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Tuesday April 7, 2015

Afternoon In Oakland

A brief visit to Oakland recently yielded some interesting emerging work. Starting with Diedrick Brackens and Blaise Rosenthal at Johansson Projects.

Diedrick Brackens, disconnected, drown, drench, 2015 Hand woven and sewn fabric, cotton dyed with tea and wine, nylon, commercially dyes cotton, and polyester yarns

Diedrick Brackens, disconnected, drown, drench,
Hand woven and sewn fabric, cotton dyed with tea and wine, nylon, commercially dyes cotton, and polyester yarns

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.

Diedrick Brackens, and see what happens 2015 Hand woven fabric, cotton dyed with tea, acrylic yarn, and nylon

Diedrick Brackens, and see what happens, 2015
Hand woven fabric, cotton dyed with tea, acrylic yarn, and nylon  (image: Johansson Projects)

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.

Blaise Rosenthal, A Farewell, 2014, charcoal an dacrylic on canvas  (image: Johansson Projects)

Blaise Rosenthal, A Farewell, 2014, charcoal and acrylic on canvas (image: Johansson Projects)


Blaise Rosenthal, detail


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.

Lisa Espinmiller, Chant Drawing, ink on paper

Lisa Espenmiller, Chant Drawing, ink on paper

Lisa Espenmiller, (chant drawing detail), ink on paper

Lisa Espenmiller, (chant drawing detail), ink on paper


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.

Sahar Khoury

Detail of the installation by Sahar Khoury and Francesco Deiana

Oakland based artist, Sahar Khoury works mostly in paper-mache to make sculptures which lay somewhere between sculpture and furniture.

The scene at Friday Nights at OMCA

The scene at Friday Nights at OMCA

Tuesday March 31, 2015

To Do List: April


Bruce Conner

Bruce Conner, ‘Tracery in the Sky (detail)’, 2002, archival pigmented inkjet with graphite.  Image courtesy of Magnolia Editions.

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.



Tanja Geis 'Littoral Daemon I' 2014, mud from San Francisco Bay on paper.

Tanja Geis ‘Littoral Daemon I’ 2014, mud from San Francisco Bay on paper.  Image courtesy of Embark Gallery.

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.


Welcome to Headlands Center for the Arts from Headlands Center for the Arts on Vimeo.

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.


Art Auctions:

Christina Marie Fong 'King African Statue' metallic ink on paper.  Image courtesy of Creativity Explored.

Christina Marie Fong ‘King African Statue’ metallic ink on paper. Image courtesy of Creativity Explored.

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.  


Val Britton  'Northwest Territory' 2010, ink, graphite and collage on paper.  Image courtesy of KALA Art Institute.

Val Britton ‘Northwest Territory’ 2010, ink, graphite and collage on paper. Image courtesy of KALA Art Institute.

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.


Art Fairs


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.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Notes from New York this Month

A full week in New York even during two storms yields such richness in the art world.  In between working with clients, we saw some exciting work by artists new to us as well as work by artists who we continue to place and follow.

More often than not, when we see new work that really grabs our attention, the artist has completed his or her MFA at Yale….this happens a lot. At a recent event, we asked Robert Storr (Dean, Yale School of Art) why this is so often the case.  He told us that Yale looks for the best young artists; those with unusual talent and a certain kind of drive that makes them capable of handling intense rigor of the program.  Yale MFAs kept popping up all week starting with Jay Heikes and Evan Nesbit at The Armory….

Jay Heikes, 'Music for Minor Planets (Piccard), 2015, graphite and pigment on dyed and bleached paper

Jay Heikes, ‘Music for Minor Planets (Piccard)’, 2015, graphite and pigment on dyed and bleached paper. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery


We are seeing a lot of work these days about materiality.  Evan Nesbit stands out.  He tie dyes burlap, stretches it and paints the back side of the canvas.  He’s really interested in optical phenomenon.


Evan Nesbit ‘Trans-pleasant’, 2015 acrylic dye and burlap.



The poetic works by Erica Baum will be in the Photo Poetics show at the Guggenheim this summer. There are several bodies of work….some very minimal and reminiscent of great modernists, and others playing with text and imagery. We popped into Bureau Gallery on the LES to get an overview:




Erica Baum ‘Enclosing’ 2010, archival pigment print



Erica Baum ‘Sonny’ 2012, archival pigment print.



And on the subject of where artists got their MFAs….Tyler School of Art was where Rubens Ghenov and Marsha Cottrell got theirs….we’re not necessarily drawing any conclusions here, but the rigor, process and thinking that these two young artists express is impressive.

