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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled (597 Haight St.)

Know Your Street Art: Untitled (597 Haight St.)

Painters have always used different shades of blue to give their artwork a certain intensity. For Thomas Gainsborough, a glistening blue was the key to his 18th-century work The Blue Boy. For Picasso, blue anchored a whole period in the…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled 392 11th St. (Oakland)

Know Your Street Art: Untitled 392 11th St. (Oakland)

In Yale University Press' ex-haustive study, The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, word "bombing" is rightfully celebrated for its impressionistic styles and shapes. Good bombing is distinct and artful. Bad bombing is just that: bad bombing. Which category…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 1264 Oak St.

Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 1264 Oak St.

As pedestrians walk down the north side of Oak Street by the Department of Motor Vehicles, they come across a series of orange, poppy sidewalk stencils, which mirror the real poppies flowering from the edges of the DMV's property. They…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 94 Olive St.

Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 94 Olive St.

Eduoard Manet's 1863 paintingLe Déjeuner sur l'herbe(The Luncheon on the Grass)is one of the more prized works owned by the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. And like the museum's other iconic paintings — including Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Where We All Come From

Know Your Street Art: Where We All Come From

Like all the characters in Danielle O'Malley's Clarion Alley artwork, this one is whimsical — a rendering from O'Malley's imagination that is Dr. Seussian in its ability to anthropomorphize a familiar thing. But Theodor Geisel never drew a vagina in…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Sex, Sex, Sex

Know Your Street Art: Sex, Sex, Sex

A sticker in the Mission District depicts a large-breasted woman licking a lollipop that says "Fuk u." The shock isn't finding a sex sticker on a San Francisco pole — sex images are a given in a city that celebrates…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Content Creation Myth

Know Your Street Art: Content Creation Myth

On the left side of Amos Goldbaum's mural, a solitary person at home is working on a kind of intricate linotype machine (a piece of equipment that was once ubiquitous at newspapers around the country). On the right, another solitary…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art

Know Your Street Art

California's Democratic and Republican primaries are June 7, but in the aftermath of Trump's messy appearances throughout the state last week, voter allegiances are already visible across San Francisco. Outside of a portable toilet on a Haight-Ashbury sidewalk, someone has…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Come Together Each in Your Own Perceiving of Yourself

Know Your Street Art: Come Together Each in Your Own Perceiving of Yourself

Born in the idealism of the early 1970s, the mural features musicians, dancers, children, a dragon, God's heads as imagined by different ethnic groups, green pastures, and a title that may be the most utopian in San Francisco history. After…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Alex Nieto Poster ('Justice for Our Lives')

Know Your Street Art: Alex Nieto Poster ('Justice for Our Lives')

Two years ago, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Oakland artist Oree Originol began creating posters featuring the faces and names of people killed by police in controversial shootings. The art — done in black-and-white, in a simple…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Spiritual Connection

Know Your Street Art: Spiritual Connection

The aliens resemble the sort of creatures that Hollywood has imagined for years, but these aliens look like they're having fun and, well, that they've come in peace. Nice, playful aliens? Yes, says Laura Campos, the artist who did the…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Calm Amidst The Chaos

Know Your Street Art: Calm Amidst The Chaos

Is the Mid-Market area around United Nations Plaza best described as "chaotic"? Anyone who has walked near the plaza, along Market near Seventh Street, might use that term, even as the area becomes increasingly connected to the high-priced buildings that…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled

Know Your Street Art: Untitled

If you stand at the corner of Natoma and Mary streets and look up, you'll see a series of old brick buildings that have been there for decades. You'll also see a work of art that's a cascade of everything…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled (524 Minna St.)

Know Your Street Art: Untitled (524 Minna St.)

The head of an angry man-creature — tattooed in white lines that crisscross almost every patch of his skin — shouts out the word "Another." Another what? Another drink? Around the same time someone drew this on the boarded-up wall,…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Listen to this wall

Know Your Street Art: Listen to this wall

The building implores Haight Street passers-by to "Listen to this wall," but it's not meant literally. And the sea of nearby photos — of smiling people young and old — is part of the art project, but the images' disintegration…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Seraph

Know Your Street Art: Seraph

Standing on a ladder in front of his new San Francisco mural, the Los Angeles artist Seraphix applies more paint to make the letters seem to breathe with fire. Located on the outside wall of a taqueria, the art looks…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Next to the Warfield

Know Your Street Art: Next to the Warfield

San Francisco artist Jenny Sharaf never signs her work. Why should she? The art should speak for itself, she reasons. That's why her large, gorgeous mural on Market Street — the one just feet away from the Warfield Theatre —…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Hope for the World Cure

Know Your Street Art: Hope for the World Cure

In 1998, 2.5 million people around the world died from AIDS, and 5.8 million people — including 500,000 under the age of 15 — became newly infected with the HIV virus. That was also the year Susan Cervantes created her…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Striking Back

Know Your Street Art: Striking Back

The area around Market and Seventh streets is Richard L. Perri's artistic stomping ground. Two years ago, Perri put up a giant pill mural at the southeast corner of the Odd Fellows Building, on a temporary wall of a drug…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Monumental Edition

Monumental Edition

In his ink and gouache artwork, Proposal for a Monument to Christobal Colon, Sandow Birk imagines a run-down, three-story tribute to the Spanish explorer known in the United States as Christopher Columbus. Blood drips from a giant globe atop Birk's…
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