Category: San Francisco

Calendar. 02.19.14.

Performa Obscura, by Athi-Patra Ruga, in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky
Performa Obscura, by Athi-Patra Ruga, in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky. Part of the exhibit Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in collaboration with SFMOMA, in San Francisco. Opens Friday. (Photo: Ruth Simbao, courtesy Athi-Patra Ruga.)

  • Oakland: Rick Prelinger, Lost Landscapes of Oakland, a screening, at the Oakland Museum of California. This Saturday at 3pm.
  • Claremont, Calif.: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, at the Pomona College of Art Museum, and the Pitzer College Galleries. Through April 13.
  • L.A.: Masood Kamandy, M.O.O.P. (Matter Out of Place), and Josh Reames, #PAINTING, at Luis de Jesus. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Raster Raster, at Aran Cravey. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in West Hollywood.
  • L.A.: In 2040…, at Jaus. Opens Friday at 6:30pm, in Santa Monica
  • Fort Worth: Art and Appetite: American Art, Culture, and Cuisine, at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Opens Saturday.
  • St. Louis: Dear Nemesis: Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013, at the Contemporary Art Museum. Through April 13.
  • New Orleans: Mel Chin: Rematch, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Opens Friday.
  • NYC: Medium As Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book, at the Morgan Library & Museum. Opens Friday, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, at the Guggenheim Museum. Opens Friday on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Lucas Samaras: Offerings From a Restless Soul, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Opens Monday, on the Upper East Side.
  • NYC: Kelley Walker, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Implicit Horizon, at Mixed Greens. Through March 15, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Erwin Redl, In Motion, at Bitforms Gallery. Through March 15, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Katie Bell, Light Weight, at Mixed Greens. Through March 15, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Re-View: Onnasch Colleciton, at Hauser & Wirth. Through April 12, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Jeff Baij, Yautja Moms, at Interstate. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
  • London: A Not So Still Life: Naked Portraits by Lucien Freud, at Luxembourg & Dayan. Through April 5.
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Calendar. 01.09.14.

Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. (Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)
Orgasmic Man (I, II, III), 1969, by Peter Hujar. Part of the exhibition Peter Hujar: Love & Lust at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Also on view at the gallery is Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits. Through March 8, near Union Square. (Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.)

  • NYC: The Age of Small Things, at Dodge Gallery. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Alex Prager, Face in the Crowd, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Liz Glynn, On the Possibility of Salvage, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Between the Lines, at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Stan Douglas, Luanda-Kinshasa, at David Zwirner. Opens Thursday at 6pm, on 19th Street, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Ted Gahl, Sundays (Like the Brightest Light in the Theatre Shining on an Empty Stage), at Dodge Gallery. Open Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Joseph Beuys, Process: 1971-1985, at Rooster Gallery. Through February 9, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: Stay in Love, curated by Chris Sharp, at Laurel Gitlen. Through February 2, on the Lower East Side.
  • NYC: A Chromatic Loss, at Bortolami. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Idiom 1, at Pierogi Gallery. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Williamsburg.
  • NYC: Judith Braun, Linda Herritt and Oriane Stender, at Valentine Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Ridgewood/Bushwick.
  • L.A.: Forensic Topology, a talk by Geoff Manaugh, at Machine Project. This Friday at 8pm, in Echo Park.
  • L.A.: Liz Larner, at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood.
  • L.A.: Gavin Kenyon, at Blum & Poe. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Yassi Mazandi, Flowers, at Maloney Fine Arts. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: LA Recent Abstract Painting, at Red Pipe Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
  • L.A.: Ramiro Gomez, Domestic Scenes, at Charlie James Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
  • L.A.: Two Johns and a Whore, with John Fleck, John Roecker and many others, at Coagula Curatorial. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
  • L.A.: Bia Gayotto, Somewhere in Between: Silicon Valley, 2012, at Monte Vista Projects. Opens Saturday, in Highland Park.
  • L.A.: Jonas N.T. Becker, Zol Zayn/What If?, at Shulamit Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Venice.
  • L.A.: Animation for Adults, a film festival organized by the American Cinematheque. Through January 25 at the Egyptian Theatre, in Hollwyood.
  • Paris: Stefano Ricci, L’histoire de l’ours, at Galerie Martel. Opens Friday.
  • Plus: Christian Viveros-Fauné wraps up a very dirty year. Happy 2014!
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Calendar. 12.11.13.

Sound-Manifest-Horizon-No.-1 by Augustine Kofie as part of Graffuturism at White Walls in SF
Sound Manifest Horizon No. 1, by Augustine Kofie. Part of the group show L’Avenir, a Graffuturism Group Show, organized by Poesia, at White Walls Gallery. Opens Saturday in San Francisco. (Image courtesy of the artist and White Walls.)

  • Orange County, Calif.: California Landscape Into Abstraction: Works from the Orange County Museum of Art, at OCMA. Opens Sunday, in Newport Beach.
  • L.A.: John Kilduff, FastFood Paintings, at Blackstone Gallery. This Thursday, from noon to 9pm, in downtown.
  • NYC: Emoji Art and Design Show, at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. On Saturday, there will be a panel, “I Have No Words: Emoji and the New Visual Vernacular, at 3pm, also at Eyebeam.
  • NYC: Robert Mapplethorpe, Saints and Sinners, at Sean Kelly. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Danny Fitgerald and Les Demi Dieux: Brooklyn Boys, at Steven Kasher Gallery. Opens today at 6pm, in Chelsea.
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Calendar. 11.29.12.


