Visual Art

Million, schmillion

YEAR IN VISUAL ART: What to make of 2013's big-ticket art sales

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Art 111

One of SF's first gallery-based nightclubs turns 20

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NIGHTLIFE In 1993, before SOMA officially became one of San Francisco's big art districts, 111 Minna Gallery opened for business on a quiet downtown backstreet. Eiming Jung, a young entrepreneurial student of rhetoric, had ambitious plans, "I had an idea for a rather unconventional gallery," recalls Jung on the eve of 111 Minna's 20th anniversary, "I wanted to support local artists but I also wanted to create an environment for the broader art community."Read more »

Where the art is

FALL ARTS: VISUAL ARTS The season's must-see gallery and museum shows

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FALL ARTS If advance schedules and press releases are any indication, this fall we'll see a resurgence of nuanced, informed abstract painting in galleries around the Bay Area. Thoughtful formalist and abstract painting is always percolating somewhere beneath the flashier strata of the art world, and I'm heartened to see the number of galleries prepping shows that allow it some spotlight.Read more »

Drawn together

CCA launches a masters program in comics

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CAREERS AND ED Longtime Bay Area comics superhero Justin Hall basically wrote the textbook on LGBT comics-as-artform (No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Fantagraphics, 2011) and just came back from a trip to Southeast Asia, where he taught Buddhist monks to express themselves via comic strips.Read more »

Fair play

Notable locals at this year's big artMKT and ArtPadSF shows

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VISUAL ART It's art fair time again. Last year there were three, this year there are only two, though it looks like artMRKT, which is taking over now defunct SF Fine Art Fair's slot at Fort Mason, has pretty much absorbed the former's area galleries. ArtPadSF, the more festive of the two fairs, will again be renting out all the rooms at the Tenderloin's Phoenix hotel. (Both fairs run Thu/16-Sun/19). I can't help but wonder, will there be synchronized swimming again in the pool this year?Read more »

Let it all out

Shout! fosters artistic expression for female veterans

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VISUAL ART Dottie Guy had a difficult time in 2006. In addition to the death of her grandfather, she was recovering from surgery for an injury to her ankle and foot that she had sustained on duty in Iraq. She started taking pictures as motivation to walk around and to reclaim a sense of purpose.Read more »

Free expression

Taking in John Millei's unguarded new paintings — plus a guide to open studios

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VISUAL ART Los Angeles painter John Millei is mostly known for muscular abstraction writ large, either because he usually applies his cerebral mark making to wall size paintings, or because he produces works in very large series.Read more »

Every night is teen night

YBCA Young Artists at Work inspire — and are probably smarter than you

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VISUAL ART What if every artistic high schooler were taken aside and taught how to write a grant proposal? At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the world would be a different place if every young person with a spark had the tools and know-how to fund their work. Or if nothing else, the gallery scene would be a hell of a lot more interesting.Read more »

Three for the road

Garry Winogrand, Lebbeus Woods, and Christian Marclay at SFMOMA

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VISUAL ART Traveling juggernaut Christian Marclay: The Clock touches down at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week for the latest stop along its endless summer tour of major world museums.Read more »

The unheard music

Artists draw inspiration from John Cage for 'Silence'

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VISUAL ART "Silence," the large new thematic show at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, might have been titled in the plural, since it approaches silence from various angles phenomenological, political, and cultural. Co-curated by BAM/PFA and the Menil Collection, "Silence" takes its inspiration from one of the most famous 20th-century artworks in any medium, John Cage's 4'33" (1952).Read more »