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Friday January 2, 2015
January 15th – March 21st, Seeing Time – Time Traveller, at Kala Art Institute & Gallery: Closing Kala’s 40th anniversary year, Seeing Time – Time Traveler invites Kala Fellowship Alumni to return for a special exhibition. Participating alumni include Freddy Chandra, Desiree Holman, Ranu Mukherjee, and Yasuaki Onishi. Visual chronology of Kala’s milestones designed by Sara Lankutis and Scout Sheys will be also on view in the exhibition. In addition to the gallery exhibition, various prints, drawings, and works on paper representing over 2,500 Artists-in-Residence (AIR) from the Kala Collection will be featured in the Mercy & Roger Smullen Print and Media Study Center. Opening Reception is Thursday, January 15th, 6-8 pm, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.
January 15th – 18th, FOG Design + Art Fair, at Fort Mason Festival Pavillion: In it’s second year, this fair features important 20th-century and contemporary design dealers from across the US and beyond, as well as a selection of leading modern and contemporary art galleries. Furniture, fine art, and design objects representing design movements from the last century to today are presented in the Festival Pavillion at Fort Mason. Preview Gala Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is Wednesday, January 14, 6–10 p.m. Fair hours are Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5pm.
January 15th – February 28th, The Return to Reason, at Gallery Wendi Norris: This group exhibition is curated along with Allie Haeusslein of Pier 24 Photography, and is Gallery Wendi Norris’s first exhibition devoted solely to photography. Featuring works by Stephen Gill, Yamini Nayar, Chloe Sellis, Lorenzo Vitturi and Hannah Whitaker where the act of layering plays a fundamental role in shaping the final result. Opening Reception is Thursday, January 15th, 6-8 pm, 161 Jessie Street, San francisco.
January 23rd – February 28th – Touch The Spindle, at Capital Gallery: This three-person exhibition marks the opening of Capital Gallery in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Featuring Cynthia Daignault, Virginia Overton and Will Rogan. “If we could hold this show up to the light and look into the magical glow where reality and fantasy disappear, where the familiar and everyday become altered and materiality makes a strange and twisted transformation. Where a visual prick could cast a spell into a world of warped perception, questions about mortality and/or a visual kiss could awaken you from a surreal slumber. If we could manipulate this exhibition, exorcise it like an object and allow the viewer to be romantically moved, we most definitely would.” ~ Capital Gallery. Opening Reception is Friday, January 23rd, 6-9 pm, 716 Sacramento Street, San Francisco.
January 23rd, 24th, and 27th, Kara Maria, Imin Yeh and Matthew Goldberg, exhibition receptions at Recology San Francisco: The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. These exhibition receptions feature work from the current artists-in-residence Kara Maria, Imin Yeh and student artist Matthew Goldberg and is the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump. Opening receptions are Friday, 1/23 from 5-9 pm, Saturday 1/24 from 1-3 pm and additional viewing hours on Tuesday 1/27 from 5-7pm. The art studio is located at 503 Tunnel Avenue.
