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Mark Kostabi: The Poetry of Silence Recommended

When: Fri., May 8 2015

Love Hate Paint

If you’ve ever worked in the art world, you’ll be familiar with the questions, “Why is art important?” and, “Who decides how much a piece of art is worth?” And if you were contemporary artist Mark Kostabi, you would turn those questions into a career. Kostabi, who gained notoriety by creating a sort of factory where workers made paintings that he would sign and sell, has used his tongue-in-cheek opinions about the art world to keep a buzz surrounding his work for the past several decades. And whether you love him or hate him, you’ve got an opinion. Now, Martin Lawrence Gallery is exhibiting his work in “Mark Kostabi: The Poetry of Silence.” Composed mostly of oil paintings filled with lonely-feeling backgrounds routinely compared to Italian painter Giorgio De Chirico, Kostabi is giving San Francisco a chance to love him once again.

“Mark Kostabi: The Poetry of Silence” starts at 10 a.m. and continues through May 31 at Martin Lawrence Gallery, 366 Geary St., S.F. Free; 415-956-0345 or

— Laura Jaye Cramer


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