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Friday February 28, 2014
Ongoing to April 5, 2014 - Approaching Zero – At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking at Kala Art Institute: Curated by Mayumi Hamanaka, Approaching Zero celebrates artists who are each uniquely utilizing print-making in new and exciting ways. The show features work by artists Miguel A. Aragón, Stella Ebner, Zarina Hashmi, Walter Jule, Koseki Ono and Katsutoshi Yuasa. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 – 4:30 PM, admission is free. Kala Art Institute is located at 2990 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA.
Thursday, March 13 – Above and Below the Surface Panel Discussion at John Berggruen Gallery 6:00PM: McArthur Binion, Thomas Eggerer, and Josh Tonsfeldt will be discussing their work featured in the gallery’s group show. Above and Beyond the Surface explores varying techniques and approaches to the painted surface. In addition to the three panel artists, the show features work by Tauba Auerbach, Troy Brauntuch, Charline von Heyl, Suzanne McClelland, and Sarah Morris. Please RSVP by March 10th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. John Berggruen Gallery is located at 228 Grant Ave.
McArthur Binion does beautiful cross-hatched, multi-media surfaces that read as paintings. Decidedly minimal, Binion’s work embodies a strong intellect rooted in the expressive capabilities of color and abstraction. He cites his work’s narrative in the use of his hands to make his paintings, and his choice of child-like materials – wax crayons – which he presses onto shaped panels. The use of the crayon as medium renders a critique to the history of painting the ability to transform the ordinary “child’s medium” into a tool that can render complex studies of color and light.
Thomas Eggerer blends abstract and figurative imagery in vivid, dreamlike fields of color. His new canvases, all of them large-scale, build on his signature approach with figures rendered within otherworldly realms, absorbed in their actions that remain rather mysterious. His figures, with undefined faces and broadly applied forms, are more anonymous than individual, cast in candied colored planes of abstraction.
Josh Tonsfeldt has a storyteller- meets- archeologist’s sensibility. They are part of a series that relate to his visiting his Grandparents farm as the family ceased to own it, and then collecting fragments and notes and photos that are then incorporated into beautiful crusty “paintings” on paper with these remnants, bits of memory and sometimes script, included in, or hidden below, the surface. He has also cast partial architectural elements of the now deserted buildings.
Saturday, March 22 – Annual Fundraiser and Art Auction Smoke and Mirrors at Southern Exposure: Southern Exposure’s annual event features both live and silent auctions of work by over 100 artists and a variety of artist-led experiences. The annual fundraiser provides support for Southern Exposure’s programs and enables SoEx to continue supporting artists, presenting groundbreaking programs and serving as a center of visual arts activity in the Bay Area. Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street.
VIP Reception 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Main Event 7:30 – 11:00 PM
Live Auction 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Silent Auction Lots begin to close at 10:00 PM
Ongoing to March 23 – ArtComplex Pop up Exhibition in Oakland: Twelve East Bay artists are making site-specific work in twelve rooms of a two-story former medical office including video, installation, 2D and 3D art. Artists include Nyame O. Brown, Lisa Carroll, Modesto Covarrubias, Amy M. Ho, Amanda Klimek, Chelsea Pegram, Matthew Scheatzle, Karen Seneferu, Malik Seneferu, Brett Snyder, and Tiulescu & Neyman. Works are on view on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Artcomplex is located at 560 29th Street (between Telegraph Avenue and the 29th Street freeway underpass).
Monday February 3, 2014
February 1 – March 1 - Mauricio Ancalmo at Ever Gold Gallery: Mauricio Ancalmo’s new exhibition Krap Etag Nedlog Reve pays homage to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The show is inspired by the expansive nature of the park and the transformation from the naturally existing wilderness to a more contrived and industrial outdoor space. The artist will transform the gallery with elements such as sand and grass to create an artificially ‘natural’ setting, complete with video projects of the moon and the sounds of the ocean. An opening reception will be held at the gallery Saturday, February 1st from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Ever Gold Gallery, 441 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.
February 19 – Leslie Shows Artist Talk at Mills College 7:00 PM: Mixed media landscape artist Leslie Shows will give a talk this month as part of the Mills College lecture series. Shows’ work incorporates ink, poured paint, and collage materials like scraps, found images, and snapshots to create abstract landscapes. Find more information about the Mills College Artist Lecture series here, all lectures are free and open to the public. Danforth Lecture Hall at Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.
February 7 – March 31 - Jason Jägel at Gallery 16: Jason Jägel presents From the Sky Rivers Look Like Snakes, a show combining large oil paintings, works on paper, smaller mixed media pieces, and sculpture. Jägel says of the show- “as a jumping off point, these new paintings reference the immediacy of my daily brush-pen drawings made in pocket sketchbooks. Currently entering my 20th year of exhibiting, I am driven to loop back over my earliest impulses as a means to push forward.” An opening reception will be held at the gallery on February 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Gallery 16, 501 3rd St, San Francisco.
