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Monday November 23, 2015
For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2015, Miami Beach, FL –
Untitled, Miami Beach, 2015 is pleased to announce Artsource Consulting as the official art advisors of the fair’s fourth edition. As part of its mandate to continue to provide a high-quality art fair experience, Untitled has aligned with Artsource Consulting to offer thematic tours and private consultation services to Untitled’s VIPs throughout the fair.
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Monday November 2, 2015
Ongoing to December 12th – Carolyn Salas: See Thru at Ever Gold Gallery: New York based artist Carolyn Salas’s recent work utilizes materials and finishes in visually deceptive ways; snaking tubes with the look of solid lead are actually a lightweight casting material, and large apparently Styrofoam forms are heavy, resin casts of the referent material. The emulation of materials suggests fragility, yet never truly deceives as trompe-l’œil. In this exhibit the artist presents a series of wall-reliefs from the artist’s ongoing series The Breakups, playing with weight and the appearance of airiness and disposability. Ever Gold is located at 441 O’Farrell Street in San Francisco.
November 6 to December 19, 2015 – Barry McGee: China Boo at Ratio 3: Barry McGee’s style and visual language has an instantly recognizable character and unique voice. His work draws its structures and graphic impact from the influences of tagging, and ‘Mission School’ abstraction, meeting a formal logic that draws on the conventions of contemporary abstract painting and sculpture. McGee’s paintings and drawings incorporate elegantly drawn elements of figurative line work and repetitive tessellations of geometric, abstract patterns which synthesize found and invented source material. The opening reception is Friday November 6th from 6-9 pm. Ratio 3 is located at 2831A Mission Street in San Francisco.
November 6 – January 23, 2016 – Katy Stone + Anna Fidler: Coastal Coven at Johansson Projects: In Coastal Coven, Anna Fidler and Katy Stone toy with the relationship between the natural world and the supernatural realm just beyond, with the boundary between constantly melting in and out of focus. The artists sculpt in layers of metal, paper and paint unearthing radiant mythical bursts of energy from their homeland in the Pacific Northwest. The opening reception is Friday, November 6 at 5:00 pm. Johansson Projects is located at 2300 Telegraph Avenue, in Oakland.
Saturday November 7th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – SF Camerawork 2015 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. The Benefit Auction is their most important annual fundraiser featuring a live auction, food and cocktails. Buy Tickets Here. SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor in San Francisco.
November 7th – December 12th – Leslie Shows in the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI): Leslie Shows recently spoke of a desire to “make work that is so secret from myself that I would be seduced into making it.” In a series of sculptural paintings commissioned for this exhibition, Shows’ striking materials—engraved aluminum, synthetic rubber, cut Plexiglas, silk, and digitally printed sand—appear as just-formed thoughts. Shows’ new works further dissolve previous imagery akin to abstractions of pyrite, or glaciers, to crawl out of, and back into, the landscape. Her works vary in scale, from picture-sized to room- scale installations, and shiver in light. The opening reception is Saturday, November 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Art Institute is located at 800 Chestnut Street in San Francisco.
Thursday October 1, 2015
Ongoing to November 14th – 2 x 2 Solos: Leah Rosenberg curated by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen at Pro Arts in Oakland: 2 x 2 Solos is a series of solo exhibitions featuring new work commissioned from accomplished emerging artists based in the Oakland/Bay Area. For 2 x 2 Solos, Leah Rosenberg displays the remnants of her experience in residence at Irving Street Projects earlier this year. Sheets of paint derived from a progressive installation are framed and hung reflective of how they were in the original space. A table and chair, thick with coats of latex paint, sit in the center of the gallery. What was once an ephemeral performance, is transformed into large-scale art objects, displayed with all their layers, cracks, tears and failures. Rosenberg’s installation reminds us to experience delight when things fall apart – that life, time, loss, flaws, accidents, are ingredients to also create something out of nothing and to create joy where there once was none. An Artist’s Reception will be held on First Friday, October 2, 6-8pm. An Artist’s Talk and Calalogue Launch is scheduled for First Friday, November 6, 6.30pm. Exhibition and events are free to the public.
