Anthony Meier, de Young Museum, Lisa Dent, Mina Dresden, The LAB, Femina Potens, Modern Past, Park Life - San Francisco Art Events: September 28, 2007


SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES - OPENINGS
ANTHONY MEIER - LISA DENT
MINA DRESDEN - THE LAB - DE YOUNG MUSEUM
FEMINA POTENS - MODERN PAST - PARK LIFE
WITH ASSISTANCE FROM JAN WURM
09.28.07

Anthony Meier Fine Arts: Gary Simmons.

Comment: In a dynamic forceful homage to modernist architect Philip Johnson, New York artist Gary Simmons presents artistic renditions of five of Johnson's more controversial buildings. According to the fact sheet, there's something singular about Simmons's process-- how he applies the paint-- but no elaboration on the details, so I'll have to get up to speed when I can. In the meantime, the motion-charged works in the show, remarkably vital and energized, verge on maelstrom. Prices top at around $80K.

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Lisa Dent Gallery: Candice Lin - Sicknesses of the Spirit.

Comment: Putting recent rumors to rest regarding the fate of Lisa Dent Gallery, Lisa Dent as well as her gallery remain in San Francisco, having relocated to a tony corner apartment space directly across Sacramento Street from Lafayette Park in Pac Heights. Tonight's grand re-opening features what you might call an early Halloween treat-- meticulous graphite and wash drawings by Candice Lin transiting the dark queasy uneasy pecularities of life.

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Mina Dresden Gallery: Terri McFarland - New Landscapes.

Comment: Terri McFarland rolls back landscapes and coastal scenes to bare bones basics, eliminating those pesky details, rendering land and water and sky into expansive fields of color.

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The LAB: Look Forward to Seeing It - The Discipline of Anticipation.

Artists: Alexis Amann, Donna Anderson Kam, Richard Barlow, Kevin Bell, Jessica Dacher, Morten Dysgaard, Nadiah Fellah, David Grainger, Richard Haley, Bradley Hyppa, Patricia K. Kelly, Terry Mason, Carrie Minikel, Kate Moore, Lisa Patzer.

Comment: This is the LAB's second annual juried exhibition, and a tasty one at that. So I'm perusing the poop sheet when I stumble upon this little gem-- "The situation of the artist in America is not one in which the public is hostile to contemporary art, so much as it is unengaged with it." OK. So who's fault is that? I don't know of any product anywhere that is presented with as little "public assistance" as art. It's like artists go, "Here's my art. You do the rest." And the public passes right on by. Meanwhile back at the show, wanna help ID artists? Please email me.

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Cased sweaty sweat socks atop a refrigeration unit art.

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"Last Supper" parody art.

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de Young Museum: The Photography of David Seymour (19111956).

Review by Jan Wurm: An exhibition of striking photographs documenting war and earthquake and beauty of spirit holds the viewer suspended in the humanistic rendering of survival.

This is the final exhibition for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curated by retiring Curator Emeritus Robert Flynn Johnson. Those attending tonight's Curator walk-through also have the opportunity to meet Ben Shneiderman, nephew of David Seymour, who has generously donated all 70 works in the exhibition to the Museum's Achenbach Graphic Arts Collection.

(Photographs courtesy of Georg Gottschalk.)

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Robert Flynn Johnson Curator walk-through.

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Femina Potens Gallery: Daddies and Dykes - Photography by Midori, Lee Harrington, Julie Simone.

Comment: The show is in conjunction with the Folsom Street Fair. Need I say more? Cherry new location for Femina Potens, by the way-- from alley to avenue.

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Modern Past Gallery: W. Wesley Buckingham - Mercurial.

Comment: Abstract digital prints by W. Wesley Buckingham kinda remind me of a Sixties light show. I'm not sure whether they're photographic or entirely digitally composed. Modern Past Gallery, is located directly above Modern Past, a store specializing in vintage furniture and decorative arts primarily of the sixties and seventies.

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Park Life: Weathered Worlds.

Artists: Kyle Lee, Marina Luz, Hilary Pecis, Zach Rossman.

Comment: Brief glimpses into curious realities, mainly drawings, mainly skilled, all affordably priced. Of note, Marina Luz presents a number of small format works in the style of Victorian-era photographs, then houses them in her personal versions of antique display cases.

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