Public Art Out and About:
January 14 – April 11, 2014- Lordy Rodriguez for the Art on Market Street Kiosk: In Strangerhood, Bay Area artist Lordy Rodriquez reimagines some of San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods for the Art on Market Street Poster series. Focusing on Chinatown, North Beach, The Mission, The Castro, Haight-Ashbury, and Fisherman’s Wharf, the project explores the identities of familiar spaces. Read more about the Art on Market Street project here. The posters were commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for its ongoing Market Street Kiosk Poster Series. Market Street between the Embarcadero and 8th Street.
On-going – Kota Ezawa Public Art on Stockton Street: Kota Ezawa’s Horizons is an 150 ft. wide and 4 feet tall mural print, composed of depictions of horizon lines. The construction barrier mural was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, to beautify the construction sites for the city’s new Chinatown Subway Station on Stockton Street. This piece is part of the effort to beautify the construction sites for the city’s new Central Subway. Look out for more public art popping up around the city, such as Randy Colosky’s upcoming work at Moscone Center. On view on Stockton St. at Washington St., San Francisco.
Thursday January 2, 2014
January 8 – February 8 – James Sterling Pitt at Gallery Paule Anglim: San Francisco based artist James Sterling Pitt’s visualizations of memory will be on display at Gallery Paule Anglim. Pitt combines object based ‘journal’ drawings with abstract sculpture to juxtapose the recognizable with the conceptual. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on January 9th from 5:30 – 7:30. Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary St, San Francisco.
January 15– 19 – FOG Design + Art at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion: San Francisco hosts the best of international art and design at the inaugural FOG Design + Art fair. Featuring more than 40 designers and dealers from the Bay Area and across the country, including local galleries and artists, lectures and pop up exhibitions, the fair is a one stop shop. See the FOG website for tickets, locations and a schedule of events.
January 27- SFMOMA Artist Talk – Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá at SF JAZZ Center 7:00 PM: Three of the featured artist from SFMOMA’s Project Los Altos will discuss their local projects and their greater bodies of work. Featuring both indoor and outdoor pieces, commissioned works included in Project Los Altos can be seen throughout the downtown area and online here. Tickets are $10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors, available at sfjazz.org. SF Jazz Canter, 201 Franklin Street, San Francico.
Chris Johanson, known for his deceptively simple paintings and works characterized by humor and vibrant color, created five site-specific sculptures for outdoor locations throughout downtown Los Altos.
Mike Mills is the director of Thumbsucker and Beginners, and has created album covers for popular bands such as the Beastie Boys, Beck, and Sonic Youth. His new work for Project Los Altos, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project, looks at the city’s past, present, and future.
Kateřina Šedá‘s commission, Everything Is Perfect, invited residents of Los Altos to submit their talents for a compilation of the ordinary and unique. Johanson, Mills, and Šedá will speak about their intimate and extensive exploration of social life in Los Altos, as well as many other projects.
January 29 – May 25 – The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM): The Possible aims to create an experimental exhibition combining many spheres of creative space from gallery and studio to classroom and library. Featuring work by over 100 artists who collaborate as artists and with viewers, the exhibition will both seen and created simultaneously. Tickets to BAM are $10 for adults and $7 for Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17). View visitor information and buy tickets here.
Monday December 9, 2013
Our last day in Miami was filled with Art Basel Miami Beach, here are a few highlights:
Friday December 6, 2013
Nina Katchadourian from the Lavoratory Portraits in the Flemish Style series
Leandro Erlich video installation
Highlights from the Pulse Art Fair:
Highlights from Art Untitled:
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Artsource team is bringing you the latest and greatest from the Miami Art Fairs.
Works from Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales, a collection of Latin American art at the Cisneros Foundation (CIFO):
Highlights from the Miami Project:
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Monday December 2, 2013
December 2nd – 8th – Miami Art Fairs: The art world descends on Miami with over 20 art fairs and art events with Art Basel Miami Beach being the largest presenting over 250 galleries. For the latest and greatest make sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for recaps and updates. Stay in the know on exhibits and happenings by checking up on our blog.
Friday, December 6th and Saturdays in December – Oakland Art Murmur and Saturday Stroll: Oakland Art Murmur shows off the best of Oakland’s gallery scene with First Friday events and Saturday strolls. Every month roughly 20 venues in Oakland’s gallery corridor offer openings, street performers, and artist talks for a lively Friday night. For a more leisurely, focused experience stop by the same galleries the next afternoon for Saturday Strolls from 1-5pm. Telegraph Ave 19 – 27th Streets, Oakland.
Past, Present, Future opens on December 6th from 5:30 – 9:00pm with live music and tarot card readings. Creative Growth’s annual holiday event features works from over 100 artists, and their annual studio sale is a great place to pick up holiday gifts or a little something for your own collection. Creative Growth, 355 24th Street, Oakland.
Never Done curated by Renny Pritikin at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, opening December 6th 6-8pm. This exhibition features three female artists of three generations drawing on various techniques and materials used by their ancestors as a commentary on gender, work, and craft. Never Done is curated by Renny Pritikin who has worked previously as Director of the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis and chief curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary 480 23rd Street, Oakland.