Wednesday December 10, 2014
Miami Project Art Fair
View of the fair
Heather Watkins at PDX Contemporary
Oliver Herring at Robischon Gallery
Claire Sherman at DC Moore Gallery
Aime Mpane at Haines Gallery
Ken Fandell at Traywick Contemporary
Untitled Art Fair
Jonathan Runcio at Romer Young Gallery
Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou at Jack Bell Gallery
Julian Charriere at Dittrich & Schlechtriem
Jonas Wood prints at Cirrus Gallery
Rebecca Ward at Ronchini Gallery
Tuesday December 9, 2014
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair:
The entrance to the new location of PULSE
Jim Campbell and Jay DeFeo at Hosfelt Gallery
Alexander Kroll at James Harris Gallery
Julia Mangold at Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Pierre Bergian at Purdy Hicks Gallery
Brian Paumier at De Soto Gallery
Dillwyn Smith at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art
NADA: Miami Beach Art Fair
The lobby scene at NADA
Pae White at China Art Objects
Tony Lewis at Shane Campbell Gallery
Sigrid Viir at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery
Rachelle Sawatsky at Artist Curated Projects
Nick Goss at Josh Lilley Gallery
Julie Bland at On Stellar Rays
Thursday December 4, 2014
Marilyn Minter at Salon 94
Nathan Hylden at Johann Konig
Guiseppe Penone at Marian Goodman Gallery
Alex Hubbard at Maccarone Gallery
josephine Meckseper at Timothy Taylor Gallery
Carol Bove at Maccarone Gallery
Erin Shirreff at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery
William Kentridge at Lia Rumma Gallery
Barry McGee at SFAQ Magazine
Matthias Bitzer at Art Public
Hank Willis Thomas installs his Truth Booth at Art Public
Monday December 1, 2014
December 7 – February 1, 2015 – The Jealous Curator: From Blog, To Book, To Gallery at The Bedford Gallery: The Jealous Curator is internationally renowned art blogger Danielle Krysa, and with this exhibition The Bedford Gallery brings her blogosphere into the gallery. The exhibition is designed to enlighten, inspire, and chase away creative blocks that inhibit the artist in all of us. The exhibition features art in a variety of media from artists across the U.S. and Canada as well as art-making stations designed by the artists. The opening reception is Sunday, December 7th from 3-5pm. The Bedford Gallery is located at 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.
December 13 – January 24, 2015 – Andrew Schoultz: Blown to Bits at Hosfelt Gallery: This exhibition will transform Hosfelt Gallery with an installation of sculpture, paintings and works on paper. Schoultz combines familiar symbols from his visual language with conventions of formalism he’s taken from art history to express his dystopian vision. His new works feature borders of concentric lines that reference the margins of Persian miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts or modern geometric abstraction. These borders frame and overlap Schuoltz’s exploding narrative imagery. The opening reception is Saturday December 13th, 4-6pm. Hosfelt Gallery is located at 260 Utah Street in San Francisco.
December 13 – 18 – Root Division’s Misfit Toy Factory: Founded in 2002, Root Division is a visual art non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. This event is an evening of lively art making featuring over 40 artists making sculptures, toys, and gift-ables onsite in Root Division’s gallery space. All items made that night are for sale for $40, any unsold pieces will be available through December 18th. Saturday, December 13th from 6 – 10:30pm. Root Division is located at 1059 Market Street in San Francisco.
Holiday Exhibitions at local Art Centers:
Ongoing to December 23rd – Deck The Walls 2 and The Holiday Lounge at NIAD Art Center: NIAD Art Center is pleased to present Deck The Walls 2: Our Super-Affordable Exhibition, a group show in their main gallery. The exhibit features hundreds of drawings from their artists, all for $40 each. Once again NIAD is filling their storefront space with seasonal items and unique gifts: quilts, jewelry, clothing, baskets, wall hangings, sculptures, dinnerware and more. The Holiday Lounge also features comfy chairs, hot chocolate and a record player spinning Christmas albums. NIAD Art Center is located at 551 23rd Street in Richmond. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, from 9am – 4pm, Saturdays from 11am – 3pm.
December 5 – January 8, 2015 – Vice + Virtue at Creative Growth Art Center: Vice + Virtue is Creative Growth Art Center’s annual Holiday exhibition exploring the blurry line between good and evil. This studio sale and exhibition features 100 + artworks as well as one-of-a-kind textiles and hand-upholstered furniture, ceramics, rugs, mosaics, wood, drawings and paintings, prints and more. The opening reception is Friday December 5th from 5:30 – 9pm. Creative Growth Art Center is located at 355 24th Street in Oakland. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 4:30pm, Saturdays 10am – 3pm.
December 5 – 31 – Annual Holiday Art Sale at Creativity Explored: This year Creativity Explored is giving 20% off all original artwork at their annual Holiday Art Sale. The studio is filled with original art prints, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and textiles by over 135 artists–including unique pieces saved for this very occasion. The opening reception is Friday, December 5th from 6 – 9pm. Holiday gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 3pm, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm. Creativity Explored is located at 3245 16th Street in San Francisco.
