Visual Art

The yellow wallpaper

Hairy Eyeball: A haunting we will go -- at triple Base and Swarm Gallery

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The curve of the lens

PHOTO ISSUE: An ode to the beauty of the boudoir photographer

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PHOTO ISSUE It wasn't until Julian ArtPorn (www.ArtPorn.com) was taping the back hem of my red and white polka dot dress up over the seat of my Nishiki road bike that I realized the Coppertone dog-girl duo of yore is, in fact, one of our most visible illustrative renditions of boudoir photography. Then, my derriere suitably exposed to his basement studio — the most revealing shot of our session — and he had arranged my hips just so, and coached me on the appropriate pin up "surprised" face, ArtPorn resumed with the flash bulbs.Read more »

According to Matthew

Hairy Eyeball: Frustrating, seductive -- Matthew Barney's epic Cremaster cycle comes to the Roxie

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It is an understatement to say that the work of Matthew Barney elicits strong reactions. Critics have alternately hailed him as "the most important American artist of his generation" (that's the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman) and complained of his art's Wagnerian grandiosity, needless inscrutability, pretentiousness, and icy perfection ("loveless" was one of the words the San Francisco Chronicle's Kenneth Baker used to describe "Drawing Restraint 9," Barney's 2006 show at SFMOMA).Read more »

Against nostalgia

The spirit mediums of "Hauntology" carefully conjure the living presence of the past

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Group think

Hairy Eyeball: Current exhibition "They Knew What They Wanted" invades four different SF galleries

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Dizzy dazzle

The enormous and impressive Fisher Collection finds a public home at SFMOMA

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ART Let's start with the obvious: the massive art collection of Gap Inc. founders Doris and the late Don Fisher is by far one of the largest and most significant windfalls SFMOMA has received in its 75-year history. More important, the collection — which had primarily been viewable throughout the Gap's SF headquarters only by company employees and visiting tour groups — is finally being made accessible to the general public.Read more »

Free art school

Steal this art education with the Pickpocket Almanack

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Yes, it is summer. And yes, you look great in your tankini chewing ice cream and leathering your face. I am aware that school is out of session and out of fashion. And I know the institutional dinosaurs in tweed make you sneeze. But school is cool again — or at least it's not as stale and stubborn as it once was.Read more »

The people's court

Hairy Eyeball: Static and strange solace in "Occupy the Empty" and "3+3"

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HAIRY EYEBALL Amanda Curreri wants you. Like the open-ended phrasing of its title, "Occupy the Empty," Curreri's second solo show at Ping Pong Gallery is both a basic statement of what an artist does within an exhibition space and a call to action soliciting the viewer to step in, step up, and take a stand. Or perhaps the phrase should be "take the stand," since, as the artist explained to me during a recent gallery visit, the arrangement of the installation's components roughly mirrors the layout of a courtroom. Read more »

Dear John

John Waters' gallery show is all flash. Plus: James Gobel's fantasy yarns

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HAIRY EYEBALL What does it mean to call John Waters' art "bad"? The question is hard to shake while surveying "Rush," the filmmaker and part-time San Francisco resident's fourth show at Rena Bransten Gallery. It's tricky with Waters, whose creative practice has always exulted in its bad taste. He would probably respond to my query with a knowing smile.Read more »

Whirl trade center

Artist Fahamu Pecou builds something from the nothing of current of hip-hop

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