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Friday, November 28th, 2008

Bobby Hutton Benefit Featuring McGee, Swoon + more

The Bobby Hutton Memorial Benefit art exhibit opens tomorrow, Nov. 29, at the Luggage Store in San Francisco. Hutton was amongst the earliest members of the Black Panther Party, who lost his life at the age of 16 during a 1968 confrontation with police.  Proceeds from the show (not auction) will help fund the completion of a memorial sculpture which will be placed in Oakland California’s (the birthplace of the Panthers) De Fremery Park.

The exhibit includes works for sale by Barry McGee, Swoon, Rigo 23, Andrew Schoultz, Date Farmers, Monica Canilao, and many others. The Luggage Store opening will be followed by a party at On Six Gallery, and will feature a performance by Digital Underground.

Here’s a brief biography of Hutton, courtesy of Babylon Falling:

For those of you who might be familiar with the name but not the story, Lil’ Bobby Hutton was the first member of the Black Panther Party and was also the first Party member murdered by the police. Having joined the Panthers as a 15 year old, by the time of his death in 1968 (just two weeks shy of turning 17) Lil’ Bobby was the Treasurer of a rapidly growing organization. Although the circumstances leading up to the confrontation that resulted in his death are the subject of dispute, there is no confusion over the fact that members of the Oakland and Emeryville Police Departments gunned down (12 shots, the first to the head at point blank range) an unarmed black teenager who had surrendered and was in their custody. His murder was the catalyst that increased the urgency and the intensity of the implementation of the Black Panther Party platform.

Bobby Hutton Memorial Benefit
organized by Sham Saenz
Nov. 29
Art Show and Sale
8 – 10 pm
Luggage Store
1007 Market St. (at 6th)

After Party
10pm – 2 am
On Six Gallery
60 6th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


Friday, October 31st, 2008

Must See::Jim Houser at White Walls SF

We previously told you about Awful MountainJim Houser and Richard Colman’s upcoming joint show at White Walls in San Francisco. Here are some wonderful shots the gallery sent over (thanks goes out to Jeff Luger) of Jim working on his installation, as well as some of the individual pieces available.

Jim’s installations are fantastically inspirational, and he possesses the unique ability to create an environment that is at once warm and welcoming, yet thought provoking an densely layered. Through his use of reoccurring characters, symbols, and text, Jim has created a language and ongoing narrative that is distinctly his own, and represents a form of pure artistic and emotional expression that is often void from much contemporary illustrative art today. Simply put, he is one of our favorite working artists. Read on for more images of the installation in progress.

Richard Colman and Jim Houser – Awful Mountain
Opening: Nov. 1, 7 – 11pm
White Walls SF
835 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA, 94109

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Funhouse w/ Matt Leines, Taylor McKimens, Ben Jones + more

Funhouse opens this Friday at Parklife in San Francisco. With the lineup of artists, this one’s got a lot of potential. 

Funhouse w/ Taylor McKimens, Matt Leines, Misaki Kawai, Kathy Grayson, Carly Haffner, Ben Jones, and Don Porcella
Opening Oct. 24, 2008, 7pm
220 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118 

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Margaret Kilgallen Theft

We just got word that these two pieces by the late Margaret Kilgallen were stolen from Gallery 16 in San Francisco, on the morning of Oct. 15. The pieces belong to the gallery’s owner, who was a personal friend of Kilgallen’s, and were being exhibited as part of the 15 Years of Gallery 16 anniversary show. Anyone with information should contact vanessa@gallery16.com  

Some people are just despicable…

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Barry McGee Video Interview@ Ratio3

Northern California public television station, KQED, has posted a wonderful new video interview with Barry McGee. Footage was shot at McGee’s current exhibit, A Moment for Reflection: New Works by Lydia Fong, at Ration 3 Gallery in the artist’s home-town of San Francisco. The 7+ minute feature showcases some great views of McGee’s installation and sheds further light on the transitional phase he seems to be in.

