ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Alexander Cheves - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (Window Site) - May 9th - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>I wouldn&rsquo;t have called anyhow,&nbsp;</em>consists of large-scale painted wood constructions that form a cast of abstract characters referencing iconic man-made and natural shapes such as swimming pools, farm houses, corner stores, empty fields and open skies. The forms are positioned to tell a story, which as the artist describes, &ldquo;is a scene from a dream. It is a simple but personal narrative&mdash;an allegorical exercise in understanding fear.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Cheves&rsquo;s installation engenders a sense of foreboding as a pair of rounded sculptures tries to make their way through the space where lankly, saw-toothed objects and their prominent shadows dominate the terrain. No resolution is implied. It is merely a snapshot of a moment inviting interpretation. According to Shiffler, &ldquo;The almost-recognizable sculptural forms in this new installation are powerful and imposing, but also loaded with his signature dark sense of humor that allows an entry point for anyone to be drawn into the work.&rdquo;</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:49:22 +0000 Catherine Maize - Paul Thiebaud Gallery (SF) - April 15th - May 31st Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:45:57 +0000 Yuh-Shioh Wong - Anthony Meier Fine Arts - May 16th - June 20th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:34:53 +0000 Bruce Davidson - Robert Koch Gallery - May 1st - June 28th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:31:09 +0000 Group Show - Mills College Art Museum - May 4th - May 25th <p class="hilite margin-top30" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition showcases works by students created for their graduate degrees in the Mills College MFA Studio Arts program.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Featuring work by 12 MFA candidates, this annual exhibition is the culmination of the two-year Mills College MFA program in Studio Art.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:27:01 +0000 Lonnie Holley - Kadist Art Foundation - May 14th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Lonnie Holley, the legendary folk artist and musician from Birmingham, Alabama, will join BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder for a conversation about creativity following a screening of a video the artist made with George King and Dust to Digital.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>May 14 7pm (cocktail) and 8:00 (event)</strong></span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:24:23 +0000 Wolfgang Bloch - Hespe Gallery - May 1st - June 14th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:15:29 +0000 Hiroshi Sugimoto - Fraenkel Gallery - May 1st - July 3rd <div class="entry-content"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition is the first U.S. presentation of Sugimoto&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>The Last Supper: Acts of God</em> (1999/2012), a five-panel photograph, more than 24 feet in length. The artist first created this work in 1999, from a life-size wax reproduction of Leonardo&rsquo;s <em>The Last Supper, </em>which he photographed at a museum in Izu, Japan. In 2012, while the work was stored in the artist&rsquo;s basement, it was damaged by the storm surge and flooding that occurred when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City. Sugimoto chose to retain the dramatic marks, colorations and ripples that have changed the character of the photograph. He commented:</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">I chose to interpret this as the invisible hand of God coming down to bring my monumental, but unfinished <em>Last Supper</em> to completion. Leonardo completed his <em>Last Supper</em> over five hundred years ago, and it has deteriorated beautifully. I can only be grateful to the storm for putting my work through a half-millennium&rsquo;s worth of stresses in so short a time.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Gallery II also will feature a single work, <em>Sea of Galilee, Golan,</em> 1992, a black-and-white seascape with a quietly undulating surface and a nebulous horizon. This is the sea on which Jesus is said to have walked&mdash;one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. Gallery III will present five large-format prints from Sugimoto&rsquo;s most recent series, <em>In Praise of Shadows. </em>Each photograph is an extreme close-up of a single candle flame, whose flickering white heat seems to sear the paper.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo, Japan) lives and works in New York and Japan. Among his series are <em>Seascapes, Theaters, Dioramas, Portraits</em> (of wax figures), <em>Architecture, Lightning Fields, and Photogenic Drawings</em>. His work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Foundation Cartier, Paris, among many others. In 2013 he received the decoration of <em>Officier dans l&rsquo;Ordre des Arts et des Lettres</em> from the French government. His work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, on view through June 8, 2014.