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Music, All Shook Down Keep Experimental Art Alive: Help The Lab Build a New Model for Working Artists

Keep Experimental Art Alive: Help The Lab Build a New Model for Working Artists

Surely you've heard: SFMOMA is on the verge of reopening. We're excited and for good reason: SFMOMA is a gem of a museum, something we, as San Franciscans, ought to be proud of. But what are museums for? Art — right?…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Not Your Everyday Art Space – YBCA Spurs Conversations on Labor and Ecology

Not Your Everyday Art Space – YBCA Spurs Conversations on Labor and Ecology

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts curates art, music, performance, and dance. So why not curate community as well — a place to share concerns and ideas? That’s the idea behind the Public Squares that YBCA holds, based on questions that…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist YBCA Explores Art And Activism in <i>Take This Hammer</i>

YBCA Explores Art And Activism in Take This Hammer

A new exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that showcases activism through art and media in the San Francisco Bay Area, gets its name, Take This Hammer, from a 1963 documentary about the author James Baldwin…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFO Unveils Massive Mosaic As Part Of Ongoing Public Art Project

SFO Unveils Massive Mosaic As Part Of Ongoing Public Art Project

“It’s a straight line and a curved line,” says San Francisco artist Amy Ellingson. She’s pointing to a 109-foot length of wall in San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3, where her massive, 1,100-square foot mosaic mural, Untitled (Large Variation) ceremoniously watches…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Black Mail Show: Helping "San Francisco Bring Black Back"

The Black Mail Show: Helping "San Francisco Bring Black Back"

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle uttered these words, realizing art isn't just pretty colors, and rich paints and some designs put together in an aesthetically pleasing…
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News, The Snitch Bizarre Saga of Real Estate Tycoon and Art Scammer Finally Over

Bizarre Saga of Real Estate Tycoon and Art Scammer Finally Over

The bizarre, often outrageous case of “Lucky Luke” Brugnara is finally over. As ABC 7 reports, the former real estate tycoon has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison, capping off a flamboyant saga of art scams, jailhouse escapes,…
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News, The Snitch New Survey Confirms San Francisco Will See a "Wipeout" of its Artists

New Survey Confirms San Francisco Will See a "Wipeout" of its Artists

As KQED reports, the survey, which included nearly 600 artists, found that over 70 percent had been or were being displaced…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: That Time the U.S. Government Sold Forged Art

Yesterday's Crimes: That Time the U.S. Government Sold Forged Art

Salvador Dalí's melting clocks and elongated elephants have always been popular among San Francisco art buyers, but unfortunately, Dalí only cranked out self-portraits with bacon for 79 years or so. By the time he died in 1989, the demand…
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News, The Snitch LGBT Mural Defaced in the Mission and Sparks Backlash Online

LGBT Mural Defaced in the Mission and Sparks Backlash Online

The corner of 24th and Bryant in the Mission has long been synonymous with murals that address social and racial injustice, but Fusion reports today that the corner’s latest mural, depicting LGBT "cholos," has been defaced. Entitled “Por Vida,”…
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Music, All Shook Down Voicehandler Releases <i>Song Cycle: You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end.</i>

Voicehandler Releases Song Cycle: You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end.

Need a dose of local weirdness to break up the monotonous onslaught of bands that sound like a watered-down version of their inspirations? Try Oakland's Voicehandler. The experimental duo just released Song Cycle: You were not there for the beginning.…
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Music, All Shook Down Gray Area Festival Delivers Its Message with Shigeto and Teebs

Gray Area Festival Delivers Its Message with Shigeto and Teebs

San Francisco's Gray Area Art & Technology foundation had a huge weekend. In celebrating the proverbial finish line for the renovation of its new facility in the Grand Theater on Mission street, the foundation, which champions "...the gray area…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist League of F.A.M.E. Crowns San Francisco's Greatest Art Enthusiasts

League of F.A.M.E. Crowns San Francisco's Greatest Art Enthusiasts

It's a strange thing when the worlds of fantasy sports and fine arts collide, but as League of F.A.M.E. — or Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts — shows us, it's a much more harmonious combination than you might expect. The finale of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Honoring the Occult In Works By Surrealist Kurt Seligmann

Honoring the Occult In Works By Surrealist Kurt Seligmann

“When I bought my first Kurt Seligmann painting, I thought that I had bought a great Surrealist painting,” says Rowland Weinstein, the owner of Weinstein Gallery. And it’s true. He had bought an important piece from the renowned artist. But…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Edo-Era Prostitution Revisited in Seduction: Japan's Floating World

Edo-Era Prostitution Revisited in Seduction: Japan's Floating World

If there's one thing that all humans have in common, it would probably be an interest in sex. Some of us like it, some of us love it, and most of us do it. Japan is obviously no exception,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Exploding Luxury Handbags, Breast Implants, and Stilettos: A Q&A with Jordan Doner

Exploding Luxury Handbags, Breast Implants, and Stilettos: A Q&A with Jordan Doner

Jordan Doner seems to have a pretty level head in regards to the fashion industry. The artist and photographer has worked for some of the top magazines in the world, from Vogue to Interview, and skimming the commercial section…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Omni Commons in Oakland Stretches to Make a Community Space Permanent

Omni Commons in Oakland Stretches to Make a Community Space Permanent

Omni Commons is open now at 4799 Shattuck Street in Oakland — but in order to stay open, this shared space for Bay Area collectives is raising funds via Indiegogo. The ultimate goal of the group is to buy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle"

Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle"

“There’s this pantheon of Hollywood, and media, and how we’re supposed to look,” says artist and curator of SOMArts’ upcoming "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle," Johanna Poethig. “This show is really about getting away from that, looking at the politics behind…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Waxing Poetic: Charlie Levin's Paintings as Performance

Waxing Poetic: Charlie Levin's Paintings as Performance

The apocryphal etymology of sincerity has its origins in the idea of artistic perfection: that a well-chiseled marble sculpture would not require the sly application of wax to fill cracks or repair contours, thus, it was sine sera — “without wax.”…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ghost Bikes: New Photography Book Focuses on These Bikes Across the U.S.

Ghost Bikes: New Photography Book Focuses on These Bikes Across the U.S.

Genea Barnes is working on a project to make cyclists safer on the road but it’s not a bike lane, a piece of city planning policy, a highly visible piece of clothing, or anything else that’s routinely touted as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A 24-Hour Fundraising Party: The Lab’s Telethon

A 24-Hour Fundraising Party: The Lab’s Telethon

The Lab has been around since 1984 — 30 years is an eternity in the world of non-profit art spaces, because they’re usually run out of town due to noise complaints, inability to pay rent, or other common issues…
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