Thursday October 30, 2014
Saturday, November 1st, 1 pm: San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction. Founded in 1974, SF Camerawork’s mission is to encourage and support emerging artists to explore new directions and ideas in the photographic arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, they strive to create an engaging platform for artistic exploration as well as community involvement and inquiry. This annual benefit auction is a pivotal opportunity for the organization to raise critical dollars needed to support their dynamic programming. With over 100 photographs available to bid on there’s a great selection to choose from. Advance tickets for $20 are available for purchase here. The auction catalog may be viewed and downloaded electronically here. SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd floor.
Ongoing to January 25, 2015: Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Organized by YBCA, Kadist Art Foundation, and the Guangdong Times Museum, this exhibit considers how the intersection of nature and technology shapes our current understanding and experience of landscape and gardens. Twenty-one artists examine two very distinct geographic and cultural environments — the utopian frontier of California, and the Pearl River Delta region in China. Through photography, video, painting and installation, the exhibition questions whether human activities have altered the geological ecology so extensively that a new form of nature is being created, both physically and metaphorically. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Mission Street.
Sunday, November 16th: 1 pm – 6 pm: SFAI Concentrate Annual Art Sale + Festival. The San Francisco Art Institute opens its doors for an annual exhibition, sale, and festival, featuring art and craft by over 170 artists. The student art sale offers work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, editioned artworks, crafts, sculpture, mixed media, video performance, fiber, adventurous gifts, and unexpected projects. Come to the legendary Chestnut Street campus for artist-driven experiences, discussions, connections, and activities for all ages. The San Francisco Art Institute is located at 800 Chestnut Street.
Ongoing to December 13th: Pamela Jorden, Monte Vista to Central at Romer Young Gallery. This exhibit presents a new series of paintings that continue to engage in an experimental observation of the transitory nature of light and color. Jorden is interested in the movement of color, its optical phenomenon, and its transformative potential. In this new work, color is both material and physical. Using shaped canvases, she paints over raw linen surfaces, with pigment soaking into the weave of the fabric, resulting in beautiful almost sculptural paintings. Romer Young is located at 1240 22nd Street, gallery hours are Thurs – Sat 11 am – 5 pm.
December 2nd – 7th, Miami Art Week: In December the art world descends on Miami with approximately twenty art fairs positioned in the area between Miami’s Wynwood Art District, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Art Basel Miami Beach – held at the Miami Beach Convention Center is the largest fair of the week, featuring more than 250 top galleries from around the world. As flights and accommodations fill up fast, now is the time to plan your visit!
Tuesday October 14, 2014
As part of our ongoing educational programming, we invited a group of our clients and colleagues on a guided tour of the exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. Our group was a diverse mix of design and architecture professionals, developers, collectors and curators. As with our other events, we encourage a dialogue amongst our guests that enriches the experience of looking at and thinking about art. This exhibit specifically brought up discussion around basic human rights, the role and responsibility of individuals to make social change, art in public places and the logistics of mounting an exhibit of this scale and international importance.
With Wind is a rendition of a traditional Chinese dragon kite and is meant to be a symbol for personal freedom. Ai Weiwei designed the imagery and then employed kite makers to fabricate the piece. The artwork features stylized renderings of birds and plants that are icons for nations with records of violating human rights and civil liberties.
Trace gives the global phenomenon of political detainment a human face – or many faces. In portraits constructed from LEGO bricks, Ai represents more than 175 people from around the world who have been detained because of their beliefs or affiliations. The artist collaborated with Amnesty International and spent 7 months compiling the list of detainees. The people represented here are the same prisoners that you can write a postcard to later in the exhibit. In contrast to the ‘worst of the worst’ famous Alcatraz prisoners, the prisoners here are non-violent people who have lost their freedom for expressing ideas.
Refraction is based on the structure of a bird’s wing, expanded to imposing scale. The wing’s feathers are reflective panels used as solar cookers in Tibet, a region that has long struggled under Chinese rule. Like With Wind, this piece uses imagery of flight to evoke the tension between freedom and confinement. The sculpture’s enormous bulk and weight (more than 5 tons), along with it being installed on the lower level, emphasizes it as earthbound. Viewing it from the narrow gun gallery gives the visitor a position of authority, further illustrating it’s caged restriction. Also interspersed throughout the sculpture are pots and tea kettles, symbols of self preservation and basic human rights.
