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Maverick or Madman? Maverick or Madman? The intensely weird world of sculptor Stanislav Szukalski July 27, 2005

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Culture, Art Strange Root

Strange Root

Francis Baker's artworks are topiaries in reverse. While shrub sculptors trim bushes to resemble swans and bunnies, Baker coaxes plant roots into eerie versions of familiar forms — a Barbie, a Buddha, an outstretched hand. His is an additive rather…
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Culture, Art War Memorial

War Memorial

It's a good time to remember the Vietnam War. While that dark spot in American history is never far from popular consciousness, we seem, these days, egregiously blind to its lessons. The two-person exhibition "Disrupted: A Photographic Installation About Memory,…
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Culture, Art The Masculine Mystique

The Masculine Mystique

"The Man Box and Beyond" is a difficult show to critique. Based on an exercise developed by the Oakland Men's Project in which guys discuss the pressure they're under to "act like a man," it's certainly a noble effort. Masculinity…
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Culture, Art Commercial Art

Commercial Art

A drawing by Picasso recently sold for the bargain-basement price of $39,999.99. The price alone was newsworthy, but the circumstances of the sale were even more surprising: The drawing was purchased at Costco. When you can buy a Picasso alongside…
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Culture, Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"The Elegant Gathering: The Yeh Family Collection"; and "From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics." Two new exhibitions take bygone practices and conclude that the artistic lettering of China and the meticulous clay work of Korea are not as remote as…
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Culture, Art Mad Styles

Mad Styles

"Me, Myself & Eye" purports to be a "3 person show" featuring the work of Andrew Brandou, Dale Andrews, and Howdy Pardner. If the punning title doesn't raise your suspicions, then maybe the slightly formulaic names of the last two…
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Culture, Art Flatlands

Flatlands

A man once asked Picasso why his paintings weren't more realistic. When Picasso inquired what a realistic image might look like, the man pulled out a photograph of his wife. "But," Picasso replied, "is she really so small and flat?"…
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Culture, Art Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame

Every few decades, painting dies. Thankfully, painters are a resourceful bunch. With the advent of photography in the late 1800s, they abandoned verisimilitude for abstraction. When abstraction ended up in a cul-de-sac lined with plain white squares, they turned to…
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Culture, Art Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods

Makoto Aida is trying to push our buttons. The Japanese artist's first solo exhibition in the United States tackles a range of controversial topics -- from suicide and Osama bin Laden to puke and self-love -- with adolescent glee. I-DE-A,…
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Culture, Art Imaginary Forces
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In a world where online gamers buy and sell their avatars on eBay, making things with your hands seems downright old-fashioned. Even the most meticulously rendered paintings and sculptures can't compete with the immersive digital worlds of EverQuest or World…
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Culture, Art Art in the Balance

Art in the Balance

At first glance, the new de Young Museum rises like a rusty Star Destroyer on the forest moon of Endor. A hulking mass, all angles and high-tech edges, it's crowned by a twisting periscope of a tower to the north.…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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