</span></p> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:07:07 +0000 Group Show - 111 Minna Gallery - May 2nd - May 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Beyond Structure</em> aims to encourage artistic freedom or license to create works of art, which is counter to and outside the bounds of adhering to academic principles or curriculum. Working within an un-prescribed artistic direction, artists will discover and incorporate new techniques and processes by producing new forms of visual expressions and alternative ways of perceiving art that provokes a visionary artistic dialogue to what art is?</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Featuring original artwork representing painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, stain glass, mix-media, installation and video.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:59:01 +0000 David Levinthal - San Jose Museum of Art - May 8th - November 30th <p>The San Jose Museum of Art will showcase its collection of photographs by American artist David Levinthal. <em>David Levinthal: Make Believe </em>features approximately forty photographs spanning Levinthal&rsquo;s career from 1975 to the early 2000s. Levinthal, a significant figure in American postmodern photography, stages intriguing tableaus with toy figures and miniature dioramas to photograph. Levinthal creates miniature environments in which he touches upon various subject matter from the isolation of urban life to the horrors of war. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;In Levinthal&rsquo;s uncanny tableaux, collectible toy characters come to life by acting out scenes from popular culture, war stories, and highly charged political moments within constructed dioramas of his own design,&rdquo; said Rory Padeken, assistant curator. &ldquo;With his characteristic use of close-ups, shallow depth of field, and soft focus, Levinthal animates his objects and obscures the distinction between artifice and reality.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;<em>David Levinthal: Make Believe</em> features twenty-eight photographs donated to the museum in 2011&ndash;2012 by longtime SJMA supporters Katie and Drew Gibson. This exemplary collection features the finest examples of Levinthal&rsquo;s work from various series throughout his career, selected by the artist especially for the Gibsons. Also included in this collection is a rare set of four images from the series &ldquo;Airport,&rdquo; originally commissioned by the City and County of San Francisco, Airport Commission in 1996. SJMA&rsquo;s collection of works by Levinthal rivals the holdings of the artist&rsquo;s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.</p> <p>&nbsp;Levinthal&rsquo;s fascination with toy figurines stems from childhood. Growing up, Levinthal staged epic, imaginary battles on his bedroom floor between American GIs and German toy soldiers. As a young boy growing up in the 1950s, immersed in Hollywood westerns, Levinthal was enamored by the romance and grandeur of the Wild West and reenacted scenes of the American frontier using cowboy and Indian figurines.&nbsp; Such childhood pastimes filled with enacting the great wars of the world, imagining life as a cowboy out on the range, and playing secret agent James Bond, would shape the way Levinthal approached the world through photography.</p> <p>&nbsp;This exhibition showcases Levinthal&rsquo;s interest in a diverse range of subject matter, from the isolation of urban life to the horrors of the Holocaust to the celebration of America&rsquo;s most beloved sport, baseball. Many of Levinthal&rsquo;s other series, also included in the exhibition, are drawn from American popular culture: mythologies of the Wild West, Barbie, American beauties, and X-rated dolls. Included in the exhibition are photographs from Levinthal&rsquo;s seminal 1977 photo book, <em>Hitler Moves East</em>, a collaboration with cartoonist Garry Trudeau, which features a series of imagined battle scenes from World War II&rsquo;s Russian front. This landmark series established Levinthal&rsquo;s reputation and influenced a whole generation of American photographers including Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Sherrie Levine.</p> <p>&nbsp;Thanks to Drew and Katie Gibson, Mike and Kathy Levinthal, Donald Rosenfeld, and David Levinthal for their generous support of the Museum&rsquo;s permanent collection and of this project.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><span style="font-family: Gill Sans MT;">SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Gill Sans MT;">The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Gill Sans MT;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Gill Sans MT;">The San Jose Museum of Art is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San Jose, California. