SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES OPENINGS
FIRST THURSDAY - 08.01.13
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John Berggruen Gallery: Summer Show 2013.
Artists: Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Mark di Suvero, Wayne Gonzales, Callum Innes, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama, Julie Mehretu, Richard Misrach, Martin Puryear, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Wayne Thiebaud.
Comment by AB: Summer show highlights include a 1959 Bay Area Figurative classic by David Park, an oversized John Baldessari mixed media piece, two Martin Puryear bronzes, a 1972 still-life of a hat by Wayne Thiebaud, a colorful set of woodcuts by Donald Judd... and quite a bit more. Stop on by.
Art by Mark di Suvero at John Berggruen gallery.
Solo chapeau art by Wayne Thiebaud.
Wall of art by John Baldessari.
Art by John Baldessari (left) - Martin Puryear (right).
Art by David Park.
Art by Ed Ruscha (left) - Doug Aitken (right).
Art by Callum Innes (left) - Donald Judd (right).
Setting - group show at John Berggruen Gallery (Richard Misrach photo, center).
Hespe Gallery: Hiroshi Sato - From Dissonance.
Comment by AB: There's something special about those solitary walks along the shore-- a time to leave the daily drudge behind and let grandeur work its magic.
Art by Hiroshi Sato at Hespe Gallery.
Coastal scene art by Hiroshi Sato.
Hiroshi Sato and his art in above image closer.
Art by Hiroshi Sato.
Attendance figures - Hiroshi Sato art show at Hespe Gallery.
Toomey Tourell Fine Art: Lisa Bartleson - Slow Reveal.
Comment by AB: Lisa Bartleson cuts, configures and pastes myriad squares of perfectly brushed opalescent paint into glimmering mantric vortices, and then coats the finished compositions with hi-gloss acrylic to accentuate the effects.
Art by Lisa Bartleson at Toomey Tourell Fine Art.
Pinkie cam detail of art in above image.
Lisa Bartleson and her art at Toomey Tourell Gallery.
Art by Lisa Bartleson closer.
Lisa Bartleson art.
Ambiance - Lisa Bartleson art show at Toomey Tourell Gallery.
Corden Potts Gallery: Summer Portfolio.
Photographers: Jeri Eisenberg, Susan Friedman, Elisabeth Sunday.
Comment by AB: Gorgeous horse portraits by Susan Friedman, exaggerated images of African women by Elisabeth Sunday, and plant form photograms by Jeri Eisenberg that resemble antique Chinese scrolls.
Equine photography by Susan Friedman at Corden Potts Gallery.
Susan Friedman and her photograph.
Photographs by Elisabeth Sunday.
Jeri Eisenberg photograms.
Photogram by Jeri Eisenberg.
Relative density - group photography show at Corden Potts Gallery.
Hang Art: Front Lines.
Artists: Giselle Gautreau, Erin Mitchell, Ellen Yetvin-Haven.
Comment by AB: The show's title has to do with the struggle of emerging artists to present their creative perspectives in compelling enough ways to convince the public that not only do they deserve attention, but even more so, acceptance for the significance, relevancy and import of their endeavors.
Art by Giselle Gautreau (left) - Ellen Yetvin-Haven (right) at Hang Art.
Art by Giselle Gautreau (left) - Ellen Yetvin-Haven (right).
Giselle Gautreau art closer.
Art by Erin Mitchell (left & right) - Ellen Yetvin-Haven (center).
Audience - Giselle Gautreau, Erin Mitchell & Ellen Yetvin-Haven at Hang Art.
Spoke Art Gallery: The Pinks - Scott Scheidly.
Comment by AB: In a selection process that would surely confound Confucius, Florida artist Scott Scheidly diddles with masculinity by pinking up everyone from pop icons and political figures to history's most notorious despots in a series of stunningly effeminate characterizations. Unique perspectives, to be sure. Worth a visit. For those of you keeping score at home, the show's sold out.
Art by Scott Scheidly at Spoke Art Gallery.
Art by Scott Scheidly closer.
Scott Scheidly and his art at Spoke Art Gallery.
Pink portraiture by Scott Scheidly.
Art by Scott Scheidly closer.
Effeminate weaponry by Scott Scheidly.
Ramon's Tailor: Exported Dreams, Imported Desires - Elisabeth Ajtay.
Comment by AB: Elisabeth Ajtay essays on growing up in Eastern Europe and her eventual immigration to America. Her art and installation stars Donald Duck, a favorite childhood symbol for what she believed to be the Land of Opportunity. Also on the docket is a pedestal with peep holes for your nose, a floor papered in advertisements for the trappings of material culture, and more.
Donald Duck as symbol of America by Elisabeth Ajtay at Ramon's Tailor.
Donald Duck art closer by Elisabeth Ajtay.
Olfactory pedestal - art by Elisabeth Ajtay.
Pinkie cam detail of pedestal in above image - in each hole, a different smell.
Installation by Elisabeth Ajtay.
Out front - Elisabeth Ajtay art show at Ramon's Tailor.
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