Rubens Ghenov 'The Ridden Hour, Selected Dreams in Chuck D' 2013, acrylic on linen

Rubens Ghenov ‘The Ridden Hour, Selected Dreams in Chuck D’ 2013, acrylic on linen.


For the past two years, Ghenov has been making work based on a poet of his own creation whom he has named Angelico Morandà.  With an adept hand and a passion for storytelling, Ghenov’s work sits somewhere between fact and fiction. His work was featured at VOLTA by Morgan Lehman.

Rubens Ghenov "Ob Verse, Dusk1' 2014, acrylic on linen

Rubens Ghenov “Ob Verse, Dusk1′ 2014, acrylic on linen.


Marsha Cottrell at Eleven Rivington …. This is gorgeous work which blends new technology with a an art historical sensibility.  Using the keyboard, computer and laser printer as her tools, Cottrell creates drawings that float somewhere between abstraction and pictorial space.  Drawings that start on luminous mulberry paper are painstakingly and repeatedly laser printed with geometric shapes.  There is no actual digital file that exists for the images as they are literally created with the printer.

Marsha Cottrell 'Old Museum (Interior 5)' 2015, laser toner on paper, unique

Marsha Cottrell ‘Old Museum (Interior 5)’ 2015, laser toner on paper, unique.  Image courtesy of Eleven Rivington Gallery.

Installation view at Eleven Rivington Gallery.

Installation view at Eleven Rivington Gallery.


First time seeing the work of German artist, Reinhard Voss featured at Pulse fair by Galerie L’Inlassable from Paris.  Employing a lengthy process of joining wood fragments, dying, carving and painting, Voss explores the familiarness and foreignness of his subjects. The work feels contemporary and ancient at the same time.


Reinhard Voss, In the woods, 2011, mixed media on wood.   Image courtesy Galerie L’Inlassable


Marcel Odenbach at Anton Kern….This was the most exciting work at the ADAA fair.  This monumental collage depicts Tiananmen Square the day before the opening of the Beijing Olympics. A closer look into the collaged layers reveals a more politically complex work made of images from the artists own archive of the beautiful flower market and the 1989 Tiananman Square massacre.  Smaller works have similar dichotomies.

Marcel Odenbach '08.08.08 (China Collage)' 2008, acrylic on canvas.

Marcel Odenbach ‘08.08.08 (China Collage)’ 2008, acrylic on canvas.




New work from LA artist David Korty was featured at Wallspace in Chelsea. We’ve always loved David Korty’s ceramics and paintings. For this show entitled Blue Shelf, drawing from his background as a printmaker, Korty selects his own hand-drawn or printed images and collages them onto a saturated blue ground that defies any sense of depth. Really thoughtful compositions that seem to be saying something about domestic space, collections and formal compositions.

David Korty 'Blue Shelf #36'

David Korty ‘Blue Shelf #36′ 2015 ink, paper, pencil, silkscreen and paint on canvas.  Image courtesy of Wallspace in Chelsea.

And below is a shot from Wallspace’s stand at The Independent fair featuring David Korty’s ceramics and Daniel Gordon’s photographs.


A selection of David Korty ‘Untitled Vases’ 2015, high fire ceramics with glaze.


And with regard to Daniel Gordon’s photographs…this is really fresh and exciting work.  Gordon, a photographer/sculptor mines the internet for images of the individual objects that make up his still life compositions. Using scissors and glue he actually creates the objects from the printed image, composes the still life in his studio and ultimately captures it photographically.  It’s a multilayered process that results in rich, textured, and lively works of art.

and by the way….yes, Daniel Gordon got his MFA at Yale.

Daniel Gordon

Daniel Gordon ‘Orange Vase’ 2015, chromogenic print. Image courtesy of Wallspace Gallery.

Friday February 27, 2015

To Do List: March


Libby Black painting, sculpture and installation work.

Libby Black ‘Self Help’, ‘Andy Warhol Book’ and ‘Workout Room’ installation.  Images courtesy of Libby Black.

Wednesday, March 11th, 7:00 pm – Artist Lecture Series: Libby Black, at Mills College:  Libby Black, a dedicated adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, is a prolific painter and installation artist. Her work is based on imagery culled from disparate sources like fashion magazines, snapshots, newspapers, pop culture websites, television, movies and still lifes that she has staged. She is interested in having the work chart a path through her personal history and a broader cultural context to explore themes of impermanence and identity. Black received a BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts. Located in the Danforth Lecture Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. This lecture is free and open to the public.



Lu Chuntao, 'Hawthorn'  2014, ink painting.  Courtesy of

Lu Chuntao, ‘Lotus Pond’ 2014, ink on handmade paper. Courtesy of The Visual Art Center at The Chinese Culture Foundation.

