Category Archives: painting

Sexxxitecture at CULT, for Frieze Magazine

MAX MASLANSKY, Interior Storybook (Queen bed), 2014, Acrylic on bed sheet, 80×60 inches   When you attend a show titled ‘Sexxxitecture’, you know both what to look for and the danger of projecting too much onto what you see. Purporting … Continue reading

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J.M.W. Turner, the Sublime, and Me. For Hyperallergic

   “You don’t experience the sublime looking through double glazing, or at a distant electric storm, or watching a sea rage on TV,” wrote AA Gill in The Golden Door: Letters to America. … and yet you can, when viewing a … Continue reading

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George Bellows at the Royal Academy of Art, Art Practical

The American painter George Bellows is widely remembered for his early masterpiece, Stag at Sharkey’s (1909), a painting that represents a particularly American moment in art (one cannot imagine a French movement calling itself the “Ashcan School” ). Its depiction of a casual, … Continue reading

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Maxfield Parrish’s “The Pied Piper”

Sigh. The Palace Hotel has removed the famed Maxfield Parrish painting, The Pied Piper, from its home and original setting, Maxfield’s (the main bar’s appropriate name). They estimate its worth between $3- and $5 million, will sell it at auction … Continue reading

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I chatted with artist Michael Brennan for Zyzzyva.

If you’ve dined at any number of swanky Bay Area establishments, you might have unwittingly enjoyed your meal in a restaurant designed by one of the few people who is as well known and well respected for his fine art … Continue reading

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Masters of Venice at the De Young, Art Practical

Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power, composed of work on loan from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, provides a small but potent display of both the flights of inspiration and technical advancements that made fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice an … Continue reading

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I had problems with Asian Art Museum’s (and V&A’s) Maharaja show, SF Weekly

Any exhibition on the wealth of a nation’s royal class is an exhibition of the inflated amour-propre of men with money and armies at their beck. Well-fed bluebloods wrap themselves in theater curtains, pile on the baubles, and commission royal portraits for … Continue reading

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“Illusions of Grandeur” at 111 Minna Gallery, Art Practical

Illusions of Grandeur, at 111 Minna Gallery, showcased the abstract and Surrealist-inspired work of two local painters, NoMe Edonna and Lee Harvey Roswell. Both self-taught, each artist possesses an eye for composition and favors bold colors, as exhibited by the … Continue reading

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Notes from an Extended Art Crawl, SF Weekly

                    August is the month when most of the world goes on vacation and makes you feel a bit of a chump for staying put in a dubious staycation in the … Continue reading

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My review of Scott Yeskel’s “Mapping California” in the San Francisco Examiner

Painter Scott Yeskel’s exhibit at Jack Fischer Gallery is titled “Mapping California,” but it could as aptly be named “Leaving California” or “EscapingCalifornia.” It is not a pervasive view of California he depicts. He ignores the wealthy enclaves of Hollywood … Continue reading

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