These works present the residue of past marks, decisions, and attempts at breaching the surface, while at the same time beginning to delineate the present and future. &nbsp;The title 'Of-' also lets the works rest in states of being "of" something - of physical matter, of subject, of vision, of process, of time - never a whole in itself but "connected with, taken from, made from, relating to, affected by".&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="right"><span style="font-size: small;">- Jessica Dickinson</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Jessica Dickinson (b. 1975, St. Paul, MN) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1999 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997. Recent solo exhibitions include David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis (2013); Maisterravalbuena, Madrid (2012); and James Fuentes, NY (2011, 2009). Numerous group exhibitions include Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens;BiennaleOnline2013, selection by Nancy Spector;&nbsp;Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection: Painting in the 2.5th Dimension&nbsp;at The Zabludowicz Collection, London;&nbsp;Come Through&nbsp;at Sikkema Jenkins, NY; and&nbsp;Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and The Ready Made Gesture&nbsp;at The Kitchen, NY, curated by Debra Singer.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:41:25 +0000 Tom Bolles, Andrew Burgess - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - October 16th, 2013 - November 15th, 2013 <p><strong>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</strong></p> <p>Contact: Jennifer Draughon</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery</p> <p>545 4<sup>th</sup> Street, San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p>415.495.2090 &ndash; Phone</p> <p>415.495.2094 &ndash; Fax</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tom Bolles and Andrew Burgess</strong></p> <p><strong>October 16 &ndash; November 15, 2013</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 PM </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings by Tom Bolles and Andrew Burgess opening Wednesday, October 16, 2013.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The subjects of my paintings are essentially the materials, the colors and the surfaces.</em> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Tom Bolles</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In his new series, <em>Binary</em>, Tom Bolles blends computer-generated work and his characteristic style of minimal color field painting.&nbsp; When viewed up close the surfaces of this new series exposes a network of thousands of tiny 0&rsquo;s and 1&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Bolles uses this binary vocabulary as an acknowledgement of our increasingly digital world, where technology, like all tools, has both advantages and limitations<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>My paintings explore abstraction through the form of architectural space.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em>--Andrew Burgess</p> <p>Andrew Burgess combines his love of abstract painting and his interest in architectural spaces to create works that blur the line between representational and abstraction.&nbsp; His urban panoramas and cityscapes explore abstraction through the geometric patterns and color blocks formed by rooftops and buildings.&nbsp;</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery was established in 1982 and is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco in our new gallery space located at 545 &ndash; 4<sup>th</sup> Street. ASG exhibits contemporary work of mid-career artists from the Bay Area and across the country.&nbsp; ASG is a member of SFADA.&nbsp; Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 9 - 5, Saturday by appointment. For further information and materials please contact Jennifer Draughon at 415-495-2090 or; Additional information may also be found on our website, Thank you</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:31:31 +0000 Barron Storey - Anno Domini - October 4th, 2013 - December 14th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The legendary illustrator and fine artist, Barron Storey, returns to Anno Domini for his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Having lost several people close to him to suicide: mother, her brother, ex-wife, and close friend, Storey began asking others: &ldquo;Did you know anyone who committed suicide?&rdquo; So many did. Storey made drawings of each one in his journals&hellip;.pages and pages of them. The resulting art works on canvas are poignant, beautifully expressed moments of deep despair and the struggle to understand &ldquo;why?&rdquo;.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">An illustrator, graphic novelist, fine artist and noted educator, Barron Storey has created award-winning artworks for the covers and pages of Time, National Geographic,&nbsp;SaturdayReview, and The Sandman: Endless Nights, among many others including the cover of the classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1980 edition.) His artworks are held in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian&rsquo;s National Portrait Gallery.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Storey resides in San Francisco, CA and is a professor at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Special music performances throughout the evening by&nbsp;<strong>Freya Seeburger&nbsp;</strong>(cello) &amp;<strong>Giovanna Hutchison</strong>&nbsp;(soprano).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Artist's Reception:</strong>&nbsp;Friday, October 4, 2013 from 7&ndash;11pm&nbsp;<a title="Barron Storey" href=";id=1bdd7743f4&amp;e=bebc62c4ef" target="_blank">RSVP</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="PublicNotice"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">PLEASE NOTE our Holiday Schedule:</span></p> <p class="PublicNotice"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">CLOSED: DEC 3rd&ndash;9th</span></p> <p class="PublicNotice"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">OPEN: DEC 10th&ndash;14th<br /> This is the <em>closing week for Barron Storey &amp; Megan Diddie exhibitions.