Ongoing to February 29th – Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale at Pier 24 Photography: Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present The Whiteness of the Whale, a solo exhibition by British photographer Paul Graham (b. 1956) who lives and works in New York City. For the first time, this exhibition brings together three bodies of work made in the United States between 1998 and 2011, American Night (1998–2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004–06), and The Present (2009–11). The Whiteness of the Whale features nearly sixty works, ranging from singular large-scale photographs to sequences of over twenty images. This exhibition marks Pier 24 Photography’s first single-artist presentation and the only time a shimmer of possibility has been presented in its entirety. Graham’s three bodies of work from this period operate as an informal trilogy, linked not only by common subject matter, but also by underlying issues such as racial and social inequality, the texture of everyday life, and the nature of sight, perception, and photography itself.
October 15 – January 17th – NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: The 1960s program Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was a turning point in art’s relationship with science as artists and scientists worked together on new, creative projects. The CJM’s Chief Curator Renny Pritikin with consultation from Paolo Salvagione, curate NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology, acknowledging that seminal event and celebrating the Bay Area’s leading role in bringing digital innovation into the fine arts. NEAT features nine Bay Area artists, representing three generations of practitioners. Each artist has been commissioned to make a new piece, or update an older artwork, that demonstrates how digital programming is a central, yet just the latest, tool for artist creativity.
October 18th, noon – 4pm – Passport 2015: Japantown, Peace Plaza, Japantown: The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (SFAC Galleries) is hosting its signature event, Passport, on Sunday, October 18, 2015. This unique event puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public. By bringing local artists into neighborhood venues, Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook. Walking throughout Japantown, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from hot Bay Area artists while discovering the small businesses that line one of the Mayor’s Invest in Neighborhoods corridors. Purchase your passport for $25 here. Or at Passport 2015’s Home Base (Japantown, Peace Plaza) on Sunday, October 18, 2015 between 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
October 23rd – December 5th – Technophilia at Embark Gallery: Embark Gallery offers exhibition opportunities to graduate students of eight local art institutions including California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis. They provide a space for an engaged community of artists, curators and scholars, and aim to expand the audience for up and coming contemporary art. The juried exhibitions are held at their gallery in the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. For this exhibit jurors Amy Cancelmo, Kerri Hurtado and Megan McConnell, selected artworks of all media that utilize technology in new and unexpected ways, and that respond to the technological shift in culture so prevalent in the Bay Area. The opening reception is Friday, October 23rd from 6 – 9pm, Fort Mason Center – Building B.
Tuesday September 8, 2015
September 9th – March 21st, Constructive Interference: Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, Anderson Collection at Stanford University: In appreciation of the Anderson family’s commitment to mid-career contemporary artists and in celebration of the fall 2015 opening of the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History, the Anderson Collection will present a focused exhibition in the Wisch Family Gallery of works by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox. Both graduates of Stanford University, these artists explore ideas of process, material manipulation and chance. Auerbach received her BA in Visual Studies in 2003, and Fox received his MFA in 1988. The exhibition will be comprised of drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture. These works, on loan from the Anderson family, will reflect a variety of working methods employed by Auerbach and Fox.
September 9th – January 18th, Artists at Work, Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University: The Cantor Arts Center presents a major new exhibition, Artists at Work, which examines how artists become inspired, how artists make objects and how place impacts artists’ work. This major exhibition of more than 70 works features a close examination of the museum’s expansive permanent collection and includes works by Édouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and other renowned American and European artists. Also included are loaned works by contemporary artists Trevor Paglen, Garth Weiser, Hope Gangloff and Rachel Owens, among others.
September 9th – October 10th, Clare Rojas: New Work & Bruno Fazzolari: Seyrig at Anglim Gilbert Gallery: Rojas’ new paintings feature abstract forms at play in space. Her new forms and distilled color palette of strong slightly-off-primary hues with black are at rest against a soft pale ground, contained but energized. Rojas has moved further toward precision and reduction, and her refined shapes appear linked, practically animated with their own properties– of character or personality?
