New galleries and emerging artists show work in SoMa, while the San Francisco Art Institute brings Gutai, an incredibly cool but underrecognized Japanese postwar artist collective, into dialogue with the present. Motorcycling and mud wrestling performances are on the agenda this week; don't miss out.
In search of great art, this week we're hopping between conventional exhibition spaces and some more unusual ones. Regular haunts like SFMOMA's Artists Gallery at Fort Mason and Eleanor Harwood Gallery are always solid bets, but the ground floor of City Hall and the Burritt Room + Tavern (which also happens to be one of our favorite watering holes) are showing work too, and commanding our attention with what they're hanging.
Fifteen years ago, CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts opened its doors to the public as an active center for showcasing modern, cutting-edge work meant to spark discussion and interaction. This month, the gallery space makes its big move from the city's Design District to a more prime location in Potrero Hill. Designed by architect Mark Jensen, the large, gymnasium-sized space features galleries and event space.
In just over a year, Google Art Project—an online program that makes art in all its forms accessible to art lovers worldwide—has amassed 151 partners across 40 countries. Check out the Mark Bradford show at SFMOMA and YBCA and then go online to see what pieces NYC's MOMA has. Or explore the Santiniketan Triptych in Delhi's National Gallery of Modern Art after walking the halls of SF's Asian Art Museum's "Maharaja" exhibit.
Calling all creative types: make your way to Fort Mason next weekend for a two-day extravaganza of art, music, design, film, and more. A partnership between VICE and Intel, The Creators Project has been attracting the art- and tech-savvy set all over the world—Beijing, Sao Paulo, Paris, Seoul, New York—and next weekend marks the first-ever San Francisco event. Now in its third year, it's about time the festival touched down in the country's most burgeoning epicenter of technology.
Fillmore art is something special to San Francisco. When I saw MGMT there in 2010, I was psyched to receive an iconic promotional poster as a souvenir. In my rock 'n' roll fantasy, the same would have happened at the Fillmore decades ago, but at a Jimi Hendrix show.
Here's an excerpt from a new Veterans Mural being painted in Shannon Alley between Jones and Taylor in the Tenderloin.
"And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again" - Thich Nhat Hanh.
On November 9, 7x7 welcomed members of the art and design communities and their ardent supporters to the prestigious McLoughlin Gallery near Union Square (49 Geary St.) to help launch the November 2011 issue. Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails from DonQ Rum and signature wines from The Hess Collection, and sampled tasty, whimsical bites from the recently-opened Trace restaurant in the W Hotel.
Tonight, Southern Exposure turns the idea of installation on its head. The arts organization unveils its latest exhibit, "Working Conditions," a process-based project in which nine artists bring their studios into SoEx's gallery space. For eight weeks, these artists will set up shop and keep regular hours, creating "installations" out of their work environments. No longer isolated in their own spaces, the artists are confronted with the experience of being in the public eye as they work, addressing the concept of artist as laborer.
Problem: You just moved into a new apartment and need to decorate its sad, bare walls (since your landlord won't let you paint them). You've been wanting to start your own personal art collection, but the high cost of entry has prevented you from breaking into the grown-up market.
Solution: Get it on the cheap. Take advantage of the affordable prices (works range from a hundred to a few thousand dollars) at Open Studios, and buy art straight off the artists' walls.
The 36th Annual Open Studios kicks off this weekend. From now through the end of October, you can stroll through more than 900 artists' spaces, get a feel for their working life, and support their craft (by buying a piece or maybe just signing up for their mailing list). Here, a sampling of 15 of the artists that stand out from the multi-talented pack.