Visual Art

Saving Yosemite

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Long before Teddy Roosevelt and Ansel Adams swooned at the beauty of the place, ex-49er and early photographer Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) captured monumental Yosemite Valley for the public's eyes. His stunning 1860s wet-plate negative photos — on view at Stanford's Cantor Arts Gallery April 23-Aug. Read more »

Art is hard

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: It's up to our artists to save the Bay Area from becoming like everywhere else -- if they can hang in there. Hang in there!

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marke@sfbg.com

It's gotten so that I'm terrified of my own Facebook. Every time I refresh, it seems another artist is leaving the city. Last month alone it was two drag queens, a photographer, a painter, a couple writers, a gaggle of DJs, a singer. And actors, always actors. There have been fabulous farewell parties or simply abrupt messages. "I just bought a house in Austin." "Think I'm gonna love Seattle." "Chicago's where my head's at now." "Any hookups with Bushwick collectives?"Read more »

Curating the city

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: Gallery evictions signal a major shift in the art world, with the technology boom serving as the problem and its potential solution

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Geary Boulevard runs almost the entire length of San Francisco, beginning in the middle of the Financial District, at the historic Lotta's Fountain. Along the first few blocks of one of the city's longest streets — amid a bustling community of corporate offices, luxury boutiques, and specialty coffee houses — the city oldest established art galleries have thrived. But that's changing.Read more »

Yesterday, today, and Tomorrow

Cartoonist Dan Perkins reflects on 25 years of 'This Modern World'

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VISUAL ART Tom Tomorrow's real name is Dan Perkins. This is important information if you ever happen to call him up, because you will have to squelch the urge to blurt out "Hi, Tom!" when he answers the phone.Read more »

Goldies 2014 Visual Art: Michelle Ramin

Up from Etsy, and beyond the masks we paint with social media

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GOLDIES The San Francisco Art Institute's landmark 2012 MFA exhibition sprawled through the kitschy Phoenix Hotel in the Tenderloin, partnering artists with often radically different styles in each room. Seen from one angle, it hilariously replicated one particular nostalgia-inducing area of the Internet: bright and noisy chatrooms, overflowing with random strangers, streaming with argument, affinity, and information overload.Read more »

The secret life of Sylvia Fein

The 94-year-old painter comes to terms with her surreality in a new retrospective

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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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marke@sfbg.com

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 »