Visual Art

360-degrees "Muralismo"

Streets of San Francisco: Mission meets de Young in a street-art whirl of hype and promise

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STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO In the late 1960s, when the muralismo movement began gaining strength among artists and community organizers in the Mission District, or in the 1970s when pioneer female street artists Mujeres Muralistas first picked up their brushes to trick out Balmy Alley, they probably weren't thinking about the de Young Museum and slick coffee table books.Read more »

Pickles and Web sites

Streets of San Francisco: Eco-superhero Zoey Kroll connects dirt with technology to bring life to the street

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By Margaret Tedesco

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STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO Zoey Kroll does a lot of things to bring life to the streets of the city. One of her current projects is a hands-on workshop on photography and social media. It takes place twice a week this month at the 2.2 acre outdoor photo studio of Hayes Valley Farm. Kroll plans for some of the upcoming workshops to have a theme that compliments this article. Read all about it.

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All the young Turks

Welcome to Hairy Eyeball, a bimonthly rundown of visual art

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HAIRY EYEBALL Welcome to Hairy Eyeball, a bimonthly rundown of visual art. We don't aim to be comprehensive, just opinionated. First Thursday is tomorrow, so enough with the introductions. On with the shows.Read more »

The vision thing

New ways of seeing and the presence of Morris Graves
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The O word

Dark versus light and soot versus cute in the art of James Castle
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Believe it!

Don't say house. It's an empire — Granny's Empire of Art

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VISUAL ART What would you do if you had been born with a treasure chest? This is a real-life Pippi Longstocking-tale: Jaina Bee is a quirky lady who sports a pink glam crewtop, was raised with minimal parental interference, and is undeniably devoted to her friends. Like Pippi, she was given a suitcase full of gold coins and owns a home.

Thirteen years ago, when Jaina Bee was in her late 20s, she purchased her Potrero Hill property with a vague vision of creating a collaborative-art utopia.Read more »

Inspirationstitute

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I don't do regrets, but I do wish that I'd arrived in San Francisco early enough to catch more than the hot tail end of the Popstitute years. (A show of Popstitute-related archival objets d'art is on display at Goteblud starting Sat27.) In another way, though, the Popstitute era continues, perhaps more forcefully, now. Read more »

Trapped in the museum

From R. Kelly to petroleum jelly — our picks from the SFMOMA's 75th anniversary show

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VISUAL ART Have you heard? SFMOMA turned 75. There is a lot to take in across the museum's related exhibits, from the "Anniversary Show" centerpiece to the small retrospectives devoted to specific artists that SFMOMA has fostered relationships with over the years. While everything is certainly worth a gander, below are some pieces worth more than your while.

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Cities and memory

Ahmet Ögüt constructs a utopia from sites of terrorism

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Miami plays itself

Art Basel, part two: Faux-favelas and real degradation
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ESSAY On opening night of Art Basel, N. Miami Avenue was a sort of Potemkin museum, every storefront packed with art, free wine and cheese, and the usually sleepy street clogged with taxis and limos. Ordinarily no one walks in muggy Miami, but tonight the cracked and littered sidewalks were deep with art patrons dressed in their Midtown Manhattan finery, looking out of place, as if passengers on a private jet that had made an emergency landing on a tropical Caribbean island. Wynwood is an area hard-hit by foreclosures. Up and down N. Read more »