Thursday, July 12, 2012

Weekend Picks: Intersection, Crown Pt Press, San Jose, Stephen Wolf Fine Arts

Everybody is all excited about the Sherman exhibit which I am still thinking throug. Actually, I liked the "other" exhibit on the 4th floor better. For me, "Stage Presence," was far fresher, exciting, fun and engaging. Stage Presence shines a spotlight on theatricality in the art of the last 30 years, presenting works in various media that defy the traditional divide between the visual and the performing arts. The notion of performance appears here in a range of guises, from the camp spectacle and subversive humor of 1980s works. I ran into Mike Strickland, blogger of Civic Center fame (link on side bar) and for once, we agreed.

Source: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

 Eric Stall. Citroen installation

Intersection for the Arts: "Motion Graphics: In and Beyond the Street," a group exhibition that looks at a diverse range of street art and the practice underlying social engagement and artistic work in the public sphere.

The work is uneven. One wall piece looks like the flying spaghetti monster met Chef Boy-Ar-Dee but the video of artists working in the Tenderloin is very good. A couple of the pieces were graphically interesting but their connection with the exhibition theme escaped me. Unfortunately, I lost my notes so I'm typing from memory - and obviously the memory isn't what it used to be.

Penelope Houston, Untitled. image courtesy Steven Wolf Fine Arts.

Steven Wolf Fine Arts: This show takes a look at the colliding worlds as punk musicians made art and artists made music. I was never into the punk scene - working too hard, for one thing. But two of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman and Donal Logue are shooting a film about the famous (or infamous) NY club CGBG. Apparently the club, long defunct, just had an anniversary, which made the show doubly interesting.

Elmer Bischoff’s Two Women in Vermillion Light (1959)
The San Jose Museum of Art: "Local Color" highlights works by such artists as Alexander Calder, Elmer Bischoff, David Levinthal, Nathan Oliveira, Anne Appleby, and Richard Misrach. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Local Color explores the role of color in art and encourage visitors to look at color as content.
The exhibition comprises approximately 50 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and prints spanning the last six decades.

“Color may be a vehicle for pure pleasure, for shaping the rhythm of a composition, or for invoking a particular emotional tone,” said Rory Padeken, curatorial assistant at SJMA and curator of the exhibition. “This exhibition looks at the primacy of color in works that range from Calder’s whimsical mobiles to Bischoff’s luscious, light-filled canvas to Levinthal’s slick, saturated photographs of Barbie dolls. Visitors will also see works in which artists consider nuances of black and white.”

Speaking of black and white, check out the current exhibit at Crown Point Press which is a celebration of their collaboration with Chuck Close. The Press, recognized for its importance as a print workshop specializing in etching, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding by Kathan Brown in 1962.

Chuck Close made his first print, the landmark mezzotint Keith, at the press 10 years later in 1972, breaking artistic ground for the photo-realist artist and initiating a long relationship with the Press. The Fine Arts Museums enters its third decade as the recipient of editioned prints from the Press since its 1991 acquisition of the Crown Point archive; there are now more than 1,500 Crown Point Press-published prints in the collection.

This exhibition in the Anderson gallery shows the development of Close’s printmaking style at the Press from a tonal process that was akin to his photorealist tendencies to linear mark-making and exposition of the transfer grid that became the hallmark of his painting in the 1970s.

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