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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.

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.

Five Exhibitions of Local and European Artists Open This Week

Jason Hanasik

This week's art openings within the gallery circuit and the San Francisco Arts Commission showcase local and international artists alike, in places prompting conversation between them.

Five Gallery Shows Featuring Emerging, Established and Historical Artists

Saburo Murakami; "Passing through", 1956; courtesy Ashiya City Museum of Art and

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.

Four SF Art Exhibitions in Usual and Unusual Places

Adam Friedman, "Space & Time"

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.

Four Exceptional Gallery Exhibitions to Visit This Week

Dorothea Tanning Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera)

Need an art fix to kick off the new year? Step right this way.

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