Saturday, September 29, 2012
I previewed the Danny Lyon exhibition at the de Young yesterday. It's a small selection of his work spanning the time from the 1960s to present day. It's definitely worth a visit to the museum if you plan to take in the other galleries as well or if you're a member.
As always with photography exhibitions at the de Young I was left wanting more and with the feeling that this could have been a truly great exhibition had it been curated by another museum. Be that as it may, this exhibition provides to good opportunity to get a sense of Lyon's mastery of photography. I was impressed by the consistently exceptional compositions of the images on display, so many of them made on the move.
Some of the most recent images include scenes from China which convey a similar sense of struggle and search for hope that can be seen in Lyon's work from the '60s. As Lyon said in conversation at the museum last evening, his motivation for photographing was political not photographic. But I see his mastery of the photographic allowing the expression of the political, making his work exceptional indeed.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Artist Gao Ling, collaborated with the NGO Shanghai Nv Ai, a lesbian advocacy group, to create a public performance piece called "Subway Performance." In a protest against governmental dictates about "provocative" dress, Ling and other women ride the subway wearing tea strainer bras. They cover their faces to protect their identity while holding signs that say "It's a dress, not a yes, " and "Want to flaunt, not a taunt."
"Women," now showing at SF's Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) and curated by CCC's Deputy Director and Curator Abby Chen proves that art does not have to be large and loud to be powerful. ...more at...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Many other ceramic pieces created at Hospitality House were in the two large display windows in front of the studio.
CAP and the gallery are temporarily at The Luggage Store Gallery, 1009 Market Street, near 6th Street. The current show runs through October 5, 2012.
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If you thought kids have taken over the world, you haven't checked your coat at the DeYoung Museum lately.
The adult coat and bag check in the lower level of the DeYoung is like a large walk-in closet in a nice apartment, complete with art work.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012