Bruno Fazzolari’s exhibition will include paintings and a perfume, as well as the first sculptures he has shown in 14 years. Fazzolari’s work explores perception and the senses, and engages his own experience of synesthesia and abstraction. He also is inspired by the visual culture and history of perfume. His work as a perfumer has garnered strong acclaim and numerous awards. His last perfume shown with the gallery earned four stars from the eminent (and notoriously feisty) perfume critic, Luca Turin. Opening reception Thursday September 10th 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
September 12th – October 17th, Andy Diaz Hope: Content Void Content & Kara Maria: Haywire, Catharine Clark Gallery: New work by Andy Diaz Hope in the main galleries, and a collaborative media room project with Jon Bernson. The exhibit features mirrored sculptures which combine ancient mathematics, traditional craft and modern technology to explore unlikely sources of transcendence. Also on view are new paintings by Kara Maria which blend abstract and representational traditions in a visual dialogue about the bizarre, precarious, and yet alluring state of our environment. Opening reception for both exhibits is Saturday, September 12th 2-5 pm, with an artist talk at 3pm.
September 12th – October 10th, Jay DeFeo: Alter Ego, Hosfelt Gallery: An exhibition of 55 paintings, photographs, collages and drawings – 46 of which have never been exhibited before – traces relationships between pairs or groups of works, examining ideas of the doppleganger and yin yang in Jay DeFeo’s oeuvre. Opening reception Saturday September 12th, 4-6 pm.
September 12th, 7-11 pm, The Big Bash, Root Division’s Grand Opening: The Big Bash is the grand opening of Root Division’s bigger, better, brighter new home at 1131 Mission Street (at 7th Street). In celebration of their new Mid-Market home, you are invited to participate in hands-on art activities, engage with artists featured in the Inaugural Exhibition RESONATE, and explore our new multi-story, more spacious and dynamic brick-and-mortar facility.
September 16th – December 13th, Public Works: Artists’ interventions 1970s–Now, Mills College Art Museum: This exhibit examines strategies of public practice by women artists from the 1970s to the present. The exhibition 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. Opening reception September 16th from 6-8 pm.
September 17th, 5 – 9 pm, Art Night SF at U.N. Plaza: Art Night SF is a series of art happenings in September and October that will be located in U.N. Plaza, adjacent to Civic Center and Market Street. The events aim to be a dynamic platform for creative expression and cultural exchange in the emerging Central Market Arts District. Contemporary art will be exhibited in combination with local food, cocktails and music programming. This inviting downtown experience fosters community and inspires curiosity, collaborating with galleries, museums, arts nonprofits and independent artists.
Monday July 6, 2015
July 10 – August 22, Robert Minervini: Invisible Reflections at Rena Bransten Projects: Robert Minervini’s work is grounded in the structures of reality, but ultimately invites us in to a dreamlike, surreal space. Part utopia and part dystopia, these spaces are brimming with hyper-real color, and are rendered in vivid detail. This exhibition features a series of acrylic paintings on paper, that survey six monuments in Golden Gate Park. Minervini’s interest in culture and landscape, and how the two coincide, inspired the series which was recently installed on MUNI bus kiosk as part of the Art on Market Street project, a collaboration with SFAC. The opening reception is Friday, July 17, 5-7 pm. Rena Bransten Projects is located at 1639 Market Street in San Francisco.
Friday, July 10th, 6 – 11 pm, Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally at The Verdi Club: It’s time for the famous annual Monster Drawing Rally, a live drawing even and fundraiser where over 120 artists work side by side. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for just $75 a piece. This event is an integral part of Southern Exposure’s mission to make art and artists more accessible. This gathering is a fantastic way to view new talent, interact with the Bay Area’s artistic community and support Southern Exposure’s programming all at once. Tickets are $20 (purchase at door), The Verdi Club is located at 2424 Mariposa Street in San Francisco.
