Sunday, October 30, 2016

Free First Tuesday at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: Rivers and Tides

Nov 1 is #FreeFirstTuesday! at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Explore "#NedKahn: Negev Wheel" and view documentary "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time."

Landscape sculptor #AndyGoldsworthy is renowned for his environmental sculpture using ephemeral materials like ice, stone, leaves, and wood. →

Friday, October 28, 2016


Canaletto, born OTD 1697: Piazza San Marco in Venice, seen from the Basilica of Saint Mark.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

November at SFAI, Day of the Dead in SF and Open Studios, 3rd week.

San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street.  Photo by Claudine Gosset
Andrei Codrescu lying on the guest-bed of an art collector under a portrait of Mao by Andy Warhol. No attribution/ courtesy of Nina Savich/ SFAI
Lots going on at SFAI through November. If you can make it up that hill or find parking, SFAI holds their annual art sale and festival called "Concentrate" on Nov 12 & 13 that transforms SFAI into an all-campus art sale by current undergraduate and graduate student artists and features a juried alumni show too.

November 8: "Gender in Translation, After Hours," organized in  partnership with Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US

Ongoing Visiting Artists and Scholars series including  Andrei Codrescu on Nov 8 and artist Koki Tanaka on Nov 1 whose show Koki Tanaka: "Potters and Poets” will be on view at the Asian Art Museum November 4, 2016–February 14, 2017. Dara Birnbaum, a New York-based media and installation artist, on Nov 15.

Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA. Visit for more info ...

Day of the Dead Events in SF including the 17th annual Dia de los Muertos at SOMarts:

Art Span. Open Studios, 3rd week:


Presidio, Richmond, Upper Haight, Buena Vista, Cole Valley, Sunset, Ocean View, West Portal, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park

For more information: Open Studios

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

eBay Collective

Photo; Peter Estersohn/Architectural Digest, April 2012. Interior Design, Suzanne Kasler Interiors
This should be interesting. It's not the first time that art works have been sold via on line, but who is doing the curating? I think they will go from the dreadful to the sublime (one hopes for the sublime). How can a dealer tell if an item is authentic via a photo on the Internet? A quick look at the fine arts pages shows a lot of works by unknown artists, selling for $1000 and up.

"Today, eBay launched a new destination, eBay Collective, an elevated shopping experience to provide interior designers and consumers with curated inventory of furniture, antiques, contemporary design and fine art. The bespoke experience has been specifically developed for eBay’s 164 million active buyers looking for sought-after products from trusted dealers and galleries. Dealers featured on the destination have been invited by eBay, and they meet eBay’s criteria to ensure a high-quality shopping experience. “eBay’s brand is about helping every person find their version of perfect. Following our launch of eBay Wine this spring, eBay Collective is another example of how we’re committed to providing our consumers with curated experiences that are complemented with unique inventory and increased scope of choices to shop from,” said Jill Ramsey, eBay’s Vice President of Soft Goods."

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sawyer Rose performs "The Carrying Stones" at Fort Mason

Sawyer Rose. Ties That Bind // 2016, 20 x 8 x 7 feet, 1000 handmade tiles, silver solder, copper, fiber, wireframe figure
Inspired to explore the “double burden” carried by women who work at paid jobs and are also responsible for domestic labor at home, Bay Area artist, Sawyer Rose is performing "The Carrying Stones" project at Fort Mason.

"Carrying Stones" is a series of a sculpture, performance and video works that portrays the physical, emotional, and practical effects of this issue.

Concurrent with this performance, her sculpture "The Ties that bind" is also on exhibit at Ft. Mason.

"The Ties That Bind "sculpture is a data visualization of hours of unpaid work that women do in the domestic sphere. It is made of 1000 handmade tiles, each representing an hour of time worked.

Women around the world do more unpaid housework than men – A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the percentage of men and women who are involved in housework has barely moved since 2003, with 84% of women reporting doing 2.6 hours of unpaid housework daily vs. 64% of men who reported doing any housework at all, and those that did spent 2 hours a day. This is even more striking at a time when the US has nominated its first female presidential candidate.

While women in the US workforce are still struggling to break the glass ceiling, they’re also fighting to stop “scrubbing the tile floor” at home. Cooking, cleaning, and childcare responsibilities often still default to women, keeping them from advancing at work and in society.

Inspired to explore the “double burden” carried by women who work at paid jobs and are also responsible for domestic labor at home, Bay Area artist, Sawyer Rose debuted "The Carrying Stones" project at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on Friday, September 23. "Carrying Stones" is a series of a sculpture, performance and video works that portrays the physical, emotional, and practical effects of this issue.

The project documents the lives of 47 women who are currently tracking the hours they spend on paid work, unpaid work, and other activities in a custom web application built for this project.

Ties That Bind (detail) // 2016, 20 x 8 x 7 feet, 1000 handmade tiles, silver solder, copper, fiber, wireframe figure

“No matter how far today’s women “Lean In,” it’s hard to be the CEO when they are also the head chef, janitor, and caregiver,” says Sawyer Rose. “The goal of this installation is to shine a light on an important issue in our society, and to be a catalyst for more dialogue and solutions to the problem.”

Learn more about the Carrying Stones project at: and The sculpture will remain on display for two months on the south side of Building D next to the FLAX art & design store.

For inquiries & sponsorship opportunities:   415-806-2458

all images courtesy Sawyer Rose

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Quick Saturday Museum Round-Up: Legion, De Young, Asian Art Museum, Kearny St. Workshop & Market St.

Legion of Honor ‏@legionofhonor Now open! Meet the Le Nains, a 17th century artistic trio of brothers who lived together, played together and painted together.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive ‏@BAMPFA
Happy Saturday! FamilyFare today consists of exploring the Berkeley Eye Exhibit & creating some fun art.

De Young Museum ‏@deyoungmuseum
Encourage exploration and creativity with one of our free family art-making sessions!

Ed Ruscha exhibit closes tomorrow

Asian Art Museum ‏@asianartmuseum Get in on @AsiaWeekSF action with a trip to our "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea" show—now on view.

This afternoon: Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, presents APAture’s Performing Arts Showcase Featuring Sammay Dizon and a lineup of some of today's most exciting emerging artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.

"While lollygagging up Market Street, stop and take a peek at the cool doohickeys and rad new structures along the way. The third annual Market Street Prototyping Festival is underway, happening on Market from the Embarcadero to Van Ness. "

Monday, October 3, 2016

Tickets for Art Launch

The Do Not Miss Exhibits this Fall plus Open Studios 2016

I have already covered the Magid;The Proposal on my other blog - but I also plan to write about the Bruce Conner show and one other -LE Nain - not mentioned in the article. The usual arts focus is on the trendy and popular but there is a lot more going on than that.

SF Open Studios 2016

SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. 2016 marked the 41st annual SF Open Studios event. We invite you to explore our city and find amazing art at every turn. You’ll discover an authentic connection to your art community and artwork in myriad forms, from painting, photography, and printmaking to glass, metal sculpture, and more. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing list, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.