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Four Art Shows to See Before Summer End

E. Dale Erickson, "Wisconsin Lake", 2010, oil on canvas, 27" x 35"

These vibrant shows are bound to fire your imagination during the final weeks of summer.

Slumdog Millionaire-esque "Dystopia Chic" at the Robert Koch Gallery

We ducked into 49 Geary at lunchtime today—having missed First Thursday, for, like, the millionth month in a row—and had time to hit one gallery, Robert Koch. (We'll be reporting from more in days to come...) We have a bit of a weakness for photography, and for big color prints of massively detailed images in particular and, even more specifically, for Edward Burtynsky's lush yet grim scenes from the shipbreaking beaches of Bangladesh. Imagine our joy, then, to discover we'd wandered into "Dystopia," a group show at Koch that features, among a slew of cool photos, a Burtynsky diptych.

Irana Douer at Rare Device

Headed to the Mission for cocktails on Saturday night?  Then you better make a pit stop at Rare Device, which will be hosting Argentinian illustrator and painter Irana Douer's first-ever U.S. solo show, Hidden Treasures.  Douer creates very vibrant and colorful portraits of women that look angelic at first, but after a closer look the ladies seem to be hiding something.  The artist "is interested in how relationships, particular situations, or even ordinary things can affect a woman's life.  Hidden Treasures... explore(s) what's hidden, different and mysterious."  Saturday from 7 to 9p.m.

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