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">CLOSED: DEC 17th through holiday season</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:09:23 +0000 Megan Diddie - Anno Domini - November 1st, 2013 - December 14th, 2013 <blockquote><span style="font-size: small;">Breathing up from the ocean</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">To touch the tree covered mountains</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">To rain on the forest floors</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Fog blanketed our vision&hellip;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Now see a car, a pelican flapping by the windshield</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Now see the bramble wrap around the leg</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Now a thousand legs pounding out paths</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Now the forms recoil, the surf slaps the rock</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Phrases meshing images of plants</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">into half useful shapes:</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">A basket walled on three sides,</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">A shawl fraying violently at the end, becoming two</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In air, Bougainvillea vines behind</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">A curtain of chimes, pushed by wind</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Clanging against their wills</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Images held, Images remembered</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Now see Flowers in the phone</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Winding through the Fog hung coastal range</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Now trammelling ahead in Flatness</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">At rest.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">~poem by Tim Hogan</span></blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Megan Diddie returns to Anno Domini for her second solo exhibition featuring a new series of works. Having grown up in California but now living in the midwest, Diddie's perception of the California landscape has changed. What was once familiar is now peculiar as distance, memory and comparisons to new environments change her perspective of her home state.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="PublicNotice"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">PLEASE NOTE our Holiday Schedule:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="PublicNotice"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">CLOSED: DEC 3rd&ndash;9th</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="PublicNotice"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">OPEN: DEC 10th&ndash;14th<br /> This is the <em>closing week for Barron Storey &amp; Megan Diddie exhibitions.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">CLOSED: DEC 17th through holiday season</span><br /></span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:08:09 +0000 Aurthur Comings, Gregg Jabs, Stuart Wagner - art works downtown - September 13th, 2013 - November 15th, 2013 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:52:20 +0000 Bob Nugent - art works downtown - October 25th, 2013 - November 22nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">My work refers to Brazilian travels, specifically along the Amazon River Basin. Naturalistic forms resembling beehives, vertebrae, cocoons, anthills, plant forms and insects are spread across the surface of the work. My palette is often subdued beneath a layer of darkness, suggesting mystery. The work transcribes a memory of objects and impressions of what was seen and felt. Brazil and the Amazon River Basin have been the subject and inspiration for my work for more than twenty-five years. The Amazon River is an apt metaphor for the act of churning up remembered objects and sights, gathered while traveling along its rough course. In its flow, the river boils an object to the surface only to swallow it up again to resurface later. These impressions are a memory of the river bound on both sides by a high, dark jungle; foreboding and beautiful.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:08:36 +0000 Ellie Barrett Wilder - art works downtown - November 8th, 2013 - December 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ellie Barrett Wilder is interested in&nbsp;stream of consciousness.&nbsp;Used in literature, and experimented with at length by&nbsp;the Dadaists and Surrealists, it&rsquo;s a time-honored&nbsp;tradition, offering a sense&nbsp;of freedom for the artist. Throughout&nbsp;our lives we&rsquo;re compelled to make sense, to be&nbsp;organized, straightforward, predictable, and to get the&nbsp;story straight. Formal&nbsp;aesthetics demands structure&nbsp;and order. In her work, Wilder expresses&nbsp;freely using images, symbols, color, texture, and form, with layers of space and light.&nbsp;This style of expression brings&nbsp;with it an invitation to meaning. The&nbsp;narrative then&nbsp;follows the act, as it often does in life.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:44:55 +0000 Anita MacAleavey - art works downtown - November 8th, 2013 - December 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A self-acknowledged Dirt Diva, Anita MacAleavey explores the plant world and takes high-resolution digital photographs of whatever plant material inspires her imagination. Working with these images, she transforms them into intricate, exquisitely detailed abstracts.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Subtly sheened canvas is the material of choice for print, using archival inks. You are invited to come, share, and enjoy!&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:46:27 +0000 - art works downtown - November 8th, 2013 - December 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sales of works benefit the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks and Art Works Downtown.&nbsp;Starting bids at half price.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-size: small;">Artwork by Art Works Downtown Artists</span></h2> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Great Deals. &nbsp;Great Causes.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:50:27 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - October 20th, 2012 - August 3rd, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;">Our bodies are moving canvases; the orna&shy;ments we wear are seen from different angles, in bright sun and evening shadows, at simple gatherings and fancy events. While jewelry often proclaims the wealth and status of its owner, each object can also tell other stories. These are stories of the cycle of life&mdash;engagements, weddings, births, deaths. Jewelry can function as a talisman, encapsulating our wishes for protection or hopes for prosperity.<br /><br />On view in gallery 11 of the Southeast Asian galleries (October 20, 2012&ndash;August 3, 2014) is a remarkable selection of jewelry from the James and Elaine Connell Collection. After donating their collection of Thai ceramics to the Asian Art Museum in 1989, the Connells began collect&shy;ing jewelry, selecting rare objects from a wide range of Southeast Asian cultures. The forty-one pieces of jewelry on display, which were recently donated to the museum, come primarily from Indonesia but also include examples from the Philippines, Malaysia, and Burma.