Archive | February, 2013

Kehinde Wiley @ Contemporary Jewish Museum

In a blend of court painting and Social Realism, Wiley casts winsome black and brown males as power figures. Maria Porges reports.

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In Memoriam: Mercury News Art Critic Jack Fischer, 59

He brought to art criticism the experience and instincts of a pre-blogosphere print reporter. Patricia Albers recalls Fischer’s keen insights and sharp wit.

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Unphoto-graphable @ Fraenkel

Fact and fiction blur in a museum-quality show that gives shape to the inaccessible, the invisible and the incomprehensible.

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Irving Marcus @ b. sakata garo

For 35 plus years Marcus has been painting dark allegories populated by demons, geishas, beasts and innocents. He’s 84, and his work still packs a wallop.

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Gordon Onslow-Ford @ Weinstein

He created works that transcended self-consciousness to reveal a world of pure spirit. Mark Van Proyen reports on this superbly chosen retrospective.

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Kris Lyons, Mark Boguski & Patrick Marasso @ JAYJAY

Pushing the boundaries of their respective forms, these artists issue a triple-pronged sensory wake-up call.

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Poetics of Construction @ Haines

This superb group show featuring Ai Weiwei, Camille Utterback David Nash, Andy Goldsworthy and others samples the infinite modalities of artmaking. Sarah Hotchkiss reports.

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Amy Trachtenberg @ Brian Gross

With process painting, photomechanical and architectural techniques, Trachtenberg evokes the experience of the Indian subcontinent.

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