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Our Top 7 Art Picks

Charlie Callahan
Artwork by Charlie Callahan; courtesy Receiver Gallery

Tune in on first Friday's for the Hot List's top 7 gallery openings and art events of the month.

1.  "Erotic Art" sneaks an NC-17 peak at the otherwise romantic themes of Valentine’s Day with salacious photography, painting and live performance at the City Art Cooperative Gallery. Opening reception February 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
City Art  828 Valencia St., 415-970-9900.

2.  Local artist Charlie Callahan re-contextualizes debris and found objects in his solo show "See 4 Sail." Opening reception Saturday, February 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Receiver Gallery 1415 Valencia St., 415-550-RCVR.

3.  Michigan artist Matt Gordon brings his slightly macabre, creature-filled paintings to SF in a solo show called "Vegetable." Opening reception Thursday, February 7 at 5 p.m.
RVCA 1485 Haight St. 415-701-7822.

4.  SF painter Micah LeBrun presents dark new reflections on the war in Iraq in "Harmonic Silence." Opening reception Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m.
Minna Gallery 111 Minna St., 415-974-1719

5.  The de Young celebrates the opening of "Gilbert & George," a photo retrospective of the European performance artists that made a career of putting themselves into their art. The free opening features DJ Kristen Rice, a spoken word performance from Jello Biafra, live music from Penelope Houston and more. Opening celebration February 15 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
de Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 415-863-3330.

6.  More than 50 artists will contribute to "Printed Matter 3," a show dedicated to all manner of print art—including silk-screened designs, woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and more. Opening reception Saturday, February 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Giant Robot 618 Shrader St., 415-876-4773.

7.  Southern Exposure presents the 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally at Club Verdi. Over 130 artists create and sell one of a kind work on site and raise funds for Southern Exposure’s exhibitions and Artists in Education Programs. Friday, February 22 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Southern Exposure 2424 Mariposa St., 415-861-9199.