Saturday March 7th, 1-3pm – Mind Traveling: Ink Art of Lu Chuntao, at The Chinese Culture Foundation’s Visual Art Center: Curated by University of California, San Diego Professor of Asian Art History, Theory and Criticism, Kuiyi Shen, this is the first US solo exhibition for artist Lu Chuntao. The exhibition of nearly 30 works features new ink on handmade paper paintings, in addition to several past works representative of Lu’s distinctive style, and is the first in a series of activities celebrating the Chinese Culture Foundation’s 50 year anniversary and annual Spring Festival. The exhibition also launches the Visual Art Center’s 2015 program series, Without Walls, aimed at engaging the broader community in the arts, both at the Center and in public spaces. The Visual Art Center, located at 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, will host an opening reception for the artist on March 7th, from 1:00-3:00 PM. The exhibit is open through April 11, 2015.




Images from last year's auction, courtesy of Southern Exposure.

Images from last year’s art auction, courtesy of Southern Exposure.

Saturday, March 21, 6:00 pm – EQUILUX, Southern Exposure’s Art Auction Fundraiser: Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Through extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate. Their annual art auction fundraiser features work by over 100 incredible artists, food and cocktails and artist-led experiences. One day after the vernal equinox, this event is equal parts night and day, a celebration of celestial alignment and the beginning of a new season. VIP and main event tickets are available here.



Doug Hall

Doug Hall, installation view of ‘The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described’.  Image courtesy of Doug Hall.

Saturday, March 28th, 6:00 pm – Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described at the San Francisco Art Institute: SFAI and SFMOMA are pleased to jointly present Doug Hall’s seminal large-scale installation The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described (1987), which conjoins industrial imagery with documentary scenes of nature in turmoil. Its three channels of video, displayed on six monitors and a projection, are accompanied by the sculptural presence of a functioning Tesla coil, two large steel chairs, and a tilted, commanding steel-mesh barricade. Bringing together the immediacy of sculpture with powerful moving images, and startling jolts extending from the coil, the installation is a potent reminder that we are subject to the forces of nature and the influence of media. The opening reception is at 6:00 pm in the Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut Street.

Friday February 13, 2015

Los Angeles Art Fairs, Studio Visits and Galleries

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair:

Kristin Baker at ACME Gallery

Kristin Baker, "Dog-Eared", 2014 acrylic on PVC

Kristin Baker, “Dog-Eared”, 2014 acrylic on PVC

Kristin Baker

Kristin Baker “Intumesce”, 2014, acrylic on PVC


Zach Harris at David Kordansky


Zach Harris, “Dark Rainbow School (Orange Grive)”, 2013-2015, water base paint, spray paint, masonite, wood. Detail on the right.



Roman Liska at Duve Berlin

Roman Liska "Dazzle Painting (black/white 2 x 2 grid), foamed rubber on linen.

Roman Liska “Dazzle Painting (black/white 2 x 2 grid)”, foamed rubber on linen.


Anthony Pearson at Shane Campbell Gallery

Anthony Pearson, Untitled etched plaster pieces, 2015 at Shane Campbell Gallery

Anthony Pearson, “Untitled (Etched Plaster)”, 2015 hydrocal in walnut frames



Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary:


The scene on opening night.


Artist Chris Duncan  and Maria Otero from Land and Sea.




Downtown Galleries:

Laura Krifka at CB1 Gallery – We visited the new space of CB1 Gallery to see Laura Krifka’s exhibit.  Her work is somewhere between Hollywood set and neoclassical painting, warping both human scale and gender identity. Her stop action video, Sow the Wind, 2014 is extraordinary.

Laura Krifka, "Flight", 2015, oil on panel.  Image courtesy CB1 Gallery.

Laura Krifka, “Flight”, 2015, oil on panel. Image courtesy CB1 Gallery.

Sow The Wind preview from laura Krifka on Vimeo.


Also at CB1 Gallery, Emily Davis Adams who creates very refined watercolor paintings focusing on the sidewalk near her Brooklyn home.

Emily Davis Adams, Untitled, 2014, watercolor on paper.  Image courtesy of CB1 Gallery.

Emily Davis Adams, Untitled, 2014, watercolor on paper.


Mira Darcy Is She Is She Psychic exhibit at Night Gallery

Mira Dancy, "Night Hours", 2014, acrylic on canvas

Mira Dancy, “Night Hours”, 2014, acrylic on canvas


Chana Horowitz at Francois Ghebaly Gallery – We fell in love with Chana Horowitz all over again when we saw these in Francois Ghebaly’s office.  Horowitz is an artist ahead of her time and was very much on the cutting edge of art and technology before anyone really understood what that meant.

