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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Feature Colonial Mentality

Colonial Mentality

Until President Barack Obama signed legislation last month that eliminated "Oriental," "Eskimo," "Negro," and other outdated terms as references in written federal laws, the U.S. government effectively sanctioned those terms for public use. These vestiges of racist colonial-era mores remained…
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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, The Exhibitionist SFMOMA Will Reopen With an Enormous Gallery Devoted to Ellsworth Kelly (And More)

SFMOMA Will Reopen With an Enormous Gallery Devoted to Ellsworth Kelly (And More)

Almost three years since it closed for expansion, SFMOMA is oh-so close to reopening – reincarnated as a 10-story super-museum whose collection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, films, and other artwork rivals that of any modern art museum in the…
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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, 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, 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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