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Culture, Art The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

Four decades after Diane Arbus was found dead in a New York bathtub with both of her wrists slit, the art world is still analyzing her life and her artwork for fresh clues, hoping to reveal new insight into a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Lydia Panas lures families and friends to the fields of her 75-acre farm in rural Kutztown, Pa., and shoots them. With a camera, that is. Her “Mark of Abel” series derives its name from Diane Arbus, who wrote, “If, as…
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News, The Snitch Annoyed Neighbor Is Beaten While Photographing Bar Patrons Puking

Annoyed Neighbor Is Beaten While Photographing Bar Patrons Puking

A NOPA woman who was sickened -- literally -- by the stream of unruly bar patrons puking near her doorstep decided to make it into an exhibit. According to police, the 50-year-old woman -- who had been complaining about noise…
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Calendar, Night&Day Drag It Up

Drag It Up

Playwright and performer Sean Owens knows theatrical camp. We think it's safe to say he is theatrical camp. He created and acted out the role of a randy seafarer called Black Dick in Naught but Pirate. He was one of…
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Culture, Artcap

Art Review: Various: "Furthermore"

There's a reason tourists in New York always gravitate to Times Square, and it's in the faces of the family captured so brilliantly by photographer Louis Faurer in 1948: to be awed by the bright lights and bigness of Gotham.…
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Calendar, Night&Day One of Us. One of Us.

One of Us. One of Us.

Running into a friend outside the 49 Geary building during First Thursday, we felt compelled to utter a stupidity: "Diane Arbus is a genius." Our friend, Traci Vogel, is SF Weekly's art writer -- of all people to make an…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment

In 1973, when he was 21, Michael Jang signed up for a summer photography course with Lisette Model, whose most famous student was Diane Arbus. Jang needed a place to stay, and had cousins in the Bay Area who offered…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Nothing Natural About It

Last year, Sean Owens produced a theatrical soiree made up of a series of short plays so dementedly different that looking back on the experience, it's a wonder that the constituent parts of Odd By Nature fitted together into a…
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Film, Freak, Out

Freak, Out

Do artists see more than ordinary people? That's what my high school art teacher thought. So, apparently, does Nicole Kidman — or at least that's the way she plays Diane Arbus (1923-71) in the celebrated photographer's exceedingly curious "imaginary portrait,"…
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Culture, Books What Is Normal?

What Is Normal?

The kinky photographer is in the kitchen washing the breakfast dishes when I arrive. (He'd made a smoothie, because his nutritionist had told him to eat more fruits and vegetables.) Charles Gatewood is wearing what looks like a yoga outfit…
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Dining, Eat The House of Sour Cream

The House of Sour Cream

I was having trouble forcing myself to go see the Chagall show at SFMOMA. Except for one afternoon decades ago, I've never liked his work -- but that one afternoon was spent at a previous retrospective of his oeuvre, when…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picture Imperfect

Picture Imperfect

Alternately referred to as the "wizard of odds" and the "photographer of freaks," Diane Arbus (1923-71) would probably have felt right at home here in San Francisco. As it was, she found plenty to inspire her back east, exploring New…
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Calendar, Night&Day Saving Face

Saving Face

Trying to account for a whole country's population is a tall order -- just ask census takers. While German photographer August Sander is no canvasser, he had his work cut out for him when he embarked upon a similar undertaking:…
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