Monday, September 1, 2014

When Labor Day Meant Something

 Pullman strikers outside Arcade Building

Remembering the radical past of a day now devoted to picnics and back-to-school sales      .......
Labor Day, though, was meant to honor not just the individual worker, but what workers accomplish together through activism and organizing. Indeed, Labor Day in the 1880s, its first decade, was in many cities more like a general strike—often with the waving red flag of socialism and radical speakers critiquing capitalism—than a leisurely day off. So to really talk about this holiday, we have to talk about those-which-must-not-be-named: unions and the labor movement.

The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day 

A labor movement in Chicago in 1894 left 30 Pullman workers dead, and later spurred Congress and President Grover Cleveland to pass a bill creating Labor Day. But the history of this holiday is rarely taught in schools, and there are few full-time labor journalists to write about working class communities. ...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sherry Miller and Sausalito Artists - Labor Day Weekend Open Studios

From Sherry Miller
It's that time again. If you're in the Bay Area please stop by to see my new work and visit the studios of twenty other artists. If you're far away look through my new book Tiburon Paintings which you can preview and purchase online.

Sausalito Artists @ Work
Labor Day Weekend Open Studios
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
ICB Studio #259D
480 Gate Five Road

free parking and handicap access on Bay side of building
Tiburon Paintings:

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday art notes

✦ California's Tom Killion, who has a fascinating background, is a terrific wood-cut artist. His printmaking process, which he jokingly calls "faux ukiyo-e", was spotlighted in the PBS documentary Craft in America: Process, and his studio in Pt. Reyes is the subject of In the Make. His prints are all in limited editions and signed and numbered. They are exquisite. His handprinted books are particularly fine. 
 A large selection of Killion's original wood-cuts and large Iris prints are on show at Book Passage Gallery through the end of this year. For the 50th anniversary of the death of poet Robinson Jeffers, Killion created a broadside, in a limited edition of 50 prints, featuring Jeffers's home Tor House in snow and the poem "In the Evening the Dusk". (An image of the broadside is shown on the main page for Tor House.)
(Orig from writing without paper)

He will also be showing Sausalito Art Festival during Labor Day Weekend

Killion will be showing large work, original woodcut prints and the blocks they are made from, at the Bay Area's premier outdoor art show. Booth #333; Gala Friday evening; Sat.-Sun. 10-7pm; Mon. 10-5pm. Visit for complete info.
Have you seen International Arts Movement's Tumblr site? Art submission opportunities, IAM exhibits, jobs in the arts fields, arts scholarships, and internship opportunities are just a few of the features you'll find there. 

Highly recommended at the Asian:

The Opening of Waterloo Bridge', by John Constable (1832). Photograph: V&A

Turner and Constable exhibitions revive Britain's greatest art rivalry

The Blue Rigi, Sunrise', by JMW Turner (1842). Photograph: Tate Britain

The most spectacular (19th century) artistic rivalry in British history will be revived in September when blockbuster exhibitions by two of the nation's most renowned painters pitch them into direct competition, just as they were in their lifetimes two centuries ago.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Terry St. John at Dolby Chadwick , Matisse at the Legion & Soundwave at SOMArts

 Terry St. John at Dolby Chadwick

 Matisse, La Conversation (The Conversation), 1938; oil on canvas, 18 3/8 in. x 21 3/4 in. (46.67 cm x 55.25 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Bequest of Mr. James D. Zellerbach; © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Only a couple more days to catch Terry St. John at Dolby Chadwick and works by Matisse from SFMOMA, now at the Legion through early September

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let us celebrate the birthday of Rufino Tamayo


August 26, 1899. Rufino Tamayo (August 26, 1899 - June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences.

 Children's Games

After the Mexican Revolution, Tamayo devoted himself to creating an identity in his work. Tamayo expressed what he believed was the traditional Mexico, and refused to make overtly political works,
Moon and Sun

Tamayo was one of the first artists to utlize a new type of printed artwork called “mixografía.” Mixografía consisted of artwork printed on paper, but with depth and texture. One of his most famous mixografía was titled Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros or (“Two Characters Attacked by Dogs”).

Tres Personajes, the 1970 painting stolen over twenty years ago and featured on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow was found on a New York City street by New Yorker, Elizabeth Gibson, out for her morning coffee. Ms. Gibson noticed and rescued the painting from between garbage bags set out for morning collection, unaware that it had any significance until much later. “I know nothing of modern art but it didn’t seem right for any piece of art to be discarded like that,” she said.
The painting was purchased for 1.1 million dollars at auction.

Moon Dog

Obituary from NY Times:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'From Two Arises Three," Korea Day and more at the Asian Art Museum

 The Tao gives birth to one
one gives birth to two
two gives birth to three
three gives birth to ten thousand things
—Laozi, Daode jing

 Sunday is KoreaDay at the Asian Art Museum and it's F R E E. Daylong extravaganza for all ages.

The 2nd floor galleries have two exhibits worth going out of the way to see. "From Two Arises Three" focuses on the work of two American contemporary artists working in uniquely Chinese styles: painter Arnold Chang and photographer Michael Cherney.