July 11 – August 22nd, Michael Arcega ESPYLACOPA: A place at Johansson Projects: Michael Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history and geography. This exhibition features numerous objects and artifacts from the Nacirema – a people that were the subject of Horace Miner’s influential paper The Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, published in 1956. The opening reception is Saturday, July 11th from 1-4pm, with an artist talk at 1:30 pm. Johansson Projects is located at 2300 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.
Sunday, July 26th, 12-5pm, Summer Open House at Headlands Center for the Arts: Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, they offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Twice a year they open all the various buildings of the campus for visitors to engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress. Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito.
Ongoing to September 20th, Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: This exhibition features 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. A lecture with curators Renny Pritikin and Lily Siegel will be on Thursday, July 9th, 6:30 – 8pm. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is located at 736 Mission Street in San Francisco.
Monday June 1, 2015
June 5th – August 16th – 28 Chinese at the Asian Art Museum: This exhibition, organized by the Rubell Collection in Miami, presents 48 artworks from 28 contemporary Chinese artists. Featuring painting, installation, photography and new media, 28 Chinese brings together a multiplicity of practices and perspectives. While the exhibition offers only a sample of the dynamic contemporary art scene in China, it represents some of the most notable Chinese artists working today. The Museum is located at 200 Larkin Street.
June 5th – July 11th – Ajit Chauhan: Concrete is not Always Hard at 2291 3rd Street, presented by the Minnesota Street Project: For their inaugural project, 2291 3rd Street presents an exhibit of recent works on paper by San Francisco based artist Ajit Chauhan. Chauhan uses a typewriter to investigate the visual or plastic potential of language. Chauhan’s typewriter drawings use the repetition of single letters to form a sequence of fields and shapes. The opening reception is on Friday, June 5th 6-9 pm.
June 13th – June 27th – Bernie Lubell: Up in the Air at Southern Exposure: Bernie Lubell creates unlikely wood mechanical metaphors for the human condition. Gears, pulleys, bellows, valves, levers, human force and sophisticated engineering power his interactive wooden machines. As an artist who has lived and worked in the Bay Area for 40 years, his influence is felt in the work of many local artists. Collaborate with Bernie as he sets out to build an airship in the gallery at Southern Exposure. In two workshops and ongoing studio hours, visitors and Bernie will work together to create an air powered flying machine inspired by Frederick Marriott’s 1869 airship Avitor, expanding on Bernie’s ongoing research into breath and the force of air. The closing party for Up In The Air is Saturday, June 27th, 6 – 8pm. Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street.
Through July 19th, Tongue-in-Cheek in the Gatehouse Gallery at the di Rosa Preserve: This exhibition explores the continuing legacy of humor and absurdity in Bay Area art through the lens of a new generation of artists. In an increasingly fraught social and political context—both locally and abroad—many artists have turned to comedy to reflect upon and illuminate the absurdities of daily life. Tongue-in-Cheek presents a selection of these works in painting, photography, sculpture, video, text, and performance by artists Tammy Rae Carland, Jonn Herschend, Bessma Khalaf, Jennie Ottinger, Kate Rhoades, Chris Sollars, Lindsey White, and Wonderment Consortium. Known for its oft irreverent collection, di Rosa provides an apt context to examine this powerful approach to art making that favors laughter as a critical tool. On Saturday, June 20th from 2-4 pm there will be a free-form open mic event with the Wonderment Consortium. The di Rosa Preserve is located at 5200 Sonoma Highway in Napa.
Tuesday May 26, 2015
Our trip to New York last week focused on Frieze New York and NADA art fairs, as well as visiting gallery and museum exhibits. Here’s an overview of what we saw and liked:
Frieze New York Art Fair
Public Art by Creative Time
Creative Time’s, Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park is an exhibition of eight site-specific artworks throughout the north end of Central Park. We strolled through and visited a few, and were able to speak with some of the artists.
NADA Art Fair
The New Museum Triennial:
This exhibit, ‘Surround Audience’ features early career artists from around the world.
