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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jessica Hess Captures the Beauty of Grit

Jessica Hess Captures the Beauty of Grit

In 2011, visual artist Jessica Hess debuted a show called It Finds You. An avid appreciator of street art, Hess named it after the idea that street art finds its viewers, inserting itself into the urban landscape to shake up…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist NBD: Oakland Artist Swampy's Exhibit Shows the Romance of Dropping Out

NBD: Oakland Artist Swampy's Exhibit Shows the Romance of Dropping Out

Less than a year-and-a-half after many longtime galleries were expelled from 77 Geary Street, it’s good to know that new ones are still popping back up. Chandran Gallery, which opened in 2013 to exhibit contemporary artists at all career…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Did Target Rip Off an S.F. Muralist's Work?

Did Target Rip Off an S.F. Muralist's Work?

If you’ve ever opened your eyes while wandering through San Francisco, which is generally how most people choose to wander lest they walk into someone texting, then there’s no way you could miss one of local artist Zio Ziegler’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Tale of Two LGBT Murals

A Tale of Two LGBT Murals

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday with a proposition that has long been axiomatic in San Francisco: that LGBT people deserve equality. However, a gay-and-trans mural outside Galeria de La Raza at 2857 24th Street, Miguel Paul’s “Por Vida,”…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Street Art Debuts on Reality TV — For Better and Worse. A Q&A With Contestant Annie Preece

Street Art Debuts on Reality TV — For Better and Worse. A Q&A With Contestant Annie Preece

The reality TV genre is decades old, and it has already incorporated art into a regular series (see Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist), so it was inevitable that street art would get its turn as a…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art <i>Untitled</i>: 3636 Buchanan St. (at North Point)

Untitled: 3636 Buchanan St. (at North Point)

In the past six months, a wave of San Francisco fire hydrants — particularly hydrants in the Marina District — has gone from traditional white to flamboyant red and silver. It's a nice change. It's also illegal. But the artist…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: The TRUTH-ful Art of Rigo 23

Tourism For Locals: The TRUTH-ful Art of Rigo 23

It's a well known statement that art, in and of itself, is political; as stated by artist, activist, and essayist Mark Vallen. Since artists do not create in a vacuum, they are indisputably coupled to the society and times in which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New Mural Seeks to Celebrate San Francisco's Thriving Sexual History and Culture

New Mural Seeks to Celebrate San Francisco's Thriving Sexual History and Culture

Since the Gold Rush brought miners and sailors to our city, the disproportionate amount of men to women and their transient lifestyles fostered a sexually liberal environment that has bloomed for decades. The city's now got one of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: A Tale of Underground Artists Mike Giant and Mike Maxwell

Video of the Day: A Tale of Underground Artists Mike Giant and Mike Maxwell

Once upon a time, when documentaries consisted almost exclusively of "educational films," inventors and presidents were usually the only people deemed worthy of the camera's attention. These days, thanks to cheap gear and the fragmentation of the culture, everybody's a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Life Advice from S.F. Street Artist Mike Giant (Video)

Life Advice from S.F. Street Artist Mike Giant (Video)

World famous for his skateboard graphics, tattooing, graffiti, fine art, and his work with REBEL8, S.F. resident Mike Giant is a living legend. He recently exhibited a collection of old Think graphics and new works for his solo show…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photo of the Day: Octopus Doulas

Photo of the Day: Octopus Doulas

We've always loved Balmy Alley, but especially this particular birthing mural. Happy First Thursday, art lovers.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Sign in Smashed Oakland Bank Window: "We Are Better Than This"

Sign in Smashed Oakland Bank Window: "We Are Better Than This"

We've seen many moving, inspiring, and upsetting images from yesterday's general strike in Oakland, but none that seems to capture it all as well as this shot from Kate Conger, SF Weekly's street-fashion maven and all-around good egg. Below…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Street Art Sequel <i>Bomb It 2</i> Is Part of Thursday's Can Film Festival

Street Art Sequel Bomb It 2 Is Part of Thursday's Can Film Festival

The cheekily named Can Film Festival which screens Thursday (Oct. 6) at the Roxie won't feature red carpets with petulant celebrities tumbling through press-baiting antics, but it will showcase the sequel to a seminal new-school graffiti movie. Jon Reiss'…
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News, The Snitch The Top 10 Pieces of Political Street Art

The Top 10 Pieces of Political Street Art

We spotted this John Boehner street art gem Tuesday night in the Mission, and it got us thinking -- political street art is pretty rad, and sometimes pretty radical. San Francisco definitely has its fair share, but, of course,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Boehner Street Art Is Part <em>Hairspray</em>, Part <em>Silence of the Lambs</em>

John Boehner Street Art Is Part Hairspray, Part Silence of the Lambs

Last night at 18th and Valencia streets we spotted this thoughtful critique of House Speaker John Boehner. His dialogue comes from the Buffalo Bill character in Silence of the Lambs. It's fun to work out what exactly that might…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Graffiti Guru Offers Street Art Tours

Graffiti Guru Offers Street Art Tours

No matter how cool you are, there's still a good chance that the only thing you know about street art is sometimes you come across it, and sometimes it's amazing. Who did it? What's behind it? Where can you see…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Diamanda Galas Calls Street Artist Novy "An Opportunistic Infection"

Diamanda Galas Calls Street Artist Novy "An Opportunistic Infection"

In this week's SF Weekly cover story, "A Movement Defaced," our art critic Jonathan Curiel surveys the work and ambitions of queer street artist Novy and others in the SOMArts show "A History of Queer Street Art." (Novy curates the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Street Artist Eine Is Painting on City Walls as Part of S.F. Exhibition, "Greatest"

Street Artist Eine Is Painting on City Walls as Part of S.F. Exhibition, "Greatest"

However you feel about the politics of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the man apparently has amazing taste in art. On his first official visit to Washington in July, he presented President Obama a painting by London street artist Ben…
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Music, All Shook Down 'Kings of Leon Tour Bus Catches Fire' And Other Headlines SF Artist Johnny Selman Should Interpret

'Kings of Leon Tour Bus Catches Fire' And Other Headlines SF Artist Johnny Selman Should Interpret

What's that you say? A San Francisco-based artist agitating for sociopolitical change? My stars, now we've seen everything! But seriously, folks. Transplanted Virginian and extremely assiduous master's candidate Johnny Selman has embarked on a pretty cool project for his Academy…
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