Chana Horowitz works on paper at Francoise Ghebaly.

Chana Horowitz works on paper at Francois Ghebaly.


Eric Wesley at 356 S. Mission Road – We loved his stained glass burrito window installations.

Eric Wesley "Inch-Alota", 2015, stained glass.

Eric Wesley “Inch-Alota”, 2015, stained glass.


Studio Visits:

Studio visits are always such a highlight of our job.  We spent some time with John Houck in his new studio.  John’s unique visual language comes from his background in architecture and computer science.  His work is a great example of the innovation that happens when art and science converge.  It’s been great to see how his work continues to evolve.  We’re big fans!

John Houck explains his work.

John Houck explains his work.

Visiting with John Houck in his new studio.

Visiting with John Houck in his new studio.


Culver City Galleries:

Ryan Wallace at Mark Moore Gallery

Ryan Wallace

Ryan Wallace, “Redactor XXVI” 2014, enamel, acrylic, vinyl, aluminum, rubber, canvas, tape, paper, automotive tint on canvas.


Molly Larkey at Luis de Jesus Gallery – Breaking down elements of language and meaning through sculpture and painting.

Molly Larky

Molly Larkey “The Not Yet (Signals 1-7)”, 2014, steel, linen and acrylic.

Molly Larkey, The Ancestors #6, acrylic and mixed media on burlap on panel

Molly Larkey, “The Ancestors #6″, acrylic and mixed media on burlap on panel.

Molly Larkey “The Ancestors (#1-9)”, 2014 acrylic and mixed media on burlap on panel.


Monique Prieto at LAM Gallery – Fresh new work by Monique Prieto based on forbidden Mexican Hat dances.

Monique Prieto

Monique Prieto “Bachata”, 2014, oil on primed canvas.


Paramount Ranch Art Fair:

This artist-centered fair had lots of experimentation and installation based work, some interesting discoveries here.


The scene at Paramount Ranch.

Pilar Wiley ceramics at Young Art Los Angeles.

Pilar Wiley ceramics at Young Art Los Angeles.

Oscar Enberg at Thomas Duncan Gallery.

Oscar Enberg at Thomas Duncan Gallery.

Sanya Kantarovsky at Tanya Leighton Gallery.

Sanya Kantarovsky at Tanya Leighton Gallery.

Friday January 30, 2015

To Do List: February

Marshall Elliott 'Dust to Dust', Randy Colosky ' and Imin Yeh

Marshall Elliott ‘Dust to Dust’, Randy Colosky ‘Ghost in the Machine’ and Imin Yeh ‘Radiator’.

Ongoing – February 22nd, (Im)Material exhibition at the Headlands Center for the Arts:  Guest curated by Kevin B. Chen this exhibit includes 18 artists whose work surveys the slippery line that divides the known/unknown, tangible/intangible and terrestrial/extramundane.  Exhibition hours are Sunday – Thursday Noon – 5pm.  The Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands.



Alec Soth, 'Miss Model Contestants', 2012

Alec Soth, ‘Miss Model Contestants’, 2012  Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.

February 5th – April 4th, Alec Soth: Songbook at Fraenkel Gallery:  Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the country. From 2012 to 2014 Soth traveled the United States looking for signs of social life in our era of virtual social networks. To aid in his search, Soth assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of community newspaper reporter. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, he attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and family gatherings.  In this exhibition of approximately 20 photographs, Soth has stripped the pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root.  There will be a book signing with the artist at the opening reception on Thursday, February 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Fraenkel Gallery is located at 49 Geary Street, 4th floor.



Details of work in 'The Way Things Go': Top -

Details of work in ‘The Way Things Go': Top – Arin Rungjang ‘Golden Teardrop’ installation and video still,  Center – Maria Thereza Alvez ‘ Wake in Guangzhou: The History of Earth’ and Rirkrit Tiravanija.   Bottom – Camille Henrot ‘Living Underwater’ and Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan ‘Monument of Sugar’.  Images courtesy of YBCA.

February 13th – May 24th, A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go, Various public programs: Rirkrit Tiravanija is an international artist whose installations often take the form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading or playing music; architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element in his work.  For this exhibition, Tiravanija invited 12 artists from Asia and Europe, as well as from the San Francisco Bay Area, to contribute works related to the circulation and anthropology of seeds, plants, food, recipes, and related materials of kitchen culture that have circulated across regions and time. In conjunction with this exhibit, various public programs—including lectures at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Headlands Center for the Arts, where Tiravanija is a 2015 Artist in Residence—will accompany the exhibition.  Following are the events:

Friday, February 13th: Opening Night Party – The Way Things Go, 8pm at YBCA. Featuring 12 artists working in mixed-media installations, film, video and archive-oriented art.  Purchase tickets here.  

