Darren Waterston: What’s up with the sublime?

In the San Francisco Chronicle Daniel N. Alvarez reports that Darren Waterston’s paintings are sparked by his interest in past artists’ attempts to depict the vast, all-encompassing world of the sublime. “Waterston took more than 18 months to craft the show, a process he says involved exploring the abstracted ideas of the sublime by looking … read more… “Darren Waterston: What’s up with the sublime?”

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Post-gallery situated practice: Crockett Bodelson and Sandra Wang

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Novella Carpenter reports that Crockett Bodelson and Sandra Wang have become street dealers. “Bodelson, who tends to wear big metal eyewear, attended art school at California College of the Arts, did a residency at The Cooper Union in New York and started a gallery in Philadelphia. He knows only too … read more… “Post-gallery situated practice: Crockett Bodelson and Sandra Wang”

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John Andrews and Emil Lukas explore the real in San Francisco

In San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker reports that the complexity in Andrews’ work lies in the viewer’s encounter with it. “As sharply defined as each piece appears, its color fluctuates unpredictably with changing vantage points and time of day, none more lushly than the big rose-colored piece designated “08-14” (2008), a title, like all the … read more… “John Andrews and Emil Lukas explore the real in San Francisco”

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Frannsen: Visual gibberish or fearless painting?

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker swoons over new work by Southern California painter Sherié Franssen. “Her paintings may strike unprepared eyes as visual gibberish, but that’s the first proof of her fearlessness as an artist. To comprehend these abstractions, even merely to stay with them, requires moving repeatedly close and far, looking from … read more… “Frannsen: Visual gibberish or fearless painting?”

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Sarah Walker: Layer upon layer upon layer

In the press release, Sarah Walker claims to use painting “as a tool for perceptual recalibration that enables viewers to detect and intuit disparate spatial systems simultaneously.” Well, OK, I guess so, but no need to be so rhetorically oblique and cerebral. Her mostly small, densely-layered compositions incorporate lattice-like structures, which suggest everything from cellular … read more… “Sarah Walker: Layer upon layer upon layer”

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David Park: Sidelong awareness, immune to the skepticism of intense, central focus

In the San Francisco Chronicle Kenneth Baker reports that the work of David Park has “begun to have a restorative impact, rewarding in its viewers a humanistic taste discredited equally by avant-garde theory and by a degraded mass culture. Park died at 49 in 1960, but even then, long before art assumed the strange forms … read more… “David Park: Sidelong awareness, immune to the skepticism of intense, central focus”

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Paul Wonner, 87, dies in San Francisco

Paul Wonner, long associated with Bay Area Figuration, died Wednesday in San Francisco of natural causes on the eve of his 88th birthday. Art critic Kenneth Baker wrote the obit in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Mr. Wonner enjoyed collegial support for his work from originators of the Bay Area Figurative style, including David Park (1911-1960) … read more… “Paul Wonner, 87, dies in San Francisco”

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Iraqi painter Karim Alwali meets Jasper Johns and Mark Rothko

In the San Francisco Chronicle Meredith May reports that Karim Alwali, one of the most recognized abstract painters in Baghdad, is now painting memories of his homeland in a tiny apartment in San Jose. “Before the war, Alwali’s work was on permanent display at the most prestigious museum in Iraq, Gallery Hawar. Now all he … read more… “Iraqi painter Karim Alwali meets Jasper Johns and Mark Rothko”

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Diebenkorn arrives in New York

“Diebenkorn in New Mexico,” curated by Charles Strong and Charles M. Lovell; organized by the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico. Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY. Through April 5. Click here to see images. Save those paintings from grad school. Between January 1950 and June 1952, Richard Diebenkorn was enrolled in the graduate fine … read more… “Diebenkorn arrives in New York”

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Toenges, Tollens and the love of paint

“Michael Toenges and Peter Tollens,” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Through Feb 23. German painters Michael Toenges and Peter Tollens, in thrall to the hedonistic, fleshy qualities of paint itself, explore different positions from the big, pluralistic manifesto of abstraction. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker reports that the love of painting may … read more… “Toenges, Tollens and the love of paint”

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