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Culture, Art The Art of Argument: Controversial Juxtapositions Spark Debate at a Multi-Museum Exhibition

The Art of Argument: Controversial Juxtapositions Spark Debate at a Multi-Museum Exhibition

In the spring of 1917, in a storeroom at an exhibition space in midtown New York, the painter George Bellows and the art curator Walter Arensberg had one of the liveliest arguments ever held about a piece of art. Bellows…
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Culture, Art Airbrushed: Painting the Castro Royalty

Airbrushed: Painting the Castro Royalty

In the 1980s and '90s, drag queens, punks, and other Castro District denizens found their way to the hilltop house of Beth Van Hoesen, who made their likenesses with watercolors, pencils, graphite, and other tools. A prominent San Francisco illustrator…
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Calendar, Night&Day (Beautiful) Boxes to Check

(Beautiful) Boxes to Check

"Suggestion fatigue." It's a phenomenon of the modern age, where every website offers a million suggestions on what else you might like given your taste in music, books, movies, and other things. Art is no different. So painter Gregg…
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Calendar, Night&Day Life Blood

Life Blood

Clouds of crimson billow across one wall as if from an open wound. A length of stained gauze decays seemingly before your eyes. Jagged streaks of rusty-red fluid erupt into the ether. No, these aren’t scenes from the set of…
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Max Cole: "Terra Firma": Art Review

Full of repeated strips and lines, Max Cole's abstract paintings are exquisite and even hypnotic. Get too close to pieces like Flow or Gradient, and dizziness can set in. What sets in more: the realization that Cole — like Mark…
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Calendar, Night&Day Driven to Abstraction

Driven to Abstraction

Angeleno painter Miguel Osuna has obviously studied the work of Mark Rothko, the famous abstract artist. Looking at Osuna's own work, we're tempted to infer that he not only studied but enjoyed Rothko. The work at this current exhibit, though,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Picture

Big Picture

If Ansel Adams' black-and-white landscape photos ever seem like "just a picture of a dead stick" to you, steel yourself before seeing the work of Japanese photographer Hirosho Sugimoto. Sugimoto takes pictures of the ocean. Just the ocean, and the…
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