Friday, February 20th: Artist Lecture – Fear Eats the Soul, 7 pm at SFAI.  Tiravanija speaks about his work.  Free, rsvp here.

Sunday, February 22nd: Artist Dinner – Local Source, 6:30 pm at Headland Center for the Arts.  Share a meal and conversation orchestrated by Tiravanija.  Purchase tickets here.

Monday, February 23rd: Artist Lecture – The Way Things Go, 7:30 pm at the David Brower Center, Berkeley.  Tiravanija will speak about the principles and ideas that underscore the exhibition.  Free, rsvp here.



Benoit Maire's exhibition and bookstore.  Images courtesy of Kiria Koula.

Benoît Maire’s exhibition and bookstore. Images courtesy of Kiria Koula.

Ongoing – March 7th, Benoît Maire Exhibition & Bookstore at Kiria Koula:   Kiria Koula is a gallery and bookstore located in the Mission District.  The gallery exhibition program features new work by national and international emerging and mid-career artists and provides them with a platform for discussions around it.  The bookstore program highlights the artist’s role as researcher and thinker, rather than exclusively a producer of objects.  French artist Benoît Maire is currently featured in both the exhibition space and the bookstore.  His practice revolves around the interaction of objects, images, words and philosophical ideas and how they might co-exist and transform over time.  His process is one of collage, montage and assemblage.  In 2008 he started writing a manual of aesthetics where images, objects and writing are combined to bring forth some contemporary issues on the subject.  Kiria Koula is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6pm and is located at 3148 22nd Street.



Shirin Neshat

Gohar Dashti ‘Untitled #5 from the series Today’s Life and War’, Shirin Neshat ‘Roja’, and Tanya Habjouqa ‘Untitled from the series Women of Gaza’.  Images courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center.

Ongoing – May 4th, She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University:  Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this exhibition presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. These photographers have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. The work provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity and exploring the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty.  Related programs with this exhibition include:

Thursday, March 5th, 12:15 pm:  Gallery Talk – Dr. Attiya Ahmad, Stanford Humanities Center Fellow and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University, provides a unique perspective on the exhibition’s photographs through the lenses of gender, feminist studies, and her scholarship on the Middle East. Located in the Pigott Family Gallery

Thursday, March 19th, 5:30 pm: Artist Panel Three of the artists discuss their work: Boushra Almutawakel (born 1969 in Yemen, resides in Yemen and France); Tanya Habjouqa (born 1975 in Jordan, resides in East Jerusalem); and Rania Matar (born 1964 in Lebanon, resides in the U.S.). Located in the Cantor Auditorium.

Thursday, April 30th, 5:30 pm – Reframe Iran profiles 40 Iranian artists through text, photographs, and immersive video.  Located in the Cantor Auditorium.



Friday January 2, 2015

To Do List: January


Top: Desiree Holman, 'Aura Convergence ,Crowley & Cayce  Bottom: Ranu Mukherjee

Top: Desiree Holman, ‘Aura Convergence, Crowley & Cayce’, gouache on paper.  Bottom: Ranu Mukherjee, ‘Desert Bloom – Models, Protesters, Service Dogs’, ink on silk.  Images courtesy of Kala Art Institute.

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 Mukherjeeand 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.



Last year's entrance to the FOG Design + Art Fair

Last year’s entrance to the FOG Design + Art Fair.  Image courtesy of Joseph Driste.

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.



and Hannah Whittaker

Lorenzo Vitturi, ‘Gloria’, giclee print on paper mounted to aluminum and Hannah Whitaker, ‘Difference Engine No. 1′, archival pigment print.  Images courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris

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.



The storefront of Capital Gallery in Chinatown.

The storefront of Capital Gallery in Chinatown.  Image courtesy of Capital Gallery.

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.



Top to Bottom: Kara Maria, Imin Yeh, and Matthew

Top to Bottom: Kara Maria, Imin Yeh, and Matthew Goldberg in the Recology studios.  Images courtesy of Recology 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 Art Week: Miami Project & Untitled Art Fair

Miami Project Art Fair

View of the fair



Heather Watkins at PDX Contemporary




Oliver Herring at Robischon Gallery




Claire Sherman at DC Moore Gallery

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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

Miami Art Week: PULSE and NADA art Fairs

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

Miami Art Week: Art Basel Miami Beach Highlights

Frank Walter at Ingleby Gallery

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