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Culture, Art Living Off the Grid: Chuck Close Faces the Past

Living Off the Grid: Chuck Close Faces the Past

There are many reasons to love Chuck Close. There's the way he gave the art world "grid paintings," where hundreds of tiny quadrants compose a single, large canvas. There's the way he used his own face — distinctive but unhandsome…
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Culture, Art Taking in Richard Serra's Arresting Drawings

Taking in Richard Serra's Arresting Drawings

Walking hurriedly through the galleries at SFMOMA, leading me on a tour of his life's drawings, Richard Serra suddenly stops in front of Pacific Judson Murphy, a giant, horizontal work that envelops two walls and an entire corner. The drawing…
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Culture, Artcap

Kirkman Amyx: "Probability, Chance, and Temporality"

Collages of smaller images that create patterns (think of Chuck Close's portraits) have been popular for years, but Kirkman Amyx pushes the concept someplace new with his series "Basic Cable." For five straight days, Amyx took photographs of different TV…
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Calendar, Night&Day Double the Art

Double the Art

From a distance, Julie Anand and Damon Sauer’s photo collages look pixelated, with individual squares combining to form the overarching images. But, as with the work of Chuck Close, it pays to get right up against one — you’ll notice…
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Calendar, Night&Day World's Best Hoarders

World's Best Hoarders

Chuck Close calls them the mascots of the art world. Christo and Jeanne-Claude once offered them a drawing in exchange for taking care of their cat, Gladys, for a summer. The passion for minimalist and conceptual art that aging Manhattan…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Herb & Dorothy</i>

Herb & Dorothy

Chuck Close calls them the mascots of the art world. Christo and Jeanne-Claude once offered them a drawing in exchange for taking care of their cat, Gladys, for a summer. The passion for minimalist and conceptual art that aging Manhattan…
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I Can't Place Your Face

The marks left behind by humanity and the blurring of individuality are the focuses of Alí González’s new exhibit "El rostro, lugar de nadie." The title means, roughly, "The face is no one's place." Several series make up this show,…
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Culture, Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Chance*: A Contemporary Art Installation From Guatemala." Americans may be notorious navel-gazers, but we do occasionally wonder what's going on in the rest of the world. Now would be an extra good time to stretch the ol' consciousness toward cosmopolitanism,…
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Culture, Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Beaut Brute." Al Pacino's Scarface would approve. Taro Hattori's latest installation is a gangster's dream décor. The walls are lined with a row of assault rifles painstakingly constructed out of see-through plastic. In the center, two more rifles, of…
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Culture, Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Beaut Brute." Al Pacino's Scarface would approve. Taro Hattori's latest installation is a gangster's dream décor. The walls are lined with a row of assault rifles painstakingly constructed out of see-through plastic. In the center, two more rifles, of…
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Culture, Art

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Beaut Brute." Al Pacino's Scarface would approve. Taro Hattori's latest installation is a gangster's dream décor. The walls are lined with a row of assault rifles painstakingly constructed out of see-through plastic. In the center, two more rifles, of…
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Culture, Art

Artbeat

"Ab Ovo." Like an art-world version of Telephone -- the game in which a message gets garbled through repeated transmission -- Steven Hull's project is designed to take us somewhere unexpected. Hull administered the MMPI-2TM (a psychological test that measures…
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Calendar, Night&Day Close Encounter

Close Encounter

Step up to a Chuck Close painting and you'll see squares filled with abstract shapes, a precise arrangement of dots, or some other technique in miniature. Step back and you'll see Chuck Close. For nearly four decades the artist has…
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