Ongoing to December 28 – Diane Arbus 1971-1956 at Fraenkel Gallery: Prolific American photographer Diane Arbus captivated viewers with her unique portraits of ‘outsider’ groups. Diane Arbus 1971–1956 examines the artist’s evolution through a series of photographs centered on various areas of interest. The exhibition’s sixty photographs are presented in reverse chronological order, spanning just before the artist’s death in 1971 backwards to her departure from commercial photography in 1956. Don’t miss your last chance to view the show. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday from 10:30–5:30 and Saturday from 11:00–5:00, 49 Geary Street, 4th floor.
Ongoing to February 2, 2014, Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Contemplate our ever-changing world at Dissident Futures, an exhibition focusing on biological, social, environmental, and technological innovation through art. This thought provoking collection features work by internationally renowned artists who explore themes ranging from Utopia and future civilization to how we can better utilize technology in our day to day lives. Featured artists include Neïl Beloufa, Heman Chong and Anthony Marcellini, Peter Coffin, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Brody Condon, Future Cities Lab, Melanie Gilligan, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shane Hope, David Huffman, Paul Laffoley, Basim Magdy, Dan Mills, The Otolith Group, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Kamau Amu Patton, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith. Purchase tickets online here, museum hours are Thursday – Saturday from 12:00 – 8:00 and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00.
Thursday October 31, 2013
On-Going to January 5, 2014 – Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University: Visit the first major museum retrospective of contemporary artist and 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. Weems is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience. On view are more than 100 intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling photographs, installations and videos offering an unprecedented survey of Weems’s 30-year exploration of the universal human journey, especially as affected by race, gender and class. The Cantor Arts Center is located at 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Open Wed – Sun 11 am – 5pm, Thurs 11 am – 8pm.
Monday, November 4th – Keltie Ferris, Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, SFAI 7:30 pm: Brooklyn based artist Keltie Ferris’ works are large, gestural, and uncannily layered paintings. She has been identified as an integral part of a new generation of abstract artists, and a provocative contributor to the faux-naïf resurgence. By combining various forms of mark-making in large abstracted works—including spray painting, taping and stenciling, and applying and scraping paint with a palette knife—Ferris excavates and blurs a history of painting within each canvas. This lecture is free and open to the public with a social hour in the SFAI Cafe from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Located in the lecture Hall of SFAI, 800 Chestnut Street.
November 14 – December 21 – Ranu Mukherjee Apparitions at Gallery Wendi Norris: Ranu Mukherjee is a multi-disciplinary artist making hybrid films, works on paper and collaborative projects. Her recent work investigates the figure of the nomad as well as an imagined personal history of relations between Indian and European/US culture. Mukherjee employs a variety of mythological, socio-economical and natural imagery, articulating relationships between the compressed spaces of the body, stage and picture plane. Ultimately the work unveils these ‘apparitions’ as conduits between what is real and barely imaginable. The opening reception is on Thursday, November 14th, Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie Street.
November 9 – March 2, 2014 – Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley: SFMOMA brings national and international artists to the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos in this unique multisite exhibition. Occupying indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area, Project Los Altos features newly commissioned artist projects by Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá, Alec Soth, and Jessica Stockholder that respond to the history and culture of this former agricultural area, the local residents, and the sites themselves. These new works are joined by documentation of performances staged by Charles Garoian with his students at Los Altos High School from 1970 to 1983, and Jeremy Blake’s opulent Winchester trilogy (2002-2004), from the SFMOMA collection, inspired by the eccentric South Bay mansion built by Sarah Winchester. ~ www.sfmoma.org
Tuesday October 15, 2013
Of the many private collections we visited on this trip, one stood out in particular. Designed as a private retreat in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood and housing a major collection of contemporary and Latin American art, this converted plumbing supply warehouse is tucked away in Houston’s eclectic Montrose neighborhood. The collectors are strong supporters of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and in addition to an outstanding selection of modern and contemporary Latin American Art, have added a special balcony focused on the works of alumni of the Museum’s Glassell Core Artist In Residency Program. The collection tends towards minimalism and most pieces reflect a strong geometric component, including major works by Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Jesus Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Helios Oiticica, Guillermo Kuitca, and Elias Crespin plus local artists Joe Havel, Dario Robleto and Christian Eckart.
On our last night in Houston we visited the magical Twilight Epiphany, James Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University. For more than four decades, Turrell has used light and space to extend and enhance perception. His Rice Skyspace, one of his largest, is his 73rd worldwide. It is also the first to be engineered for acoustics, both for live performances and for electronic music. Each individual element of the space from the sequencing of the light displays, to the Skyspace’s exclusive function—the acoustical engineering, was designed uniquely for the Rice campus context; thus setting this Skyspace apart from the 72 spaces that have preceded it. As a result the site-specific installation “Twilight Epiphany,” is simultaneously a functional performance space and an experiential work of art.