Thursday April 30, 2015
May 6th – May 31st, Ben Venom: Thrill of It All, The Artist Studio program at the de Young Museum: Ben Venom’s residency at the de Young Museum will expand on his current body of work by completing 9′ x 11′ handmade quilts constructed in part from donated/repurposed material (i.e. band shirts, jeans, etc.). This material, donated by friends, family, and community members, will become the foundation for the quilts. By stitching used clothing into a unified piece, the quilts display a multitude of personal histories. Everyone’s unexplained stains, tears, or rips will be included and when displayed, visitors will be able to see a piece of themselves sewn into a functional quilt. The designs will draw from research in the fields of mythology, the occult, folklore, and motorcycle gang logos. Visit The Artist Studio program Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm in the de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio. There will be an artist reception at the end of his residency Friday, May 29th 6 – 8:30 pm.
Ongoing to May 23rd, Existe Lo Que Tiene Nombre: Contemporary Photography in Mexico at SF Camerawork: A two part exhibit organized by San Francisco-based curator Sergio De La Torre and Tijuana-based curator Javier Ramírez Limón, in conjuction with Galeria de la Raza. The title of the exhibition, Existe lo que tiene nombre, comes from a conversation with the artist Jazzibe Santos, whose photographic project documents her grandmother’s household of labeled objects. Ranging from humorous to disturbing, personal to ambiguous, Santos’ photographs, along with those of the 22 artists featured in this exhibition, are indicative of the current state of contemporary photographic practices in Mexico. SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd floor.
Friday May 22nd – Tuesday May 26th, Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Exhibitions: Michael Arcega, Ma Li and Eden V. Evans: The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment. During their residencies, artists have scavenging privileges and 24-hour access to the company’s well-equipped art studio. At the conclusion of their residency, Recology hosts a two-day public exhibition and reception for the artists featuring the artwork made during their residency. The current exhibit opens with viewing times on Friday, May 22, 5-9 pm and Saturday, May 23, 1-3 pm. Additional viewing hours are Tuesday, May 26, 5-7 pm with a gallery walk-through with the artists at 6:30 pm at 503 Tunnel Avenue.
Bay Area MFA Thesis Exhibitions:
San Francisco State University – Ongoing – May 16th, MFA Thesis Exhibition, 1600 Holloway Avenue: Emerging, prolific artists present new work in photography, sculpture, new practices, painting, conceptual and information arts and printmaking. Showcasing the creativity and diversity in the Art Department’s rigorous, competitive three-year Master of Fine Arts program, these artists all exhibit their works actively throughout Northern California and beyond. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.
Mills College – May 3rd – May 31st, Terra Incognita, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland: Terra Incognita features work in a wide range of media—painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance—created by the emerging artists of the Mills College MFA in Studio Art Program. Opening reception is Saturday, May 2nd 6 – 8pm.
California College of the Arts – May 14th – May 23rd, 2015 MFA Thesis Show, 1111 8th Street: The CCA graduate MFA program has an interdisciplinary orientation that supports both the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought.
San Francisco Art Institute – May 14th – May 17th, Edge Effect, Pier 2 Fort Mason Center: 100 artists from San Francisco Art Institute’s graduate program present eclectic visions at the leading edge of contemporary art. Installations, painting, photography, video, sculpture, printmaking, performances, and hybrid forms come together for an exclusive four-day-only exhibition. Open daily 11 am – 6pm. Opening reception is Friday, May 15th 7 – 9 pm.
University of California at Berkeley – May 15th – June 14th, MFA 2015, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley: For the past forty-four years, BAM/PFA has teamed with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the work of its graduating MFA students. Because of the closure of the BAM/PFA Galleries in 2015, this year’s MFA presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley.
Tuesday April 7, 2015
A brief visit to Oakland recently yielded some interesting emerging work. Starting with Diedrick Brackens and Blaise Rosenthal at Johansson Projects.
Brackens recently completed his MFA in Textiles at CCA. His work conjures up Kente and Ewe cloth in its strip construction. Brackens is interested in the human connection to cloth and often considers his work portraits. The works below he refers to as Bandaids…incorporating yarn dyed with tea commenting on domesticity, the things we make and what we do with them. Fresh and thoughtful work.