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 PM to 5 PM and until 8 PM or later on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 408-271-6840 or visit</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;"># # #</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:11:19 +0000 Gugger Petter - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - April 23rd - May 30th <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>Gugger Petter</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Reversal of Interest</em></strong></p> <p><strong>April 23 &ndash; May 30, 2014</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 - 7:30 PM </strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;My focus on this new group of works is based on a more bold and rough execution of these pieces which emphasizes the textured surface and the material. This creates visual tension between texture and image, and a further blurring between representation and abstraction.&nbsp; </em></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; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Gugger Petter</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition, <em>Reversal of Interest,</em> featuring new work by Gugger Petter opening Wednesday April 23, from 5:30 &ndash; 7:30PM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Danish artist Gugger Petter&rsquo;s woven newspaper works are inspired by her passion for Renaissance art.&nbsp; In the series &ldquo;Portrait of a Young Man,&rdquo; the male subjects reference the style of Renaissance portraiture.&nbsp; While her subjects retain the air and grace of the period, Petter has reversed their gaze to look out onto their audience, connecting them to our world and us.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gugger Petter&rsquo;s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums both in Europe and in America, and her list of private collectors, permanent collections and commissions is extensive. Most recently, Gugger Petter&rsquo;s work was exhibited in the Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, in her native Denmark. This is her fourth exhibition with Andrea Schwartz Gallery.</p> <p>&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. The gallery will be closed 5/24 &ndash; 5/26. 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> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:20:21 +0000 Merima Ključo, Seth Knopp, Bart Woodstrup, Derek Goldman - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - May 22nd 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Experience the incredible and dramatic story of one of the world&rsquo;s most famous manuscripts, the Sarajevo Haggadah, in this multimedia work composed by Bosnian-born, Los Angeles-based accordionist Merima Ključo. Featuring&nbsp;Ključo&rsquo;s use of musical traditions from Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, together with animation by video artist Bart Woodstrup and Seth Knopp on piano,&nbsp;<em>The Sarajevo Haggadah&nbsp;</em>traces the manuscript&rsquo;s travels&nbsp;from medieval Spain to twentieth&nbsp;century Bosnia, where it was hidden and rescued during World War II by Muslims, to its restoration by the National Museum in Sarajevo after the 1992&ndash;95 war.</p> <p>Merima Ključo, accordionist/composer, performs internationally as a recitalist and has been guest soloist with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Holland Symphonia, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. As soloist she has participated in a number of renowned festivals. Her performances have been broadcast by the BBC and networks all around Europe, North America, and Australia.</p> <p>Seth Knopp, pianist, is Artistic Director of Yellow Barn and the founder and Co-Artistic Director of its Young Artist Program. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he serves as a member of the piano and chamber music faculties.</p> <p>Bart&nbsp;Woodstrup, video artist, shows regularly throughout the US and abroad, and has been included at Siggraph, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, SEAMUS, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Not Still Art Festival, Version&gt;, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.</p> <p>Derek Goldman, dramaturg, is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University.</p> <p>The concert is part of The Museum&rsquo;s new artist residencies, working with renowned artists to debut new works for San Francisco audiences that connect heritage, history, and artistic culture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>INFO: &nbsp;</strong>, <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>, or call 415.655.7800.</p> <p><strong>TICKETS: &nbsp;</strong>$20 general (includes Museum admission)</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:19:34 +0000 Alexander Gorlin - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - May 15th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p><em>Architectural Digest</em> selected Alexander Gorlin&rsquo;s firm for its prestigious AD100 designation in 2014. Gorlin will talk about his recent book, <em>Kabbalah in Art and Architecture</em>, and how the imagery of Jewish mysticism is represented in contemporary art, sculpture, and architecture by innovators such as Moshe&nbsp;Safdie, Louis Kahn, Yayoi Kusama, and Daniel Libeskind.</p> <p>Alexander Gorlin is a noted architect, design critic, author, and scholar. His internationally recognized architectural firm specializes in design for religious institutions, along with high-end residential, affordable, and supportive housing for the homeless, as well as master planning. Established in 1987, the firm has received many accolades, including a number of Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects. Gorlin has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.