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Culture, Art Depopulation Agenda

Depopulation Agenda

Lauren Marsolier says she'sliberated from traditional photography. Forget asking people to pose. Forget waiting for what Henri Cartier-Bresson, her French antecedent, called "the decisive moment." There are no singular moments in Marsolier's images. Hell, there aren't even any people in…
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Culture, Art Minding His Beeswax: A Day in the Life of an Artist at Madame Tussauds

Minding His Beeswax: A Day in the Life of an Artist at Madame Tussauds

I wish Robin Williams a happy birthday, in person, even though he died nearly two years ago. Technically, it's his wax likeness, smiling impishly in the lobby of Madame Tussauds, not far away from a seated Mark Zuckerberg. I'm waiting…
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Culture, Art Open Borders: Keeping a Mission Bookstore Open

Open Borders: Keeping a Mission Bookstore Open

When I see an independent bookstore with its doors still open, I fight an urge to run in and make a purchase. I only stop myself to keep the peace at home, where piles of books threaten to topple the…
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Culture, Art Grid Alternatives: Artist Ed Moses at 90

Grid Alternatives: Artist Ed Moses at 90

In 1961, painter Ed Moses lived in the same Fillmore Street apartment building as a spate of other artists, including Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Joan Brown, and Manuel Neri. All of them would eventually gain national and international art-world prominence.…
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Culture, Art You Oughta Know: OMCA Tackles Gentrification

You Oughta Know: OMCA Tackles Gentrification

The Oakland Museum of California courted a little bit of controversy this spring when it mounted an exhibit about cannabis, dated public service announcements and all. But the subject matter of "Altered State: Marijuana in California" — which is as…
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Culture, Art Standard Model: Ed Ruscha at the de Young

Standard Model: Ed Ruscha at the de Young

Ed Ruscha's love for, and fascination with, the Western United States is apparent in every gallery in the exhibition, "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West," which is up at the de Young Museum through Oct. 9. Some 99 of…
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Culture, Art The In-Between

The In-Between

Earlier this year, before he began paintingSearching for a New Homein San Francisco's Clarion Alley, Strider Jack Patton knew he would feature people who've been forcibly displaced from their homes. Almost 60 million people around the world fit that description,…
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Culture, Art Weaponized Pleasure: Psychic TV Plays SF Pride

Weaponized Pleasure: Psychic TV Plays SF Pride

"Don't think of it as a jam band," Genesis P-Orridge pleads with me. "The songs are very tightly structured, but there are segments that are improvised, just like jazz." No one with even the most casual knowledge of Psychic TV…
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Culture, Art Bounded Potential: Jo Farrell and the Last Generation of Chinese Women With Bound Feet

Bounded Potential: Jo Farrell and the Last Generation of Chinese Women With Bound Feet

"Somebody has to write something to celebrate their lives," says Jo Farrell of the elderly peasants in rural China who were the last generation of women to bind their feet, a practice that dates back nearly 1,000 years until the…
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Culture, Art Art: Inside the Painter's Studio

Art: Inside the Painter's Studio

When British-born painter Damian Elwes was in Keith Haring's former New York studio earlier this year, he began snooping for clues. In the 26 years since Haring died, countless photos of the workspace, now part of the Keith Haring Foundation,…
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Culture, Art Making Many Murderers: How America Ignores Criminal Justice

Making Many Murderers: How America Ignores Criminal Justice

Making A Murderer should terrify you. The story of Steven Avery — sent to prison for 18 years for a rape he didn't commit, following an investigation so shoddy you'd be forgiven for thinking sheriff's deputies in Manitowoc County, Wis.…
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Culture, Art Art: Watching the Watchers

Art: Watching the Watchers

Every upheaval in history, whether a military campaign or a cultural spasm, has produced what is euphemistically called "collateral damage." Drone warfare kills terrorists — and also scores of innocent families. The internet revolution unites communities online — and divides…
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Culture, Art Madonna and Angels

Madonna and Angels

Sitting with a latte at a San Francisco cafe that's become a new favorite, artist and writer Paul Madonna is talking about everything eventful in his life, including two major transitions: the one from his longtime Mission District art studio…
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Culture, Art Snø Job: 15 Highlights of the Expanded SFMOMA

Snø Job: 15 Highlights of the Expanded SFMOMA

With almost three times as much exhibit space as before, SFMOMA is now an art cathedral where once it was merely a nice church. After three years of expansion under Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta — which included a $305 million…
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Culture, Art Rig Trouble in Little China: The Great Star Theater is Haunted

Rig Trouble in Little China: The Great Star Theater is Haunted

I'm in a 90-year old opera theater in Chinatown, and I'm thoroughly creeped out. It's after midnight, and I'm ascending a set of metal stairs at the rear of the stage in the Great Star Theater on Jackson Street. No…
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Culture, Art Mariana Castillo Deball's Games of Chance

Mariana Castillo Deball's Games of Chance

Like the hydrocarbons once part of a brontosaurus stomping over Pangaea millions of years ago that get pumped into your gas tank, a cultural artifact's voyage from its place of origin to the wall of a museum is marked by…
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Culture, Art Art: We're the Center of the Universe!

Art: We're the Center of the Universe!

In Pantea Karimi's new watercolor and silkscreen work called The Return of Geocentrism i, centuries of knowledge — and layers of meaning — flood across a celestial horizon that has the sun revolving around the earth. The art is Karimi's…
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Culture, Art Fully Disclosed: Annie Leibovitz's <i>Women</i>

Fully Disclosed: Annie Leibovitz's Women

One overriding aesthetic has defined Annie Leibovitz's photographic style for almost 50 years: Celebrities who do memorable poses under her direction. A naked John Lennon curled up in a ball against Yoko Ono. Meryl Streep pinched her own cheeks as…
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Culture, Art Minnesota Street Project: The Counter-Revolutionists' Gallery

Minnesota Street Project: The Counter-Revolutionists' Gallery

On the opening night of the San Francisco arts complex called Minnesota Street Project, co-founder Deborah Rappaport stood on the ground level of the building that houses two floors of art galleries, receiving congratulations from one art-goer after another. They…
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Culture, Art Art: Elephant in the Room

Art: Elephant in the Room

Liam Everett jokes about all the behind-the-scenes "neuroses" that go into making his otherworldly paintings. During the many months it takes to complete a series of works, Everett never sits down — there's no place to sit in his studio,…
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