After processing they wait at railroad station for transportation to mine, 1960-66, by Ernest Cole. Part of the exhibit South Africa in Apartheid and After: David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole and Billy Monk, at SFMOMA. Opens Saturday. (Courtesy of the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg © The Ernest Cole Family Trust.)

  • L.A.: Lost in L.A., at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood.
  • Houston: The Progress of Love, at the Menil Collection. Opens Sunday.
  • Miami: Esther Shalev-Gerz, Describing Labor, at the Wolfsonian. Opens today, at Florida International University.
  • NYC: Fred Herzog: In Color, at Laurence Miller Gallery. Opens today, in Midtown.
  • NYC: Gary Simmons, a survey exhibition, at Metro Pictures. Opens today, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: David Humphrey and James Siena, at Valentine Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
  • Kingston, NY: Mark Hogancamp, Crash Landing!, at One Mile Gallery. Opens Saturday at 2pm, in the Hudson Valley.
  • Lima: Alberto Borea at Galería Lucía de la Puenta. Now on view, in Barranco.
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Calendar. 08.15.12.


Entrada, enamel paint on found objects, by Max ‘RIPO’ Rippon. From the artist’s solo exhibit Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines, at White Walls, through September 1. (Image courtesy of the artist and White Walls.)

  • L.A.: Alison Saar, STILL…, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis. Opens Saturday, on the west side. There will be an artist’s reception on September 15 at 4pm.
  • L.A.: Abel Alejandre, La Junta/The Gathering, at Coagula Curatorial. Through September 2.
  • S.F.: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, No Touch, at Eli Ridgway. Opens Friday.
  • NYC: Projects 98: Slavs and Tartars, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens today, in Midtown.
  • NYC: An artist sandcastle competition organized by Creative Time. This Friday at 3pm in the Rockaways. Hells Yeah!

Random Linkage:

  • Triple Canopy has a fantabulous essay about International Art English (IAE) — aka artspeak — tracking down its origins to the journal October, known for featuring translations and transliterations of dense, French poststructuralist texts. Artspeak, therefore, is English that is trying to sounds like badly translated French. (ArtInfo.)
  • Related: Great discoveries I made while reading the Triple Canopy essay: John Russell’s corrected gallery press releases. Overuse of opposites is one of my favorite artspeak tropes.
  • Connected, but not: Several short sentences about writing.
  • Kriston Capps on the Hirshhorn’s spectacle strategy.
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Calendar. 03.07.12.


Ponzoña, Arena Coliseo, ca. 1983, by Lourdes Grobet. Part of the exhibit Photography in Mexico, opening at SFMOMA, this Saturday. (Image courtesy of SFMOMA.)

  • L.A.: Robert Adams: A Retrospective Selection of Photographs, at LACMA. Opens Sunday at BCAM, in the Fairfax District.
  • L.A.: Natalie Bookchin: Now he’s out in public and everyone can see, at LACE. Opens Thursday, at 8pm.
  • L.A.: Carolyn Castaño, El Jardin Femenil y Otros Ocasos, at Walter Maciel Gallery. Through April 7, in Culver City.
  • L.A.: Transforming Public Art: Chicanos in the 80s, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Opens Friday at 7pm, in downtown.
  • Claremont, Calif.: It Happened at Pomona, Part 3 — At Pomona, at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
  • London: Matthew Picton, Urban Narratives, at Sumarria Lunn. Opens Thursday.
  • Plus: Get all my NYC listings over at Gallerina
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Calendar. 12.15.11.


There’s a screening of Serious Play: The Worlds of Helen Levitt, a documentary by Tanya Sleiman, at Eli Ridgway Gallery in San Francisco this Saturday at 4pm. You can see a trailer here. If I lived in S.F., this is where you’d find me. (Photo above nabbed from the very wonderful American Suburb X.)

  • Plus: My NYC picks can be found over at Gallerina…
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Calendar. 06.23.11.


Untitled, circa 2000, by Margaret Kilgallen. On view at Ratio 3 in San Francisco as part of a memorial show dedicated to the artist, Margaret Kilgallen: Summer/Selections. Opens today. (Image courtesy of Ratio 3. More pix at The Citrus Report.)

  • L.A.: Assorted Flavor, with Saber, Push, Kofie and many others, at Known Gallery. Through July 9.
  • Washington, D.C.: Fragments in Time and Space, at the Hirshhorn Museum. Opens today.
  • NYC: An exhibition of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, at Saltspace. Opens Friday at 6pm.
  • Amsterdam: BLADE, The King’s New Line, at ArTicks Gallery. Opens Sunday at 2pm.
  • Berlin: Sergej Vutuc, Something in Between, at Galerie Michael Janssen. Opens Friday at 6pm.
  • Plus: You can find many more NYC picks over at Gallerina.
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