Visual Art

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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100 photos in search of an exhibit

Hairy Eyeball: Uncanniness, courtesy of Daniel Nicoletta, Keira Kotler, "The Candy Store," "Furthermore," and more
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HAIRY EYEBALL "Furthermore" implies that one is not quite finished. There is more elaboration to come, or another point entirely will be addressed. It signals that what the speaker may have fully thought through has not yet been fully stated. Read more »

Something is missing

Hairy Eyeball: Louise Bourgeois, Matt Furie, and Jay Howell fill in some gaps

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Mama's goin' strong. Mama's movin' on. Mama's all alone. Mama doesn't care. Mama? Ma-ma-ma-mama? Mama's very alone (not to mention a bloody mess) in Louise Bourgeois' "Mother and Child," the nonagenarian artist's fifth exhibit at Gallery Paule Anglim.Read more »

Eyes of the city

Streets of San Francisco: The cameras of Caliber capture SF in action

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STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO Two packs of beer, five cameras, and a ridiculous amount of camera equipment are hauled up the narrow staircase and onto the Guardian's sunny rooftop on Potrero Hill. The four members of Caliber, a talented group of Bay Area photographers, immediately strap on their cameras and secure their lenses.Read more »