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Cutie & The Boxer
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 28 February 2014 12:01

It's streaming on Netflix, it's been nominated for an Academy Award, so you've probably already seen this nice documentary, but if not, enjoy it sometime soon-

A look into the lives of struggling NYC based married artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. Heartfelt story which may give any young artist second thoughts when contemplating the life of a working artist. TRAILER

Noriko and Ushio Shinohara star in the Oscar nominated documentary "Cutie and the Boxer".

Dave Kinsey & Mercedes Benz
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 28 February 2014 08:24

Dave Kinsey (his '13 FFDG show) recently did the cover art for a Mercedes Benz mix tape and interview which can be read here.

Also in Dave Kinsey news, he just got back from Pow!Wow! in Hawaii where he finished this great mural.

Art galleries swallowed up by S.F. real estate boom
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:09

SAN FRANCISCO --- As a gallery owner, it's getting a bit lonely out here as many San Francisco institutions are forced to close and/ or move out of their spaces as tech companies expand and landlords are cashing in on higher and higher rents.

The San Francisco Chronicle today covers the closing of galleries out of 77 Geary ~Art galleries swallowed up by S.F. real estate boom

The George Krevsky Gallery, the Rena Bransten Gallery and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, all occupants of 77 Geary St., will be leaving soon to make way for their high-tech neighbor, MuleSoft, an Internet services company that needed to expand. ~continue reading

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

George Bush Solo Show
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:30

PRESIDENTIAL ART RELATED NEWS --- We're so ecstatic to report that the US 43rd president, George Bush, will be opening a show of 2 dozen new paintings in Dallas this April.

It's all so weird and slightly fascinating how his consciences is so vapid that he can paint sweet little pictures of dogs and birdies after all that he's been involved with. It shows how uninvolved and detached his soul was during those 8 years... Or maybe the simplicity of his painting is his escape from the moral turmoil he must be living through?!... Nah... Oh please oh please, can we get a press pass?!

Starting in early April, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy." The exhibit will focus on foreign policy and Bush's relationships with world leaders, according to a news release.

Two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits painted by Bush will be the highlight. The paintings will be "accompanied by artifacts, photographs and personal reflections to help illustrate the stories of relationships formed on the world stage," the news release said -READ ON

There is nothing ironic about loving the paintings of George W. Bush

Latest to Be Displaced in San Francisco’s Tech Boom: Art Galleries
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:59

SAN FRANCISCO BUMMER-TOWN --- The impact of the technology business on soaring residential real estate prices in San Francisco has gotten lots of attention during the past year. But the tech boom also is one factor driving a sharp rise in commercial real estate in the city and, now, is displacing a handful of long-established downtown art galleries.

Is San Francisco losing its soul? <-- via The Guardian

77 Geary Street, home of several art galleries displaced by a technology firm.

Several galleries on the second floor of 77 Geary St. were notified in January they'd have to leave space some of them have occupied for decades to make room for a tech tenant.

Trish Bransten, director of the Rena Bransten Gallery, said the galleries got an eviction notice effective Valentine's Day. The reason: the software and consulting firm Mulesoft, which began renting space in the building several years ago, is taking over the whole floor. Bransten says Mulesoft is offering more than double the rent for her space, which the gallery has occupied for 27 years. -CONTINUE READING

BLIK, Removable Wall Graphics
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:03

We've been fans of Bilk, the maker of self-adhesive, removable surface graphics, for years. They got loads of designs and original art patterns to choose from including some from Upper Playground, Sanrio, Keith Haring Estate, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames - and so many more.

We're privy to this one by Jim Houser, one of five available. -- Blik can also print your own designs as well. Check it.

Removeable wall designs by Jim Houser through Blik

$100,000 GRANT for Mid-Market
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 21 February 2014 16:03

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is looking for arts and technology visionaries to collaborate on large scale, high impact light, media or visual art installations in San Francisco's Central Market District.


The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that will activate key blocks of Central Market with impactful arts programming and contribute to the area' s vibrancy and identity as an arts and technology district. Interested applicants and/or organizations should focus on the theme of Imagining Central Market, a new initiative designed to encourage interaction and dialogue around the concepts of identity and place. The organization or team selected will be awarded $100,000 to use toward the realization of their project.

CCA MFA Open Studios this Sunday, the 23rd
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:46

Wanna see some of the best new work being made in San Francisco? CCA is hosting an Open Studios with its MFA students this Sunday Feb 23rd (1-4pm) at its 8th St campus ~DETAILS

We're sure there's some crud in there, but you're also likely to find a few of the next Bay Area art stars too. Grab an afternoon coffee, chat with the students and see what the next generation is banging out.

CCA MFA Open Studios is like a box of chocolates...

LUDO & Kevin Cyr @Jonathan Levine
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:42

NYC --- We've featured Paris based street artist LUDO for some time and his bright green massive wheatpastes thrown up about Europe. His solo show at White Walls here in SF ran back in

LUDO along with Kevin Cyr will be opening two solo shows at NYC's Jonathan Levine this Thursday, Feb 20th. ~COMPLETE DETAILS

Work by LUDO

Work by Kevin Cyr

$$$$ & Banksy
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:09

Another Banksy from his NYC "show" is off to auction.

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