Marc Katano and Robert Wilhite at Minnesota Street Project


Wirtz Art presents two new exhibitions by Marc Katano and Robert Wilhite


Marc Katano
Marc Katano’s work is focused on the act of inscription. Though he grew up in Japan and spoke Japanese, he never learned to read and write the language. To him, the Kanji characters and writing in Hiragana and Katakana looked like pictures, or orderly scribbling and inspired his compositions. The marks have no meaning beyond themselves. The same shapes, forms, or vocabulary repeat, changing and developing over time.

Click HERE to visit the exhibition page.


Robert Wilhite
Robert Wilhite dismisses traditional hierarchical distinctions between fine art and functional objects and applies an equal intensity to both. His 45 year, multi-disciplined career includes sculpture, painting, drawing, design, and both theatrical and sound performances. He often creates total environments, in which all objects fit the purpose of the space.

Click HERE to visit Wilhite’s artist page.


Both exhibitions will run September 8 through October 6, 2018.

Opening: Saturday, September 8th, 5-8pm

Wirtz Art
Minnesota Street Project – Gallery 200
1275 Minnesota Street Project
San Francisco, CA


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Larry Sultan's Swimmers


Larry Sultan, Swimmers at Galerie Thomas Zander

Cologne, Germany

May 26 – August 25, 2018

The celebrated Brooklyn-born photographer Larry Sultan (1946-2009) used his “Swimmers” series to move away from his conceptual documentary collaborations based on found materials to a more sensual perception of everyday life. Inspired by a Red Cross swimming manual, his collection of photographs of people learning to swim in San Francisco public pools— taken between 1978 and 1982 — saw him submerge himself in the pool to become “a subject in the drama rather than a witness”. Sultan’s subjects appear to be unaware of the camera, blurring the lines between the public and the private.

Click HERE to learn more about the exhibition, and HERE to view more of Sultan’s work on our Artsy site.

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The House Imaginary at SJMA


In a new exhibition at the San José Museum of Art, artists use the idea of the single-family house to explore memory, identity, and belonging. The House Imaginary, on view April 20, 2018, through August 19, 2018, comprises 45 international works in a variety of media from the 1970s to the present. It explores the house as an architectural and psychological space resonant in discussions around immigration, urban planning, and other social issues. The exhibition includes favorites from the Museum’s permanent collection by Mildred Howard, Bill Owens, and Clare Rojas; new acquisitions by Tabaimo and Won Ju Lim making their SJMA debuts; and works on loan by such artists as Do Ho Suh, Mike Kelley, Rachel Whiteread, and Zarina.

Curator Lauren Schell Dickens has assembled a survey of contemporary artists whose work, like Larry Sultan’s “The Valley,” pokes around and peers inside actual houses in order to de- and reconstruct our memories of home. Also included are Todd Hido and Wolf von dem Bussche.

On Thursday, May 10, at 12:30 PM, Lauren Schell Dickens, curator, and Megan Colvard, regional director of PATH San Jose (People Assisting the Homeless), will give a gallery talk about the exhibition. The talk is included with Museum admission.

For more, check out KQED Art’s article “The Meaning of the Single Family Home at the San Jose Museum.”

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Todd Hido Awarded Carte Blanche for the 2018 Recontres d'Arles Festival


Todd Hido, Untitled #11627-1071, 2017.

Todd Hido has been awarded the Olympus Carte Blanche for the Les Recontres de la Photographie 2018 festival in Arles, France. With free reign to make work using new Olympus camera technology, Hido will continue his intimate and personal quest for another face of America, exploring in a new light his obsession for portraiture, female faces, postures and looks. Struck by the dazzling light of Classical paintings in the South of France, Hido created a dark but bright room in in his home in San Francisco, to wrap his models in soft light.

The exhibition is curated by Fannie Escoulen, and produced by Olympus.

The 49th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles will take place from July 2 to September 23, 2018.

To view more of Hido’s work, check out our Artsy page.

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Mark Steinmetz Finds Beauty at the Atlanta Airport


Mark Steinmetz: Terminus
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

For the High Museum‘s “Picturing the South” series of commissions, photographer Mark Steinmetz chooses to focus on a place one does not usually enjoy–the airport, specifically Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, the most heavily trafficked airport in the world. Steinmetz closely considers the activity and interactions that take place at this crossroads of the contemporary South in 60 never-before-exhibited photographs.

The exhibition will run through June 3, 2018.

Click HERE to read Virginie Kippelen’s interview with the artist in ArtsAtl.

Click HERE to view more of Steinmetz’ work on our Artsy site.


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Marc Katano at Leslie Sacks


Marc Katano, Zinc, 1998. Acrylic on paper 44 x 32 inches.

Marc Katano at Leslie Sacks Gallery, Los Angeles

March 3 through April 14, 2018


Leslie Sacks Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, B6
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Artist Talk with Marc Katano
Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM

Visit our Artsy site to learn more about Katano’s work.
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Peter Mitchell's "Viking 4 Space Mission" at Belfast Exposed Gallery


Viking 4 in Belfast

Belfast Exposed presents, A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission by Peter Mitchell, the first major solo exhibition of the British colour documentary photographer on the island of Ireland.

January 12 – February 24, 2018

Click HERE to view available Mitchell works on our Artsy site.


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Jim Goldberg’s "Rich and Poor" resonates as economic gap continues to widen


Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor reveals heartbreaking personal narratives of haves and have nots

January 24 – April 8, 2018
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Presented with Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography
Curated by Paul Roth and Ilana Shamoon, assisted by Christine McLean

From 1977 to 1985, photographer Jim Goldberg worked with both impoverished and affluent residents of California’s San Francisco Bay area to realize the series Rich and Poor. His powerful portraits, inscribed with revealing self-observations by the people he photographed, captured the social and economic divide increasingly prevalent in the United States.

“…Goldberg’s project is on perhaps its fullest public view ever and its timing is uncanny: 40-plus images, as well as his notes and planning documentation as he prepared to embark on what, even then, struck him as an unbridgeable rift between have and have not that’s since widened by a staggering degree.”

Read Murray White’s review of the exhibition, and click HERE to view Goldberg’s works on our Artsy site.

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Raymond Saunders in Way Bay at BAMPFA


Raymond Saunders featured in survey of Bay Area Art

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) opens its 2018 exhibition program with a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past 200 years. An innovatively organized exhibition of art and film, plus poetry, performance documentation, and archival materials, Way Bay features nearly 200 works that reveal the depth and diversity of artists’ engagement with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape.

January 24 – June 3, 2018.

Click HERE to view Saunders’ works on our Artsy site.

Click HERE for Way Bay press release.

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Robert Wilhite: New Wirtz Artist


Robert Wilhite: New Wirtz Artist

We are pleased to be representing Robert Wilhite, whose 45-year career includes sculpture, painting, drawing, design, and both theatrical and sound performances.

To view more of Wilhite’s work on our Artsy page, click HERE.

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