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Three Art Galleries to Visit This Week

Artists, collectors, curators and gallery owners are flocking to Art Basel in Miami this week. But, for those of you sticking around town, check out the inaugural show at CULT, a contemporary gallery founded by curator and performance artist Aimee Friberg, and two other intriguing exhibits. 

Allen Ginsberg's Photographs On View at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Allen Ginsberg, Myself seen by William Burroughs

For all its contributions to literature, the Beat generation of artists is above all known for its lifestyle–the addled, erotic, for-the-moment mania that blasted the foundations of conservative 1950s America and paved the way for full-fledged counterculture movements in cities like San Francisco and New York.

artMRKT and ArtPadSF: The Must-See Booths

The Phoenix Hotel

Attempt to hit all seventy booths at this year's artMRKT (May 16 - 19) in Fort Mason Center, and you're going to stagger out bleary eyed and capable of remembering maybe the first three things you saw.

Four New Art Shows Explore Civilization and Decay

Robert Minervini, "As the Wick Burns," 2013

Four stellar art shows this week showcase two distinctive sensibilities: A meditation on decay, and an affirmation of civilization.

Eight Gallery Shows to Catch Before the Art Fairs Hit

Michael Jang; "At Home with the Jangs," 1973

As though to prepare us for the upcoming art onslaught that is ArtPad SF and ArtMRKT, an unusually great number of galleries open their doors this week with new shows. As always, the work is as diverse as it is intriguing. We've sifted through the lot; here are our top eight recommendations.

Four Galleries to Visit This Week

Skewville; "3 Hour Lunch (Side A)"

Brooklyn duo Skewville bring their "urban playground" aesthetic to White Walls, Corden Potts shows Michael Crouser's famed bullfighting series, and two other galleries reach milestones worth celebrating. Stop in. 

Springtime for Art: Four Gallery Shows to See

Markus Linnenbrink, "Wegotnow"

It certainly feels like spring in the SF art world this week, with internationally renowned color fiend Markus Linnenbrink showing a brilliant batch of new work at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, and big-league art dealer George Krevsky hosting his annual tribute to the start of baseball season.

Four New Art Exhibitions for the Curious Viewer

Daniel Cronin, The Gathering of the Juggalos

Christian Marclay's lesser known photography bent, a full-scale house of cardboard, unpredictable robotic sculptures and a sustained look at The Gathering of the Juggalos are all on the art agenda for this week. Curiosity? It's most certainly piqued.

America, Observed: Garry Winogrand's Show Opens at SFMOMA

Garry Winogrand, Coney Island, New York

“I feel like the world is a place I bought a ticket to,” the photographer Garry Winogrand is quoted saying in Garry Winogrand, now at SFMOMA. This unprecedentedly comprehensive exhibition, consisting of hundreds of snapshot photographs taken between the early 1950s and the time of the prolific artist’s early death in 1984, offers viewers a ringside seat to the unique spectacle of American society as it mutated over the course of those incredible decades–an opportunity not to be passed up.

Ink, Flowers, Time, Text: Four Gallery Shows This Week

Nancy Chan, "Kady", 2006

Four gallery exhibitions stand out this week; they present work in ink, of flowers, about time and wielding text. Of course, these single-word summations are grand oversimplifications that barely scratch the surface of how the eight artists in the Chinese Cultural Center's Moment for Ink breathe new, contemporary and even non-Chinese life into a traditional medium, or how Canadian painter Graham Gillmore's phrasing achieves such controversial edge. For that, read on, then see the shows yourself.

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