</p> <p><strong>INFO: &nbsp;</strong>, <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>, or call 415.655.7800.</p> <p><strong>TICKETS: &nbsp;</strong>FREE with regular admission as follows: General Admission, $5; Members and Youth 18 and under, free. <em>A</em><em>dvance reservations</em> <em>recommended.</em></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:16:26 +0000 - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - May 11th 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Scholar Irvin Ungar on <em>The Szyk Haggadah</em></span></strong></p> <p>Arthur Szyk fused his two passions&mdash;art and history&mdash;into a visual commentary on the dangerous parallel between the Exodus narrative of Egyptian oppression and the alarming developments unfolding in Nazi Germany.&nbsp;Scholar Irvin Unger lays the groundwork for appreciating and understanding Szyk&rsquo;s <em>Haggadah</em> masterwork in this gallery talk.</p> <p>Irvin Ungar is the foremost expert and leading dealer of the artwork of Arthur Szyk. He is the author of&nbsp;<a href=";mnSubHd=3&amp;id=36&amp;page=shop.php" rel="nofollow"><em>Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk</em></a>, and the co-producer of the documentary film, <em>Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art</em>, and the publisher of the luxury limited edition of&nbsp;<a href=";mnSubHd=3" rel="nofollow"><em>The Szyk Haggadah</em></a>&nbsp;(2008).</p> <p>Presented in conjunction with the exhibition <em>Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah</em>.</p> <p><strong>INFO: &nbsp;</strong>, <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>, or call 415.655.7800.</p> <p><strong>TICKETS:&nbsp;</strong>FREE with regular admission as follows: General Admission, $12; Students with a valid ID and Seniors, $10; Members and Youth 18 and under, free. <em>Advance registration recommended.</em></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:13:40 +0000 Yossi Klein Halevi - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - May 8th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Awarded the Jewish Book Council&rsquo;s&nbsp;2014 Book of the Year Award, Shalom Hartman Institute scholar Yossi Klein Halevi&rsquo;s <em>Like Dreamers:</em><em>The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation </em>interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem. Halevi discusses his book as well as contemporary Israeli society.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Yossi Klein Halevi&nbsp;is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a member of the Institute's&nbsp;iEngage Project, and a contributing editor to&nbsp;<em>The New Republic</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Presented in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>INFO: &nbsp;</strong>, <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>, or call 415.655.7800.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>TICKETS: &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>FREE with regular admission as follows: General Admission, $12; Students with a valid ID and Seniors, $10; Members and Youth 18 and under, free. <em>A</em><em>dvance reservations</em> <em>recommended.</em></span></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:00:07 +0000 Amy Ellingson - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - June 7th - September 13th <p class="large">Iterations and Assertions is a solo exhibition of work by San Francisco-based artist Amy Ellingson. Ellingson&rsquo;s process involves borrowing, distorting, manipulating and re-contextualizing simple, basic forms in order to create a complex field of information.</p> <p>All the works in <em>Iterations and Assertions</em> refer to two large, oil and encaustic paintings that will be installed side-by-side, spanning 28 feet. The panels are near-mirror images of each other, setting the tone for a backward/forward, upside-down/inside-out experience of perception. A site-specific mural will be executed on the opposite wall of the gallery extending nearly 40 feet. The mural design is a &ldquo;wireframe&rdquo; interpretation of the imagery in the paintings. Rendered in subtle tones of grey, the composition is compressed and convoluted. A third major component of the exhibition is a sculptural version of the paintings. Ellingson has translated individual elements from the paintings into three-dimensional objects. They are rough crude imaginings that, according to Ellingson resemble &ldquo;artifacts, or debris, liberated from the vertical plane.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amy Ellingson&rsquo;s work has been exhibited nationally. She is the recipient of the 2009 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the 1999 Artadia Grant to Individual Artists and has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Her work is held in various public and corporate collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the San Jose Museum of Art, The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, and the U.S. Embassies in Tunisia and Algeria. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:58:06 +0000