In the project room at Johansson Projects is work by Blaise Rosenthal. We were surprised at the level of resolve and maturity by such a young artist. Obsessive mark-making is central to Rosenthal’s process.
And on the subject of repetition…Lisa Espenmiller’s new work at Chandra Cerrito Gallery references the artist’s meditative practice. The (chant) drawings appear almost as woven tapestries, but are in fact quotes from The Tao, written over and over in different directions.
Friday nights at the Oakland Museum are great fun…music, food trucks, drinks, activities for kids and time in the Museum without a crowd. The outdoor installations curated by Ruby Neri as part of the Fertile Ground exhibition are great additions to the show and an excellent use of the outdoor space.
Oakland based artist, Sahar Khoury works mostly in paper-mache to make sculptures which lay somewhere between sculpture and furniture.
Tuesday March 31, 2015
Ongoing to May 16th – Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints at The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): A fixture in the San Francisco Beat-era art scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Conner was renowned for his groundbreaking work in assemblage, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and experimental film. The Wichita, Kansas native never worked with one medium for long, and infamously shifted personas, often attributing his artwork to celebrities, such as actor and friend Dennis Hopper, and fake personas alike. Printmaking is one medium that spans Conner’s entire career. This exhibit features around 100 works, from the first etchings and lithographs the artist made while still a young student in Kansas in 1944 to his last inkjet prints made with Photoshop at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California, in 2003. The ICA is hosting an art talk featuring in-depth discussions of Bruce Conner’s work and the cultural landscape that influenced him. The public is invited on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm. Admission is $10. The ICA is located at 560 South First Street in San Jose.
Friday April 10, 6-8pm – What Grows Here, at Embark Gallery: In February 2015, Embark Gallery opened at Fort Mason Center. A non-profit art space that provides exhibition opportunities to graduate students in Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Embark Gallery fosters an environment for an engaged community of artists, curators and scholars, and expands the audience for up and coming contemporary art. The gallery represents the diversity of the talented artists studying at seven local art institutions including California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley. Opening on April 10th, What Grows Here, will be on view until May 25, 2015. For this exhibition, artists were asked to submit works that engage with the exhibition Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California (on view through April 12) at the Oakland Museum—artwork as diverse as California itself. Topics include local or personal histories, California style, past or current political issues, and art that engages with contemporary California culture. Embark Gallery is located at Fort Mason Center, Building B, Suite 300.
Sunday April 19th, 12-5pm – Spring Open House at the Headlands Center for the Arts: Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. Located in a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge they open up all of the artist studios twice a year for an open house. Visitors can roam the various buildings of the campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, see performances and hear readings. On top of all that The Mess Hall cafe will be open serving lunch. Headlands Center for the Arts is located at Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands.
Thursday April 23rd, 6 – 10pm – Art Changes Lives annual celebration to benefit Creativity Explored: Creativity Explored provides artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in studios and a gallery, and around the world. This event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, click here to purchase tickets.
Saturday April 25th, 6:30 – 10pm – Fresh & Local, Kala Art Institute’s Spring Auction: Kala Art Institute’s mission is 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. This year their auction features artworks by over 100 talented artists, and unique art-related items, local treasures, and experiences offered through both live and silent auctions. Fresh & Local will be held at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley. To purchase tickets click here.
April 29 – May 3rd, Art Market San Francisco: This is the fifth edition of this modern and contemporary art fair. Featuring approximately 70 galleries from around the country, innovative programming, performances and installations. The VIP Preview party benefits the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco comprised of the de Young and the Legion of Honor Museums. Art Market San Francisco is located to Fort Mason Center. To purchase tickets click here.
May 1st – 3rd, Start Up Art Fair: This is the inaugural year of this independent art fair for unrepresented artists. Located in Hotel Del Sol in the Marina District, over 40 artists will present solo exhibitions in hotel rooms. Collectors can acquire great works of art directly from the artists, making real connections in an intimate setting. To purchase tickets click here.