John Wood: Making small, busy abstract paintings seem big

In the San Francisco Chronicle Kenneth Baker reports that Bay Area painter John Wood has the rare knack of making small, busy abstract paintings seem big. “Some strike the eye almost like scaled-down reproductions of themselves. Wood gets a tremendous quotient of gestural energy into his show at the phone-booth-size Hyde Street Gallery. Yet the … read more… “John Wood: Making small, busy abstract paintings seem big”

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Judith Belzer: Crawling along the bark of a tree

In the SF Chronicle, Edward Guthmann profiles Judith Belzer, whose tree-bark paintings are featured at Room For Painting Room For Paper this month. “‘A lot of people look at nature as something remote and romantic, far removed from us,’ Belzer says. ‘But I’ve always been interested in seeing nature as an active force in our … read more… “Judith Belzer: Crawling along the bark of a tree”

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In San Francisco: Ouadahi, Bhujbal, Soloman

“Driss Ouadahi: Another Place, Another Me,” Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Through Dec. 8. Drawing upon a lifelong interest in architecture, Ouadahi creates a hybrid language of structural design and abstract painting that infuses the rigid form of monotonous buildings with color and light. Broad, multi-colored brushstrokes define volume and depth, but also humanize the … read more… “In San Francisco: Ouadahi, Bhujbal, Soloman”

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Klimt the movie

Klimt According to the press kit, director Raul Ruiz “transports us to 1918 where Gustav Klimt (John Malkovich) lies on his deathbed. We follow Klimt’s feverish visions back to the Austrian pavilion at the World Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, where he is awarded the gold medal for his work entitled ‘Philosophy.’ We witness his … read more… “Klimt the movie”

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Fernando Botero Abu Ghraib paintings go to UC Berkeley

Jesse Hamlin reports in the San Francisco Chronicle: “In April, the artist, who lives mostly in Paris, e-mailed Professor Harley Shaiken, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, who had organized the show, to say he’d decided to give the works to UC Berkeley. He wrote that because of the school’s academic stature and … read more… “Fernando Botero Abu Ghraib paintings go to UC Berkeley”

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Ala Ebtekar: responding to contemporary geopolitical crises

“Ala Ebtekar: Drawings on paper mounted on canvas,” Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA. Through Sept. 1. Kenneth Baker in the San Franscisco Chronicle: “Born in the United States and raised here and in Iran by his Iranian parents, Ebtekar finds himself positioned to respond as few American artists can to contemporary geopolitical crises. His … read more… “Ala Ebtekar: responding to contemporary geopolitical crises”

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Donald and Doris Fisher propose new SF museum for their collection of contemporary art

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker reports: “San Francisco’s stature as a cultural destination and hub of new art scholarship will jump dramatically if Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher get their wish to build a museum for their collection of modern and contemporary art on the Presidio grounds. Containing more than a thousand … read more… “Donald and Doris Fisher propose new SF museum for their collection of contemporary art”

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Il Lee ballpoint pen drawings at the Queens Museum

“Il Lee: Ballpoint Drawings,” curated by Joanna Kleinberg. The Queens Museum of Art, New York. Through Sept. 30, 2007. The Queens Museum of Art introduces the work of Il Lee (b. 1952), a Korean-born artist living and working in Brooklyn since 1977. Using disposable ballpoint pens, Lee creates dramatic ink fields on surfaces of canvas … read more… “Il Lee ballpoint pen drawings at the Queens Museum”

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Martín Ramírez drawings at the San Jose Museum of Art

Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle: “These days, art museums frequently introduce important exhibitions with orientation materials. They seldom enlist another institution to do it for them, as the San Jose Museum of Art has with its visually gripping exhibition ‘Martín Ramírez.’ Stop first at San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza, where two large rooms … read more… “Martín Ramírez drawings at the San Jose Museum of Art”

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Unrehearsed expressiveness in art

Kenneth Baker in The San Francisco Chronicle recommends The Passionate Gesture: “Hackett-Freedmaninvites us to think about whether and how we can recognize unrehearsed expressiveness in art. Modernism staked itself on fresh starts, or faith in them, again and again. Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Constructivism, on down to Pop Art, minimalism and conceptual art — … read more… “Unrehearsed expressiveness in art”

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