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

And Now…Lydia Fong

Barry McGee presents A Moment for Reflection,  a fresh installation at Ratio 3 Gallery, in his hometown of San Francisco. For the exhibit, McGee adds to his catalog of aliases, employing the name Lydia Fong. The new moniker represents a stylistic progression the artist has been alluding to in multiple interviews over the past year. With his popular characters and floating heads on retreat, more abundant geometric tape paintings, and a new vocabulary of stymbols taking center stage, McGee’s art seems to be moving towards increased abstarction. Visit the Ratio 3′ site for more images and a full installation view. Exhibit runs Sept 6 – Oct 18.


Thursday, September 4th, 2008

And We’re Off….

September marks the official end of summer and the start of the coming gallery season. Below is a non-inclusive list of September openings on The Art Collectors‘ radar. Individual reports to come…

Chris JohansonTotalities. Deitch Projects (Wooster St), Sept 4 – Oct 18.
Mel Kadel and Suzanne Sattler – Swirl of Swarm. Cinders, Sept 5 – Oct 5
Power and Currency featuring Aiko, D*Face, Espo, Gaia, Peripheral Media Projects, and more. Factory Fresh, Sept 5 – Oct 3.
Greg SimkinsIt Wanders East / David Choong LeeVillage of Wind. Joshua Liner Gallery, Sept 6 – Oct 4.
Camile Rose GarciaAmbien Sonambulants. Jonathan Levine Gallery, Sept 6 – Oct 4.
Dark Pop featuring Ron English, Esao Andrews, Jeff McMillan, Chris Stain, Gary Taxali and more. Last Rites Gallery, Sept 6 – Oct. 18.
Swoon Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea / Dzine – The Beautiful Struggle. Deitch Projects (Long Island City), Sept 7 – Oct 18.
David La ChappelleAuguries of Innocence. Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Sept 12 – Oct 24.
The London Police, Eine, Pez, Flying FortressAd Hoc Art, Sept 12 – Oct 12.
Shut Up and Look. Brooklynite Gallery, Sept 13 – Oct 11 (with an opening performance by Soulsonic Force).

Andrew SchoultzIn Gods We Trust. Marx + Zavattero, San Francisco, Sept 4 – Oct 25.
Macrocosm featuring Barry McGee, Kehinde Wiley, Ai Yamaguchi, Matt Leines, Andrew Schoultz, Jimmy Baker and more. Roberts + Tilton, Culver City Sept 6 – Oct 13.
Lydia Fong (Barry McGee) A Moment for Reflection. Ratio 3, San Francisco, Sept 5 – Oct 18.
Andrew Jeffrey WrightArt for Corporations. Luggage Store, San Francisco, Sept 12 – Oct 12.
Shepard Fairey The Duality of Humanity. White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, Sept 13 – Oct 4.
FuturaStrategic Synchronicity. Presented by KRUNK. Location TBA, Los Angeles, Sept 18- Sept 21.

AJ FosikStiff Meat. Galerie LJ Beaubourg, Paris, France, Sept 6 – 29.
Jeff Koons at the Palace of Versailles, Paris, France, Sept 10 -Dec. 14.
Steve PowersSeparating Light from Dark. Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy, Sept 10 – Oct 31
Dearraindrop Hidden In / Misaki KawaiFancy Pants. V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Sept 12 – Oct 11.
KAWSSaturated. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL, Sept. 20 – Oct – Nov 15.
Dave KinseyAlice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Sept 20 – Oct 25.
Rich JacobsThere Is Xerox on the insides of Your Eyelids. Andenken Gallery, Denver. Sept??


Monday, August 25th, 2008

Artists Take the Stage

Not only were attendees of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival witness to some great music this past weekend, but also to some elaborate stage designs by Matt Leines, Rich Jacobs, Thomas Campbell, Barry McGee, Jeff Canham, and Monica Canilao. Check out sketchypad here for the full report and interview with curator/participating artist Rich Jacobs.

Pictured above: Matt Leines and Barry Mcgee stage tapestries. Images via sketchypad