Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Manuel Neri' at John Berggruen

Last week, I went to as many galleries as I could and I haven't begun to sort things out yet.  But for me, the standout gallery show was the exhibit of iconic Bay Area figurative painters at the John Berggruen Gallery.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Poetry of Parmigianino's 'Schiava Turca' at the Legion

"Schiava Turca” (“Turkish Slave”) arrived at the Legion of Honor, cloaked in mystery. A small painting, set within an elaborate gold frame, the lady is winsome and coy, from her stripped turban, heavily rouged cheeks and delicately arched eyebrows to the tips of her graceful fingertips. On loan from the Galleria Nazionale di Parma, it was painted between 1531 and 1534 in Parma.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ARC, Sandra Lee, Fouladi Projects and kid friendly at the de Young

Art Works – Buy Art, Do Good: Enjoy local art, complimentary food, wine and silent auction.

An auction benefitting SFGoodwill @ ARC Gallery

Can’t resist local art finds with a unique sensibility? You won’t want to miss this special benefit evening of “FourSquared,” a collection curated for art enthusiasts with a strong abiding interest in local, affordable art. Created by some of the most talented Bay Area artists, these sixteen small works, presented in clusters, give the experience of sixteen micro solo exhibitions.
Admission is free and all works are priced under $500. Best of all, your purchase of artwork supports Goodwill’s job training and placement mission, giving local people in need a second chance through the power of work. Thursday, September 11th - 6 -9 p.m.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Anderson Collection at Stanford opens to the public

Jim Dine (U.S.A., b. 1935), Blue Clamp, 1981

Roy Lichtenstein (U.S.A., 1923–1997), Mirror 1, 1977. Paint on bronze
For the past 50 years, Bay Area art collectors Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson have passionately assembled one of the most outstanding private collections of 20th-century post-war American art in the world. On September 21, more than 100 extraordinary works from their collection will be on view in a new museum adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center: the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

To celebrate its new neighbor, the Cantor presents an exhibition of spectacular Pop Art works. The show, "Pop Art from the Anderson Collection at SFMOMA,"  runs August 13, 2014 through October 26, 2015.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'From Two Arises Three," Korea Day and more at the Asian Art Museum

 The Tao gives birth to one
one gives birth to two
two gives birth to three
three gives birth to ten thousand things
—Laozi, Daode jing

 Sunday is KoreaDay at the Asian Art Museum and it's F R E E. Daylong extravaganza for all ages.

The 2nd floor galleries have two exhibits worth going out of the way to see. "From Two Arises Three" focuses on the work of two American contemporary artists working in uniquely Chinese styles: painter Arnold Chang and photographer Michael Cherney.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Oakland Museum

BARTed to Oakland for dinner on a recent Thursday, and decided to go early and tie in a stop at the 12th St BART Station, to see the Oakland Museum and the June Steingart Gallery at Laney College.      
After hearing so much about Oakland revival, I was surprised to find not much going on in the whole neighborhood except a sidewalk garage sale with many unique items.    Few people were in the Oakland museum.

Sculptors and stained glass artists speak highly of the Laney art program.   I was disappointed to find the open til 5PM Steingart Gallery at Laney was already closed at 3PM.  The Laney web site does say hours are subject to change.   After making a call to the number listed on the gallery page of the web site, I was informed that is not the number to call nor is the correct one available.   My thoughts drifted to all the welcoming Academy of Art galleries in SF, their MFA shows, etc.    

Future art trips to Oakland:  First Friday Art Walk of Oakland Art Murmur.  

Looking at map of Oakland Art Murmur made my head hurt, and also begged the question, is it called Art Mumu in Honolulu? 

From the murmurmap, it looks like the art movement is moving away from Oakland museum and nearby Laney College.  

I had not been to the Oakland Museum in a long time.  It is much larger than I remembered, with extensive grounds.   As the Museum’s primary focus is education and California history, I sped through those sections, having temporarily reached my limit recently through books, documentaries and other sources.      I stopped at one room with kids flopped on beanbags on the floor. They seemed to be enjoying a full wall video of what it is like to see the ocean from a slowly rocking boat, known in the interactive education arena as a seasick-o-tron.   Woozy from standing on the deck of the boat, I staggered from the room, holding the wall along the way to the coastal tide pool and beach found plastics collection, before heading to my favorite exhibits at the museum:
  • Paintings by David Park and others with similar style 

  • Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape   now through Sunday, January 4, 2015
2013 SF Gate article about Rex May collection at SF Mexican Museum  

The upcoming SFMOMA collaborative Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California  opens September 20, 2014, runs through April 12, 2015 at Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mexican Museum announces a partnership with the University of Mexico

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico) (UNAM)

The Mexican Museum keeps on working to upgrade its status and visibility - last week's Family Day was a big success and now, the possibility of visiting artists from Mexico? Viva Mexico! Viva Arte!