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Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press (podcast)


Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press is celebrated by an array of public programs at the National Gallery of Art, including lectures, a concert, gallery talks, and a variety of offerings in the Gallery Shops. All programs are free of charge in the East Building Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Featuring 125 working proofs and edition prints produced between 1972 and 2010 at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, Yes, No, Maybe goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of decisions. The stages of intaglio printmaking reveal this process in very particular ways. Working proofs record occurrences both deliberate and serendipitous. They are used to monitor and steer a print’s evolution, prompting evaluation and approval, revision, or rejection. Each proof compels a decision: yes, no, maybe. Among the 25 artists represented are those with long ties to Crown Point Press—Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Chuck Close, and Sol LeWitt—as well as those whose association is more recent, such as Mamma Andersson, Julie Mehretu, Jockum Nordström, Laura Owens, and Amy Sillman.

The exhibition is on display at the National Gallery through January 5th, 2014.

Judith Brodie, curator and head, department of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art, and Adam Greenhalgh, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art
On view at the National Gallery of Art from September 1, 2013, through January 5, 2014, Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press features 125 working proofs and edition prints produced at this printmaking studio—one of the most influential of the last half century—by 25 artists between 1972 and 2010. The exhibition goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of decisions. In this lecture recorded on September 8, exhibition curators Judith Brodie and Adam Greenhalgh explain how the stages of intaglio printmaking reveal this process in very particular ways.




The Great Art That Landed at ArtPadSF


By all measure this year’s ArtPadSF was another huge success. This is a very different and casual art fair; held at the Phoenix Hotel it was a very laid back way to stroll and shop for art.


The San Francisco and Bay Area artists at the Tenderloin’s Gauntlet Gallery seem to pull no punches when it comes to making social and political statements with their art, very often with such bright and vivid palettes. I’m drawn right in by Chilean artist and illustrator Fab Ciraolo’s pop culture rendering of Frida Kahlo, Tracy Piper’s Tomahawk Man, and the impressive way painter Drew Young blends the look of “glitch art” and other digital stylizations into his work.

Fab Ciraolo, Gauntlet Gallery

Fab Ciraolo, Gauntlet Gallery

Tracy Piper, Gauntlet Gallery

Tracy Piper, Gauntlet Gallery


Over at Johansson Projects the large format work of David O’Brien explores the politics of human interaction and uses digital techniques to critique how these interactions are warped by digital networks. You get different points of view standing back and up close, as you do from a lot of artwork. O’Brien’s work leaves me feeling as though the artist makes a strong comment about people being joined together, yet floating and somehow lost.

David O'Brien, Johansson Projects

David O’Brien, Johansson Projects

David O'Brien, Johansson Projects

David O’Brien, Johansson Projects

A broad range of wonderful art can be seen at the Gregory Lind Gallery exhibit. Art by Christian Maychack is a highlight, as is the delightfully colorful abstract work of Jim Gaylord, whose undergraduate degree is in film, and much of his abstract work is based on imagery found within special effects or action sequences in films.

Christian Maychack, Lind Gallery

Christian Maychack, Lind Gallery


Jim Gaylord, Lind Gallery

Jim Gaylord, Lind Gallery

Again ArtPad was by all measure a success and seeing so much great art in one place was a tasty treat! Look forward to seeing you landing at the art pad next year.

SFMOMA To Launch Off-Site Programming with Major Outdoor Exhibition of Mark di Suvero’s Sculptures at Crissy Field Near Golden Gate Bridge

SFMOMA at Crissy Field

Partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Yearlong Waterfront Display at Crissy Field Will Be Free to Public

SFMOMA Installation at Crissy Field

It’s safe to say a museum like SFMOMA doesn’t do anything small, quiet or diminutive. If they’re closing for three years for one incredible expansion project and a series of off-site programming, they will do it large, with a very visible presence. Beginning officially on May 22nd through May 26, 2014, SFMOMA will present a major outdoor exhibition of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s works near the Golden Gate Bridge. Eight large scale steel sculptures will be installed at historic Crissy Field, and will be the largest display of di Suvero’s work every shown on the West Coast and free for all visitors. The exhibition coincides with the artist’s 80th birthday.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field continues the National Park Service and Parks Conservancy’s ongoing commitment and deep relationship with the city that is home to the Golden Gate National Parks. “Similar to the recent di Suvero presentation at Governors Island, this exhibition provides an opportunity to further explore how art can create a new understanding and appreciation for a historic landmark like Crissy Field,” said Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent, Frank Dean. “The fact that di Suvero is a sculptor with local roots and influences adds another dimension to the story,” he noted.

So if you’re in San Francisco, or traveling through the city, you’ll have trouble missing this exhibition, a celebration of five decades of work from this important artist.



SFAI MFA Show This Weekend – Currency at The Old Mint


Through Sunday, May, 19th
Exhibition hours: 11 am–6 pm daily

A lot of art going on this weekend, but this event is one to catch – the San Francisco Art Institute MFA show, Currency, a showcase of provocative new work from nearly 100 emerging artists. Chosen as a subject during a time of ongoing and changing economic conditions, this exhibition at The Old Mint offers a unique opportunity for SFAI’s artists to juxtapose contemporary expression with a stunning National Historic Landmark that was central to the country’s economic development.

SFAI’s 2013 MFA graduates—working in painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture, installation, digital media, performance, and across media—will present work that embraces the Institute’s signature spirit of experimentation and conceptual risk-taking. The result of an intense period of collaboration, critical engagement, and artistic development, the work reflects both current dialogues in contemporary art and strong individual points of view. In addition, many artists have created site-specific pieces that respond to the history, character, and physical spaces of The Old Mint.

SFAI has been at the vanguard of contemporary art for more than 140 years. Currency invites curators, collectors, critics, family, friends, and the general public to discover the next generation of pioneering artists from this celebrated institution.

At the opening reception, there is a suggested donation of $20 to support SFAI’s educational and public programs.

In conjunction with this event, SFAI is presenting Gala Vernissage—an exclusive opportunity to preview the 2013 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition.

Explore the exhibition catalogue:

Oh Say Can You See — Metallica Style, SF Giants Style



Original Photo: Getty Photos, Copyright 2013 at

New Art: In Search Of… #240


In Search of ... #240 New Art by Mark Gould


had a great time working on this one – an exploration within an exploration, searching within. Earth tones, terrestrial looking visual themes continue to be explored, a sense of movement – on the way somewhere, or watching others in motion.

Lost Heaven – Video for Ambient Music #2


video artist: Mark Gould


Instead of dissolves, I tried optical frame blending at the suggestion of someone on the Studio Artist users group forum. You get some interesting morph-like transitions which gives the piece a more organic feel. Thanks to Lucas. Images started as original photography, long exposures of lights and motion, then processed by the great paint synthesizer (and so much more,) Studio Artist by Synthetik,

For installation works my vision is that the change rate of the image would be slowed down considerably. Think about a painting in motion, but almost imperceptibly.

I’m using Creative Commons music from SoundCloud for the early parts of the project. I’m seeking to collaborate with a musician/composer and/or record label who has the need, or is interested in having a video that more closely matches the music. You can contact me using the contact page form here or email mark[at]sfsthetik[dot]com.

Music: Pacific by Psychadelik Pedestrian:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Released by toucanmusic,

For Brian.