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October 11, 2018, 5:27pm

NAP Artist on View: Taravat Talepasand

New American Paintings alum Taravat Talepasand (Pacific Coast #43 and #79, MFA Annual 2007) is featured in Bay Area Now 8, the Yerba Buena Center For the Arts' triennial featuring the top artists, architects, and designers in the Bay Area.  

Bay Area Now 8
September 7, 2018 - March 24, 2019

For more information please visit:

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415 978 2700

 

Taravat Talepasand
Trump Runner, Made in Iran
2018
cotton tapestry, made in Iran
108 x 20 inches

photo courtesy of the artist

 

October 20, 2015, 10:08am

Paintings For The Future: Shannon Finley at Jessica Silverman Gallery

If you get up close to Shannon Finley’s paintings, on view at Jessica Silverman Gallery through October 29, you’ll catch a glimpse of the warp and weft of the canvas beneath all that color. It’s there, visible along the very edges of the work where the stretcher bars made tight contact with Finley’s pallette knife and squeezed out all the paint. But from the distance of your monitor you may not even realize that the slick compositions are paintings at all -- they originate on Finley’s computer, all polygons and symmetry and speaking a kind of digital language. Take one step closer and they’re unmistakably beautiful paintings, as engrossing and aesthetically wrought as large beautiful paintings tend to be. One step closer still and they performatively reveal their material processes -- scrapes from the palette knife trace the artist’s path, and dried globules of paint point to a temporal kind of accumulation. And the support, that canvas I mentioned earlier, begins to allude to that postmodernist bent of turning painting inside out, of making paintings that reveal themselves via their own constitution. But that’s not quite what’s happening here. At least not exactly. - Matt Smith Chavez, San Francisco Contributor


Installation view of “Paintings For the Future.” 2015. Courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery and the artist.

Listed under: Review

July 17, 2015, 9:41am

Printmaking, Abstraction: “Zero to One on Paper” at Ratio 3

There’s a piece of public art installed in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco that is quintessential Richard Serra. Two 80-ton steel slabs emerge from ground at a slight angle, tilting vertically as they extend 50 feet into the air. Like other works by Serra these are experiential sculptures, un-monuments meant to affect the way we perceive the space around them. That work is titled “Ballast,” referencing the performative heft of the piece as it serves as a kind of anchor in a transitive cityscape. Serra’s etchings at “Zero to One on Paper,” on view at Ratio 3 through August 21, share the same name, though in this case the titles are “Ballast II” and “Ballast III”. Like his  public sculpture at Mission Bay the works at Ratio 3 are monolithic and textural, anchor-like in the expansive gallery space that also has works by a host of painters and other artists making editioned work on paper. - Matt Smith Chavez, San Francisco Contributor


Zero to One on Paper, July 2 – August 21, 2015, Installation view: Ratio 3, San Francisco, Courtesy of the gallery

Listed under: Review

October 19, 2011, 9:05am

Jay DeFeo at Hosfelt Gallery

In 1959 Jay DeFeo and her then-husband Wally Hedrick received a letter from Bruce Conner, inducting them into the Rat Bastard Protective Association, of which he was the President, and suggesting that they start paying dues. Other original members included Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Jess Collins. The group of about eight artists exhibited together in San Francisco throughout the 50s and 60s, meeting every couple of weeks at each other’s apartments and studios. They formed at a time when the Beat artists were gaining prominence in San Francisco, and began to be somewhat of a spectacle.

Listed under: Review

September 01, 2011, 10:00am

Must-See Paintings Show: September

The art world comes alive again in September, as galleries reopen and collectors return from far flung locations. We reviewed upcoming September exhibitions at more than 400 galleries around the country, and there will be a lot of painting on view.

As is typical, many galleries are bringing out the big guns for the new season - from Agnes Martin at The Pace Gallery in New York to a well structured survey of Bay Area figurative painter, Nathan Oliveira, at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. Among the shows opening by emerging artists, it is hard to ignore the trend towards abstract painting that has swept over the art world.

July 29, 2011, 10:38am

Jesse Thomas at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

We were excited to find coverage of Jesse Thomas’s exhibition at Eleanor Harwood Gallery on Fecal Face. Our staff also had the pleasure of seeing Jesse's work at the NEXT art fair in Chicago when he showed with Robert Bills Contemporary, so we know they are really great in person. Thomas, a St. Louis based artist, will be featured in the upcoming New American Paintings Midwest Issue, #95, due to hit newsstands on August 9th.

Listed under: By the Book

May 19, 2011, 12:35pm

Painting in a New Light: Michael Guidetti

Michael Guidetti, Untitled (Standards), 2009 | Watercolor on canvas with animated digital projection, 30 x 40 inches; Approx 3 hour loop [VIDEO] (via Rhizome)

Listed under: Art World

May 03, 2011, 11:16am

In the Studio: Pamela Wilson-Ryckman

Pamela Wilson-Ryckman, Looter, 2010 | Watercolor on paper, 22.5 x 30 inches. Courtesy the artist.

I recently caught up with San Francisco-based artist Pamela Wilson-Ryckman in her studio—one of many housed in converted horse stables that still bear the high ceilings and large wooden barn doors of their original structure.

Listed under: Art World, In the Studio, Q&A

April 06, 2011, 1:10pm

Nancy White at Jancar Jones

Nancy White, #10 (Green Yellow), 2011 | Acrylic on paper mounted board, 9 x 7.5 inches. Courtesy Jancar Jones Gallery, San Francisco.

Listed under: Art World

March 10, 2011, 11:42am

Alexander Kori Girard at Triple Base

Alexander Kori Girard, System of Space 3, 2010 | Gouache on watercolor paper, 30 x 23 inches. Courtesy the artist and Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco.

Listed under: Art World

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