<br /><br />Ancient Indian texts describe a region called&nbsp;<em>Suvarnadvipa&nbsp;</em>(&ldquo;Golden Island&rdquo; or &ldquo;Golden Peninsula&rdquo;), a term thought by many to des&shy;ignate the Indonesian islands, particularly Sumatra. Sumatra is rich in gold deposits that were exported throughout the archipelago. Gold has long been treasured for its luster, malleabil&shy;ity, and resistance to corrosion. In many of these island cultures, gold was associated with the sun and with the ancestral deities.<br /><br />While many of the objects on display are gold, other materials were also used for ornamentation. Bells, beads, bones, beaks&mdash;Southeast Asians made jewelry from a vast array of materials, both imported and local. Traditions of jewelry making are especially rich among the peoples of Mindanao Island and the Luzon highlands of the Philippines and a case in the display exhibits objects from these regions.<br /><br />The jewelry of neighboring regions (or even within an area) can be dramatically varied, including both strikingly bold forms and objects finely crafted with intricate detail. Certain shapes, like the omega-shape &Omega;, spread across thousands of miles and are linked to notions of female fertility. Other forms, like the huge plate-shaped gold chest ornaments called&nbsp;<em>piring mas&nbsp;</em>(gold plates), are found only in a small number of eastern Indonesian islands.<br /><br />Most of the objects on display most likely date from 1800-1900, but it is possible some are much older. Jewelry of these types is no longer made in many of these regions, although heirlooms are still kept, treasured, and worn on ceremonial occasions. As a group these objects illustrate the great diversity of techniques, materials and functions of jewelry made by some of the many distinct cultural societies of Southeast Asia.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:11:19 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - October 11th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013 <div class="summary editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Some of the Bay Area&rsquo;s most exciting contemporary artists respond to the question: what is Asia?</span></div> <div class="summary editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div class="summary editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A</span><span style="font-size: small;">sian influences are pervasive in U.S. culture, perhaps nowhere more so than in the Bay Area. But we each encounter Asia differently&mdash;some have the intimacy of lineage, while others might have little awareness. In <em>Proximities</em>, a three-part exhibition, a multiplicity of perspectives comes together at the museum, with works that stimulate dialogue around individual ideas about Asia. <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Proximities 1: What Time Is It There?</em></a> (May 24&ndash;July 21) presents themes related to landscape, imagined and real. <em>Proximities 2: Knowing Me, Knowing You</em> examines Asia as seen through family and community (Oct 11&ndash;Dec 8).&nbsp;<em>Proximities 3: Import/Export</em> considers trade and commerce (Dec 20, 2013&shy;&ndash;Feb 23, 2014).</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition is curated by Glen Helfand, an independent writer, critic, curator, and educator.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:03:26 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - October 25th, 2013 - January 12th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art&nbsp;</em>explores the importance and cultural significance of celebrations during Korea&rsquo;s Joseon dynasty.</span></p> <div class="body editor_content" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Much of today&rsquo;s Korean culture derives from the traditions of the Joseon Dynasty (1392&ndash;1910), when observations of milestones&mdash;birthdays, weddings, promotions&mdash;followed elaborate protocols. <em>In Grand Style</em> explores the art of celebrations during this era, featuring over 100 exquisite artworks from Korea including paintings of royal banquets, a royal throne, a king&rsquo;s palanquin, and other national treasures on view in the U.S. for the first time.</span></div> <div class="body editor_content" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:49:38 +0000 Qi Baishi - Asian Art Museum - October 29th, 2013 - July 13th, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>The Carved Brush</em> showcases works by acclaimed Chinese artist Qi Baish. Born into a poor farming family and coming of age during China&rsquo;s century of civil strife, Baishi became the most widely recognized Chinese artist of his time. His distinctly modern art broke through class and cultural barriers through use of expressive &ldquo;carved&rdquo; brushwork. Qi Baishi&rsquo;s art is the ideal gateway through which art lovers of any class or culture can learn about the millennia-old tradition of Chinese brush painting.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Born into a poor farming family and coming of age during China&rsquo;s century of civil strife, Qi Baishi rose to become one of the most widely recognized Chinese artists of his time. His distinctly modern art broke through class and cultural barriers through use of expressive &ldquo;carved&rdquo; brushwork, juxtaposition of vibrant colors against deep and rich ink tones, economy in form and composition, and selection of emotionally resonant subject matter. He is credited with transforming the brush art of China&rsquo;s educated elite into a more universal art form, appreciated by people of all social backgrounds. Qi Baishi&rsquo;s paintings featured rugged, expressive brushwork based on his practice of the related arts of brush-written calligraphy and seal carving&mdash;the art of carving characters in stone. Can you spot the relation between his calligraphy and seal carving, and the &ldquo;carved&rdquo; brushwork in his paintings?</span><br /><br /></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Much as a poet strives to communicate deep meaning with few words, Qi Baishi simplified his rendering of his subjects to a minimum number of brush touches. In this way, he integrated representational elements with abstraction in an attempt to capture the spiritual essence of his subjects.</span></p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:06:28 +0000 Charlene Tan, Anne McGuire, Barry McGee, Pawel Kruk, Michael Jang, Mik Gaspay, Kota Ezawa - Asian Art Museum - November 14th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013 <p><em>Proximities</em> is a three-part contemporary art exhibition of new works look at the wide, elusive range of Asia through perspectives of Bay Area artists. Paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, and events are organized around cultural themes saturated with varying aspects of Asia. The works reflect the artists&rsquo; personal proximities to Asia and Asian history. The exhibition illuminates ideas and viewpoints, opening dialogues among audiences of many artistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:10:46 +0000