San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries

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Imagistic Resistances

by Stephanie Tran
With the recent surge of Occupy protests and their outcry against neoliberal capitalism, Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue feels presently and entirely relevant. As prominent figures in the field of contemporary documentary photography and video, Sekula and Serralongue present works based on their travels around the world exploring regions undergoing political, economic, and social transformations. Both photographers employ contemporary art as a source of resistance to... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Tran on 12/5/11

Miracle at SFAI

by Joanna Szupinska
          The space of the first floor is empty save a generic IKEA-like bed frame, whose king-sized mattress has been made spectacular by Chen Hui-chiao, who has covered every inch in orange table tennis balls. Each ball, the endpoint of a short strand of seven fake pearl beads arranged in a size progression, is topped with a tiny white bead and gold star that renders In the End Is the Beginning (2006), when seen from the upper gallery, magical and glistening like something from a... [more]
Posted by Joanna Szupinska on 2/1/10

Miracles, Extended at SFAI

by Joanna Szupinska
      San Francisco-based curator Hou Hanru's Everyday Miracles, in what has become an extended tour, began in 2007 as an exhibition of four contemporary women artists of varying ages in the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Two years later, Everyday Miracles lives on as Everyday Miracles (Extended) at SFAI's Walter and McBean Galleries and Disney Hall's REDCAT Gallery in three phases this fall and winter. Phase 1, which opened at SFAI on October 1, presents the work of Shilpa Gupta... [more]
Posted by Joanna Szupinska on 10/26/09

The Big Portrait

by Michelle Y. Hyun
        Entering the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute, one is greeted by Yan Pei-Ming’s (2009), a small, semi-precious looking charcoal drawing of investment scandal celebrity Bernie Madoff. It is an unexpected introduction to an exhibition of monumental paintings by a world-renown artist. Soon enough, Life Souvenir (2008), a series of four giant grayscale oil paintings (98.5 x 78.75 inches) appear, each portraying a member of the United States armed forces.... [more]
Posted by Michelle Y. Hyun on 4/17/09
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