Thursday, October 13, 2016

Friday Fish Wrap: Legion, Guerrerro Gallery, Italian Cultural Insitute, Black Panthers

Penitent Magdalene. Courtesy Legion of Honor
The Bay Area has a number of good exhibits that opened in the last week or will open in the coming week. Of course, don't forget Open Studios. This is the 2nd week then thousands of local artists open their studios to the public. Maps and Guides here to what is open for the coming weekend:

Le Nain Brothers at the Legion - Three brothers who lived together and painted as a trio in 17th century France. For some reason, they had to wait for the 21st century to be rediscovered but the show is well worth a visit to the Legion of Honor. The exhibit "California BookWorks" ends on October 16 but the Sonia Delaunay piece is worth the price of admission. While the Barry McGee illustrations are getting the hype in the show of artists' books from the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the exquisite Picasso etchings are what the visitor should be looking at.

Pablo Picasso, Visage [Marie-Thérèse Walter], frontispiece in Picasso, by André Level (Paris: Les Éditions G. Crès and Cie, 1928). Lithograph, 8 1/2 x 5 9/16 inc. FAMSF, gift of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, 2016.15.15. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

SFMOMA reopened earlier this year and the Photography Gallery is going strong. The Anthony Hernandez exhibit has already closed and a new exhibit on Contemporary Japanese Photography just opened. The gift of over 200 works from the Kurenboh Collection, Tokyo, completely fill up the 3rd floor galleries. Bring your walking shoes because the show is huge and the themes complex.
Courtesy Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California opened "All Power to the People," an exhibit both artistic and historical of the Black Panthers and their place in American history. It's tragic that decades after their call for equality and inclusion in American life, African-Americans are still calling for equal rights and an end to senseless and unprovoked police violence.

"As an organization, the Black Panthers lasted just 16 years, from 1966 to 1982, but the legacy is still going strong at 50, and for those three days in October, “people will be coming from all over the world,” predicted Brown. It won’t be for nostalgia. The title of the conference, “Where Do We Go From Here?” suggests the goal will be to recapture that momentum, which was sparked in 1966 and is waiting to be rekindled." Full review here:

Guerrerro Gallery: "Regarding appropriation".... As a critical strategy, appropriation provides the means to reorient hierarchies and expand dialogues across borders and boundaries within art discourse, restructuring a linear historical narrative and thereby obliterating the naive heroism that comes with such a foolhardy climb.
More here 

Viva Italia! 

ibreria Pino and Istituto Italiano di Cultura are proud to present the first Fiera del Libro + San Francisco! This 10 day event will showcase books, cds, and dvds imported directly from Italy.
The fair will be open 9 am to 5 pm weekdays, 1 pm - 5 pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday.
For more information and tickets, please visit

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