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Culture, The Exhibitionist Someone Stole the Drug Users Union's Barry McGee-Painted Sign

Someone Stole the Drug Users Union's Barry McGee-Painted Sign

Barry McGee has achieved prominence. The South San Francisco native, educated at the San Francisco Art Institute and on the streets where he tagged and painted murals for most of the '90s, was the subject of a profile in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Is This Mission Energy?

Is This Mission Energy?

Despite its rapid gentrification, the Mission District continues to inspire artists to new heights, including in street art, but the neighborhood's most fertile period may have been the early 1990s, when a cavalcade of now-big names (Barry McGee, Chris…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go the F**k to This

Go the F**k to This

Love it or hate it, graffiti is here to stay. In recent years, graffiti artists such as Shepard Fairey and S.F. locals Barry McGee and Mike Giant have found acceptance in the contemporary art world, shaking off the popular assumption…
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Calendar, Night&Day Path of Most Resistance

Path of Most Resistance

To mangle a cliche: We depend on our students to fling us into the future. When it comes to art, the candidates in our local Masters of Fine Arts programs are reliably as forward-thinking as they are unafraid to experiment.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

Remember the boys in your class with Pee Chee folders who used to draw their foes getting mutilated? Italy’s "Little Duck" (a.k.a. Laurina Paperina) taps into that childhood impulse, imbuing it with color, movement, and, occasionally, deeper sociological commentary. Paperina…
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Calendar, Night&Day “That’s Where the Beauty Is”

“That’s Where the Beauty Is”

“Summer/Selections” features some never-before-seen work of Margaret Kilgallen’s. (Some of you are already running for the door; good on ya.) Kilgallen is/was one of the linchpins of the Mission School of art, which coalesced in the late 1990s; her husband,…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It

San Francisco produces such a wealth of so-called outsider art, you could quickly lose interest in who the hell the insiders are. Tonight’s opening for “As We Live It” features participants in our great city’s assistance programs, including housing, mental…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Stop Believerin'

Don't Stop Believerin'

The reliable and distinct pleasures of winter: moody weather, an air-tight justification for anti-consumerist rants, and daily dissolving your sense of self with a bottomless cup of hot coffee. Companion to your regimen of scarf-wrapped reflection and armchair indignation is…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Power to the People

All Power to the People

Rest assured that artist Emory Douglas’ images of protest are not based on experiences glimpsed from afar -- Douglas was the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. His graphic art has the immediacy of a lobbed brick, from…
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Calendar, Night&Day Street Art on Screen

Street Art on Screen

The ongoing trouble with docs about artists is that too few are very artfully made themselves, or else they flat out fail to demonstrate any insight into their subjects' impulses, goals, or creative processes. Displaying artwork on-screen and interpreting it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Storytime, Yay!

Storytime, Yay!

At the otherwise clearly labeled Small Desk Press Third Annual Art Auction Fund-Raiser, the organizers left something out. For our money, the important element of this evening is a reading by Sarah Fran Wisby, Dustin Heron, and Ali Lawrence. It's…
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SF artist Barry McGee's work stolen again

If anyone sees a bunch of large ceramic panels representing the spirit of the Outer Sunset, please notify Muni spokesman Alan Siegel. He'd really like them back. The panels, commissioned by Muni, were created by San Francisco artist Barry McGee…
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Here To Stay

Twenty years is an eternity for any organization. Even families don't always last that long, let alone non-profit art galleries. So "In the Fullness of Time: Celebrating Twenty Years" is an Everest, in a way. It's the Great Wall, the…
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Culture, Art Street Smart

Street Smart

Haight and Ashbury has been a commercial real-estate bugbear for the past couple of decades. Any business that opened at the historic intersection was offering itself up for judgment on the altar of the Diggers, the anarchist theater collective of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Suitcase Full of Art

Suitcase Full of Art

For the past 10 years, the Luggage Store Gallery has been the kind of little community art space that's easy to overlook, nestled as it is amongst discount stores and adult video and movie houses on the seedy stretch of…
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