SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES OPENINGS
FIRST THURSDAY - 11.06.14 - Part I
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John Berggruen Gallery: Robert Kelly - New Paintings.
Comment by AB: Robert Kelly carries on the tradition of geometric abstraction and before that, Bauhaus and de Stijl, and before that, Russian Constructivism, Suprematism, Malevich and the like. It's new and old at the exact same time. Well done; check it out.
Art by Robert Kelly at John Berggruen Gallery.
Robert Kelly and his art at John Berggruen Gallery.
Art by Robert Kelly.
Dolby Chadwick Gallery: Udo Nöger - Beyond.
Comment by AB: The rather magniloquent show statement intimates that Udo Nöger's art may possibly contain the answers to absolutely every question mankind could ever ask. All you have to do is look. Now I don't know about any of that, but I do happen to think it's just plain good art. Is that enough? It is for me.
Art by Udo Nöger at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
Art by Udo Nöger.
Udo Nöger at his Dolby Chadwick art show.
Art by Udo Nöger.
Hespe Gallery: Hiroshi Sato - Windows and Doors.
Comment by AB: Intimate glimpses of quiet time in the lives of others.
Art by Hiroshi Sato at Hespe Gallery.
Art by Hiroshi Sato.
Hiroshi Sato and his art at Hespe Gallery.
Attendance figures - Hiroshi Sato art show at Hespe Gallery.
Haines Gallery: Binh Danh - This, then, is San Francisco; Kota Ezawa - The Aesthetics of Silence.
Comment by AB: Ghostly daguerreotypes by Bin Danh picture San Francisco in ways that allow viewers to experience The City today, but with atmospherics more typical of yesteryear. I've seen a fair number of early SF photographs, and am thinking some of these might additionally duplicate/update known images of the past by having been photographed from the same vantage points as their predecessors. Also on display, Kota Ezawa's reductive black and white and backlit portraits are transmogrifications of photographs of influential modern artists of the past.Excellent show on both counts.
Lightbox photography by Kota Ezawa at Haines Gallery.
Backside of art in above image.
Hyper-muted photographic portraits by Kota Ezawa.
Art in above image closer.
Animated video playing on a free-hanging screen in the back room.
San Francisco daguerreotype by Binh Danh.
Binh Danh chats up the fan base at Haines Gallery.
Daguerreotypes by Binh Danh.
Daguerreotype of San Francisso by Binh Danh.
San Francisco daguerreotypes by Binh Danh.
Gregory Lind Gallery: Don Voisine and Cary Smith.
Comment by AB: Two East Coast artists share their perspectives on geometric abstraction. Painting with deliberateness and precision is what makes this art worth seeing and appreciating.
Art by Cary Smith at Gregory Lind Gallery.
Cary Smith art.
Don Voisine and his art at Gregory Lind Gallery.
Art by Don Voisine.
Pinkie cam detail of precision art by Don Voisine above.
Demographic sample - Don Voisine and Cary Smith art at Gregory Lind Gallery.
One more-- Oriane Stender & Don Voisine.
Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery: John McCormick.
Comment by AB: Placid country landscapes and farmscapes are sure to take the edge off at the end of a stressful day.
Art by John McCormick at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.
John McCormick and his art.
Art by John McCormick.
Playing field - John McCormick art show at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.
Fraenkel Gallery: Robert Adams - A Road Through Shore Pine.
Comment by AB: This extensive survey exhibition focuses on the distinguished career of Robert Adams including 18 photographs taken in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon in 2013 that are being shown in public for the very first time. The exhibit also celebrates all of the books and surveys that have been written about Adams over the past 45 years.
Photography by Robert Adams at Fraenkel Gallery.
Robert Adams photographs.
The complete books that have been published about Robert Adams.
Photographs by Robert Adams.
The basic idea - Robert Adams photography show at Fraenkel Gallery.
Altman Siegel Gallery: An Overture - Zarouhie Abdalian.
Comment by AB: Zarouhie Abdalian pares down various aspects of environments about as far as one conceivably can regardless of whether they're manmade, natural or mind-made.
Art by Zarouhie Abdalian at Altman Siegel Gallery.
Zarouhie Abdalian at her Altman Siegel Gallery art show.
Art by Zarouhie Abdalian in top image closer.
Zarouhie Abdalian art/installation.
Burkina Faso photography by David Pace at Corden Potts Gallery.
Rural Burkina Faso market portrait in above image closer by David Pace.
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