A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but can it compete with a reader’s imagination?
Maps promote the notion of consensus reality. Artists, the cartographers of our no-consensus zones, remind us that there is no such thing.
Bostwick’s cast-relief sculptures evoke a sense of nostalgia for the visual language of architectural drawing and the structures that once arose from them.
A painter of resplendent abstract landscapes, Bluhm displays an unpretentious, off-kilter virtuosity, painting for the sheer thrill of it.
How art can address the environmental crisis? Thirteen shows demonstrate. Maria Porges reports.
Whether he’s building massive steel sculptures or afixing oil-stick coated canvases to walls, Richard Serra is, at root, about drawing.
Are we witnessing a deep rethinking of the historical enterprise of abstract painting? Mark Van Proyen investigates.
Oliveira’s finest late paintings are magisterial, poignant and profound. More spirit than corporeal, they are exquisite contemplations of mortality.
“DeFeo”, a prelude to the artist’s 2012 retrospective at SFMOMA, is a show of mostly small works that offer insight into the artist’s remarkable mind.
Her lucid-dream drawings appear to be anodyne at first glance. But they’re not. Look closely and shudder as you see yourself inside of them.
Michele Pred takes objects confiscated by security personnel at San Francisco Airport and turns them into assemblages that bring us face to face with the security state we have become.
If “talking about art is like trying to French kiss over the telephone,” then what is making art about Antonin Artaud like? Ben Marks looks at Allen’s take on the celebrated French poet.
Gleason continues to stretch the limits of abstract painting, this time by applying acid-etched molten silver to canvases that range in mood from lyrical to post-apocalyptic.
Hanna Hannah explores what’s left of the powers of dissonance by framing news-media images of war and other assorted tragedies against floral backgrounds.
From the sublime to the ridiculous and from failed comedy to philosophical musings on nature, BAN6 presents a scatter shot but compelling view of Bay Area art.
This Swatch of an exhibition, ready-made for hedge-fund consumption, still held plenty to savor. Mark Van Proyen reports.