Local Art Publisher Last Gasp: final days of Kickstarter!

Last Gasp is in the home stretch of our Fall publishing campaign. There are just 3 DAYS LEFT to claim great rewards: new books from Camille Rose Garcia, Skinner, Ron English, Jay Howell, Thanatos Archive, Henry Sultan, + Mike Davis; original art from Winston Smith & Joe Sorren; admittance to a crazy party with drink-pouring robots, "Ride Along With Ron", and more! ENDS THURS. OCT 16th at 3PM! DETAILS

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Art Silicon Valley: S.F. fair an effort to tap into tech

Ai Weiwei has turned Alcatraz into a site-specific installation about freedom and human rights. The Anderson Collection, one of the country’s most valuable private collections of modern and contemporary art, has opened at Stanford University. And this weekend, Art Miami, a powerhouse in the contemporary and modern art fair scene, is dipping its toes into the West Coast art scene with Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco.

“Everybody wants to be a part of what’s happening here, which is the most creative community globally right now, specifically with regard to the tech sector ... the energy, so to speak,” said Nick Korniloff, the director and partner of Art Miami and the founder of Art SV/SF, which will present contemporary and modern art at the San Mateo Event Center. ---continue reading

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SF artists’ last stand emerges in the gritty Tenderloin

Every year, it is becoming more and more expensive to live in San Francisco. This

economic truth does not appear to be changing, yet the faces of many of The City's beloved neighborhoods are.

As the forces of development and venture capitalism shake the very core of The City's identity, some of its more creative denizens may seem more like a dying breed than part of a burgeoning art movement.

Take the Tenderloin. It's one of San Francisco's most culturally rich neighborhoods that is also a national historic landmark. The tiny triangular neighborhood bordered by Market Street to the south, Van Ness Avenue to the west and Geary Street to the north is one of The City's densest. Many homeless people take shelter there, drug dealers visibly transact sales on sidewalks, and petty crime is disproportionately high. ---continue reading

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'Fake street art sucks': Perrier replaces Williamsburg's Nelson Mandela mural

Advertisers who imitate street art as they assault its tenets have gone too far. They can have their billboards and bus stops, but need to give back our streets.

Walking around the artistic quarter of Williamsburg in New York, known for its experimental graffiti, which ranges from stylized texts and tags to posters, stencils and stickers, there are now massive painted murals from Perrier, Volkswagen and Red Bull on the walls of old warehouses.

In the nearby neighbourhood of Greenpoint, a wall that once held a beautiful and powerful image of Nelson Mandela has been painted over by a massive advertisement for Perrier. -continue reading

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9/26 - Photo "Pin-Up Show"

We've partnered with the SF based photo lab, Dickerman Prints, to bring a "pin-up" one-night-only photo show where viewers bring in their own pictures to pin to the walls ~details

All are welcome, 50% of sales will go to benefit the not-for-profit 6th Street Photo Workshop which brings photography to the residents of the 6th st corridor.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. You bring the artwork (please no prints over 16"x20")

Friday, Sept 26th (6-9pm), Dickerman Prints, 1141 Howard St. (between 7th and 8th) - RSVP on FB

 

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10/3 - John Felix Arnold III @FFDG

John Felix Arnold III, solo show
“No Destination”
October 3 – November 1, 2014
Opening reception: Fri., October 3rd (6-9pm) 

 @FFDG, San Francisco

Preview inquiries: info@ffdg.net
San Francisco, CA -- FFDG is pleased to present Oakland-based artist John Felix Arnold III in his first solo show with the gallery entitled “No Destination” including paintings, fabricated found wood assemblages, works on paper, small sculptural works, and sound. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd (6-9pm). Beer and wine will be available. John Felix Arnold III will be present.

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Will Artists Be Squeezed Out of the Bay Area?

Charith Premawardhana has had enough of San Francisco. After 10 years in the Bay Area he has decided to move on — for a variety of reasons and some very personal, but not least because finding a place to live at a reasonable price has become so difficult.

It may also be fair to say Premawardhana, despite all of his education, all of his acumen as a musician and entrepreneur, and all of his indoctrination into the importance of community building, is tired of the artist’s struggle, itself. Life in the garret, with its once alluring blend of purity and grit, is no longer so interesting. ~continue reading

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The Art Business of Jeremy Fish

Thanks to Alan Bamberger of Art Business for rolling through the opening of jeremy Fish's Yesterdays and Tomorrows @FFDG (running through Sept 13th).

Comment by AB: "An impressive 20-year survey of work by Jeremy Fish features a solid wall of ink drawings, chronologically ordered, along with a selection of larger pieces along the opposite wall. Bask in the talent and imagination of this truly gifted artist. Definitely worth a visit."

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Jeremy Fish & Volkswagon

Volkswagon asked JeremyVille, Jeremy Fish, Jeff Soto, Cody Hudson and Andrew Bannecker to each design a VW Golf for their city - Here's Fish's San Francisco themed VW Golf below.

Speaking of jeremy Fish, his show "Yesterdays and Tomorrows" is set to end this Saturday, Sept 13th. If you've yet to see the show, get to FFDG in SF's Mission district to view it. 2277 Mission St.

You can also view some of the show here online and purchase original drawings and prints at FFDG.NET

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It's taggers vs. artists in San Francisco's graffiti war

A CNN article on muralists verse taggers and how taggers are going over some of the city's great (and not-so-great) murals.

Now, however, a rolling population of taggers has been wreaking havoc on many of the best murals, by hurriedly spray-painting initials, names, words, acronyms and other lettering across the majestic urban displays. -via CNN

You know, you may not like it, but we thought going over a mural (even a wack one) was out of the question. The city doesn't have older graffiti dudes (and dudettes) to keep the youngins in check... Maybe the older crews (like many artists) were pushed out of SF a long time ago.

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These Street Artists Claim Cavalli Ripped Off Their SF Mural

Have you seen this Revok, Reyes, and Steel mural on Mission? Oh, you have? Then you might have something in common with Roberto Cavalli. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio is suing the Italian designer in federal court for copyright infringement, claiming that his Spring 2014 Just Cavalliclothing and accessories collection ripped off their work.

Jason "Revok" WilliamsVictor "Reyes" Chapa, and Jeffrey "Steel" Rubin claim that Just Cavalli copied their design for a "Graffiti" collection without their knowledge or permission, defaced the design by rearranging some of the elements, superimposed the Just Cavalli name in spray-paint style "as if [it] were part of the original work," and added "what appears to be a signature, creating the false impression that Roberto Cavalli himself was the artist."

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