Monday, February 25, 2013

BAM/PFA, Crown Point Press, SJMA & Dolby Chadwick

Back in the saddle again with lots of really interesting and cutting edge art - unfortunately, I can't pronounce half the names.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: 'Morakot (Emerald)': A renowned Thai artist's 2007 projected video installation reanimates with sound and image a derelict Bangkok hotel that once served as a haven in the 1980s for Cambodian refugees fleeing invasion by Vietnam. Through April 21. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. $7-$10. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-0808.

William Brice. Untitled #9 (Two Elements), 1990. Color soft ground etching with soap ground and spit bite aquatints. 4 x 6". Edition 15. Published by Crown Point Press. Printed by Pamela Paulson.

Small Gems: A Winter Group Show: Prints by William Bailey, Sol LeWitt, Wayne Thiebaud, Tony Cragg and others, including Richard Tuttle's entire suite inspired by the alphabet make a stirring survey. Through March 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Crown Point Press
Alex Kanevsky at Dolby Chadwick Gallery: “The Fox and the Hedgehog." The show’s title is an allusion to the aphorism “the fox knows many little things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing,” commonly attributed to the Greek poet Archilochus.

Kanevsky’s pigment is applied with visible strokes and counterstrokes, which gives substance to his forms. He avoids strong contour lines, leaving his edges blurry. There is also an all-pervasive light in many of his works, though the illumination is not all-revealing. Instead, strongly communicating an emotional climate, the paintings are endowed with a sense of mystery. (from Art in America, January 2011).

Huang Yan. Spring, "The Four Seasons," 2005. Chromogenic print
39 × 31 5/16 inches. Collection of Dale and Doug Anderson. Photo: Kelly Marin, Inc

The San Jose Museum of Art: "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography" showcases images by photographers working in mainland China between the years 2000 and 2012—both Years of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac. The exhibition includes more than one hundred photographs by 36 Chinese artists. Many of these photographers revive social-documentary photography and experiment with new, digital photographic processes to explore common concerns such as the alteration of the natural environment or the erosion of cultural heritage in an increasingly globalized society. Several of the artists have long careers and established names, but have only recently been discovered by museums and galleries in the United States.

“Undercurrents of China’s rich artistic legacyare present in many of the portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and scenes of daily modern life,” said Rory Padeken, curatorial assistant at SJMA. “Yet these images also often seem to fast-forward into the future with a very “now” visual style filled with humor, artifice, and pop excess.”

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