Stay Tuned is a sound installation featuring music, poetry, and spoken words by people who have been detained for the expression of their beliefs. Inside the cell the sounds of speech and singing create a powerful contrast to the isolation and enforced silence of imprisonment. From 1933-1937 Alcatraz was a silent prison and inmates would try to communicate through pipes and by leaving notes in library books. Ai has said ‘The most terrible thing about jail is not the treatment you receive, but the isolation.’
Blossom transforms the utilitarian fixtures in several hospital ward cells and medical offices with fantastical, fragile porcelain bouquets. Like With Wind, this work draws on and transforms natural imagery as well as traditional Chinese arts. For Ai, flowers are a universal symbol for both freedom and remembrance. In 1956 during the Hundred Flowers Campaign the Communist Party of China encouraged citizens to openly express their opinions (let a hundred flowers bloom) which became a means of entrapment for ‘enemies of state’. Ai created the #aiflowers Twitter hashtag and invited people everywhere to make paper flowers memorializing children killed in the 2008 earthquake. Beginning in 2013, Ai puts fresh flowers everyday in his bike basket outside his Beijing studio until he gets his passport back. Fitting the bouquets into the sinks, tubs, and toilets references self-preservation, cleanliness and basic human rights. Also of note is when Ai’s family was in exile, his father was forced to scrub toilets.
Yours Truly aims to encourage a global conversation, letting prisoners of conscience know that they are not forgotten. You are invited to choose a postcard addressed to an individual prisoner and write any message you wish. The postcards are addressed to the same prisoners featured in Trace, there is a binder with their stories on the table. Every evening @Large volunteers collect the postcards and mail them. With this piece Ai further promotes communication. Ai says that this piece, along with Stay Tuned, are most closely related to his experience of being incarcerated and his isolation from communication.
Wednesday October 1, 2014
Ongoing through November 14th – Shoebox Orchestra at Ampersand International Gallery: Shoebox Orchestra marks the reopening of the Ampersand International Gallery under the direction of Theodora Mauro. The exhibition looks at the lasting impact Ampersand has had in the Bay Area arts community through the work of artists who were included in past shows including Lauren Davies, Lori Gordon, Amanda Hughen, Jeff Morris, Sarah Smith, Andy Vogt, and Arngunnur Yr. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12 pm to 5 pm and by appointment. Ampersand International Arts is located at 1001 Tennessee St, San Francisco.
Ongoing through November 1st – William Swanson: Subsurface Continuum at Eleanor Harwood Gallery: William Swanson’s new paintings use a variety of methods of mark making to depict manipulations of terrain and architecture. The work explores the collapse of time on a geologic scale through forms and shapes generated by his discoveries in the topography of the paint. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm and by appointment. Eleanor Harwood Gallery is located at 1295 Alabama St, San Francisco.
Ongoing through November 21st – Yinghua Zhu at Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space: As part of the Headlands Center’s Artists in Residence Program, Project Space features artists whose work is designed to be socially engaging. Yinghua Zhu seeks to evoke a sense of “searching” by creating site-specific installations in which she alters commonly understood space and objects, causing viewers to question physical functions that are often taken for granted. Project Space is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The Headlands Center for the Arts is located at 944 Simmonds Rd, Sausalito.
FUNDRAISERSSaturday October 11th – San Jose ICA 34th Annual Art Auction Silent Auction Party, 6PM: The 2014 ICA Auction Exhibition will be on view at the museum from September 27th to October 25th and includes a variety of events featuring work by over 200 contemporary artists from throughout the country and around the world. The Silent Auction Party is a great opportunity to view and purchase available work, proceeds go to help support the museum. Admission to the auction party is free, find a full list of events here and a preview of art work that will be for sale can be found here. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 560 South First Street, San Jose.
