Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby' at CS Northridge

An exhibit honoring Jack Kirby, the most influential and well known comic book artist in America. For almost a decade, Kirby provided Marvel's house style, co-creating with Stan Lee many of the Marvel characters and designing their visual motifs. At Lee's request, he often provided new-to-Marvel artists "breakdown" layouts, over which they would pencil in order to become acquainted with the Marvel look.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels,' at the Cantor Arts Center

A rare look at a  the work of an early 20th century California artist. Nationally recognized during his time but largely forgotten in our own, painter Astley D. M. Cooper (1856–1924) used a faux Egyptian temple as a studio, paid off bar debts with paintings, and threw the wildest parties that San Jose, California had ever seen. With their luscious colors and trompe l’oeil trickery, his landscapes, portraits, and wild western scenes aimed to both please and astonish. To this day, he has a following among those who collect early California art.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bill Cosby's African-American art collection to remain on view at the Smithsonian

Gerard Sekoto. 1913–1993, South Africa Boy and the Candle. 1943

It really is about the artists and the Cosby's have a magnificent collection. Many of these artists, because they are African-American, are little known and little seen:

Highlights of the collection include: Rare late 18th- and early 19th-century portraits by the Baltimore-based African American artist Joshua Johnston
Explorations of black spirituality in the 1894 masterwork “The Thankful Poor” by Henry Ossawa Tanner and in the 1943 painting “Boy and the Candle” by South African artist Gerard Sekoto
The struggle for freedom and equality explored through the 1989 sculpture “Toussaint Louverture et la vieille esclave” by the Senegalese artist Ousmane Sow and the 1982 painting “Still Life: Souvenir No. IV” by the African American artist Eldzier Cortor
History, knowledge and memories explored through Cosby family quilts and African textile
A section on music and urban life that includes African musical instruments and African and African American modern and contemporary works

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Burning Man Temple returns to Patricia's Green, July Arts Calendar, Discover and Go and more..

Burning Man temple returns to Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley:

Photo courtesy of Black Rock Arts

July Arts Calendar from SF Art Enthusiast:

Discover and Go: San Francisco Public Library is transitioning its beloved free museum and attractions passes program, known as Check Out San Francisco Family Pass, to a new online platform called Discover and Go. Library users will still be able to access free passes to more than a dozen San Francisco museums and attractions with the use of their library card. With Discover and Go, library users can better plan their visits to local attractions by reserving a pass online with their library card and printing their tickets at home or at the neighborhood library. In addition, while the Check Out San Francisco Family Pass was available only for families accompanied by children under 18, some  Discover and Go attraction passes are available for users of any age.

To start accessing passes to a variety of Bay Area attractions with your Library card, go to:

San Francisco’s Discover and Go program is sponsored by the Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF) and San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

Highlights from past SFAQ projects:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

'28 Chinese' at the Asian Art Museum

Edgy, transgressive, disturbing, challenging, interesting and in some cases, simply beautiful - if there's one show you must see in June, this should be the one.