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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Andy Goldsworthy <i>Spire</i> Is a Natural (Art) Wonder

Tourism for Locals: Andy Goldsworthy Spire Is a Natural (Art) Wonder

Every major city in the world has some sort of nickname attached to it to characterizes its aura. Paris is the City of Love and Lights. New York is the City that never Sleeps. And while San Francisco is…
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Film, "Breathing Earth": Art on the Winds

"Breathing Earth": Art on the Winds

What makes German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer a true poet of the enviro-doc form is that subject selection comes so naturally to him, in the sense that nature itself always is his subject. Riedelsheimer profiles artists whose profound affinities with the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Natural Chaos

Natural Chaos

Andy Goldsworthy paints with time, patiently constructing ephemera that rises to the peak of its beauty and vitality at the very moment entropy takes hold and decay sets in. Whether it is a string of autumn leaves trapped in…
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Music, All Shook Down Hard French Season Finale, Indie Mart, Kitsch & Fuzzz, Bookfest 2010, and More

Hard French Season Finale, Indie Mart, Kitsch & Fuzzz, Bookfest 2010, and More

Still covered in orange and black tickertape from the Giants parade? Got a hangover from all the revelry? Don't stop believing S.F., hang on to that feeling. You can keep the party going through the weekend with these cheap local…
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Calendar, Night&Day Earth Shaking

Earth Shaking

Andy Goldsworthy's art swings between two poles: big, permanent exhibits in museums and parks, which can withstand a good blast; and delicate, temporary works in unmolested nature, which succumb to a stiff breeze. We confess to leaning toward the fragile…
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Calendar, Night&Day Animal Style

Animal Style

The success of Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire means we get more outdoor art in the Presidio. Yes! Nevada City–based art group For Site (“art about place”), emboldened by the crush of people who come to see Goldsworthy’s poignant pile of sticks,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Green Giant

Green Giant

If you get the chance, it’s best to see Andy Goldsworthy’s art in the field, far from manmade obstructions. In San Francisco, we rarely get the chance: His famous crack in Golden Gate Park is thought-provoking, but it’s covered by…
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Culture, Artcap

"Ways and Means": SFAI Group Show

How do emerging artists emerge? By any means necessary, including renting a building downtown and holding a great big party — which is what 24 master's candidates at San Francisco Art Institute have done. From April 18 until May 2,…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Rock Artist

Rock Artist

ONGOING 10/14-11/26 Last week I saw a cloud shaped exactly like a string of cartoon waves, with razor-sharp edges and pointed peaks, looming over the Bay Bridge. My first idea -- to snap a picture and sell it to a…
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