Thursday, October 23rd – Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, 7PM: This year’s Root Division Art Auction will feature work from over 100 established and emerging Bay Area artists. Root Division is a community arts and education organization and proceeds from the event directly benefit local artists, free art classes for Bay Area youth, and the continuation of Root Division’s unique model for keeping artists in San Francisco. A VIP Preview will be held at 6:00 PM followed by a silent and live auction later in the evening, tickets and more information can be found here. Root Division’s Pop-UP is located at 1059 Market St, San Francisco.
Thursday, October 23rd – Kalassal, Kala’s Annual Half-Off Art Sale & Fall Fundraiser, 6 PM: For the first time ever Kala Art Institute’s annual half-off fundraiser KALASSAL and the Artists’ Annual Exhibition will open on the same night. Proceeds from the fundraiser allow Kala to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education. A Members Preview will be held at 5:00 PM followed by an opening party, admission to the event is free. There will be additional viewing times on Friday and Saturday as well as a free Family Art Making Day on Saturday. Kala is located at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.
While in New York for client meetings, we had the opportunity to visit the many recently opened exhibits. We’re happy to share these highlights.
Wednesday September 24, 2014
On this visit to Chicago we looked beyond the amazing public art in Millennium Park to visit gallery exhibits, a corporate collection and the international contemporary art fair EXPO Chicago on the Navy Pier.
Mickalene Thomas: I was Born to do Great Things at Kavi Gupta Gallery
I was born to do great things are the quoted words of Sandra Bush, Mickalene Thomas’s late mother, a statement that speaks for both the dynamic life that she lived as well as her influence and inspiration on Thomas’s artistic practice as her longtime muse. Bush has been prominent as a subject in Thomas’s works over the past 14 years, inspiring her examinations of identity and style through her magnetic personality and undeniable presence. This presentation of new work explores the personal story of the woman behind the inspiration. This is a story in celebration of womanhood, motherhood, and the power of art as a totem for personal memory, a story in celebration of Sandra. ~ Kavi Gupta Gallery
Samantha Bittman: Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Chicago artist Samantha Bittman created loom-woven textiles with thick acrylic painted surfaces, that are installed on site-specific custom wallpaper. Referencing the dazzle camouflage technique used on World War I naval ships, the exhibition incorporates bold patterns to confuse, not conceal, throwing texture to the viewer as a distraction from the underlying patterns in the woven surface below.
Carol Jackson: High Plains Drifter at Threewalls Gallery In this exhibition Jackson builds a car wreck emerging from the wall, mixed media prints, and archival prints from webcam stills of California Highways all inspired by John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. The artworks explore America’s fascination, romance and dependence on the automobile.
Hank Willis Thomas: Bench Marks presented by Monique Meloche Gallery’s Off the Wall project Bench Marks is installed onto various public bus benches throughout Chicago’s Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood. The installation includes a selection of images from three different bodies of the artist’s work, namely: Branded, Fair Warning and Strange Fruit.
EXPO Chicago Art Fair
Chicago artist Jenny Kendler has been chosen to be the founding participant in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Artist-in-Residence program. Kendler’s works explore the intersections between human culture, perceptions of the natural world, and declining biodiversity. For the NRDC EXPO Chicago booth, exhibit walls are covered in lichen-camouflage wallpaper and adorned with delicate sculptures of birds, which Kendler creates by altering and ‘rewilding’ vintage porcelain figurines. These intimate, yet uncanny sculptural works stand in for real-life bird species, threatened or endangered by environmental hazards like habitat loss, energy projects and climate change.
Private Collection Visit
We try to take advantage of VIP programming at the art fairs we attend and visit private collections. Collectors have such unique ways of engaging and living with art. A visit to Richard Sandor’s collection at his Environmental Financial Products offices was a fascinating experience. Mr. Sandor has been collecting photography for so long that his collection is broad and deep. Sandor is known as the ‘father of carbon trading’ so you might expect that his collection has an environmental focus. Of interest to us was the emerging work he has been buying in China for the last 10 years. Sandor says the first thing he does when he gets off the plane is to go out and look at photography because it connects him to the culture in a more meaningful way than his meetings around economics and trade.