Raymond Saunders Public Art


Raymond Saunders featured as important Bay Area artist

City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon has initiated a revolving public art program that celebrates the East Bay’s cultural diversity  by featuring local artists whose works have boldly interpreted and brought to life the cultural richness of the region. Raymond Saunders, along with Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, and Paul Wonner is featured in rotating exhibits that will showcase the area’s outstanding innovations in science and technology, theatre companies and fine artists, musicians and athletes. Titled “The Slate,” the art program is a dramatic complement to the dazzling urban architecture of the new center, designed by the internationally famed Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Slate will operate as a revolving ‘canvas’ for notable contributions to local East Bay culture.

Click HERE to read an article on the program.

Click HERE to view works by Raymond Saunders on our Artsy site.

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Photographer Melanie Pullen's 'Unseen Stories' at Leica Gallery


Melanie Pullen’s latest photo series, “Unseen Stories” premieres at Leica Gallery, West Hollywood

September 20 – October 31, 2018
8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

A collection of photographs Pullen carefully selected from her fashion stories and other rarely seen pieces. Pullen’s photography is included in some of the most prominent museums and private collections around the world. Her work has been seen in VogueEsquireELLEW Magazine, the New York TimesVanity Fair and the Los Angeles Times.

“Unseen Stories” coincides with Pullen’s work being included in the “Icons of Style: 100 Years of Fashion Photography” at the Getty Museum. This is all part of her fine-art photography. She has published two photography books, and her third book is coming out later this year.

Check out the online exhibition, Classic Melanie Pullen

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Ulrike Palmbach at the Buck Institute


Thinking Structure

October 27-November 30, 2018

Buck Institute
‎8001 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94945

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion:
Saturday October 27,  3:00-5:00 pm

Closing Reception:
Friday November 30 , 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hours:  Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission

Contact: 415-209-2000
Email: info@buckinstitute.org
Buck Institute Website

The title Thinking Structure refers to the architectural space as well as to the function of the research institute that the artists are responding to in the selection or even production of artwork for this show, curated by Ann-Marie Stöhr. All six artists are showing new work that tackles the idea of structure in different ways.  Including works by Kirk Stoller, Linda Geary, Sabine Reckewell, Ann-Marie Stöhr, Andy Vogt, Ulrike Palmbach.

Panel discussion with Eric Verdin, president of the Buck Institute and the participating artists on Saturday October 27th at 3pm.

Situated in the building designed by renowned architect I M Pei, the Buck Institute operates in a gorgeous building, with no right angles, where light is flooding into a spacious atrium and where the windows are framing the soft rolling hills of Novato.

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Michal Rovner awarded Israel's EMET Prize


The EMET Prize for Arts and Culture is an annual award given for excellence in academic and  professional achievements, which was presented to nine distinguished individuals in 2018. Rovner received the prize in the field of Culture and Art for photography.

In her words, “The power of art is that it touches people in an inexplicable way in a place that is underneath the details – away from their rational view and the usual ways that they see life and reality.”

See “Art, and Women, Making an Impact on the Landscape of Journalism” by Alan Rosenbaum for more details.

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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 grew up in Japan, where he attended American schools for US military dependents. Since English was his first language, all the signage off base looked like little pictures to him. Katano’s paintings are the manifestation of this early memory. 

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

Inquiries: kbarulich@wirtzgallery.com

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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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