Oakland revived by Art Murmur

Oakland at the turn of the millennium looked very different from the city that was ranked as one of the top places to go in 2012 by the New York Times. Since then, the sparse neighborhoods of desolate buildings and fast food restaurants have been replaced by art galleries, restaurants
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Oakland Art Murmur: October

Here is our preview of new shows to see this Friday at Oakland Art Murmur. On the first friday of every month, numerous galleries around the intersection of Telegraph and 23rd St. open their doors from 6-9 p.m. for Oakland Art Murmur.  To read our descriptions of the shows, click on
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‘Stand Tall Pt. III’ features diverse set of artists

As artists entered Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery last week, they were met with a narrow strip of white wall outlined by blue masking tape. They found their spots — labeled with their names scribbled on used-up BART tickets — and got to work installing their pieces. Over the course
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Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 3, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of anonymous donors and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Lebbeus Woods

SFMOMA’s ‘Field Conditions’ examines perception

The modern environment is akin to chaos. Cities are now nearly defined by the massive billboards and glaring lights that distort their buildings. According to architect Stan Allen’s essay “Field Conditions,” places that were once familiar, organized and definite no longer exist. Amid modernization and globalization, our established culture and
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Pro Arts Gallery 2x2 Solo Amy M. Ho Lordy Rodriguez

Postcards depict Pacific garbage island

In the North Pacific waters between the coasts of San Francisco and Hawaii, there is a massive vortex of swirling trash, a giant island of plastic. Ocean currents trap years of pollution into these trash formations, which occur throughout our oceans. When a massive tsunami rocked Pacific waters in 2011,
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BAM showcases urban artist Barry McGee

There’s probably no place, besides the city streets, more appropriate for a Barry McGee showcase than the Berkeley Art Museum. With its towering concrete levels and labyrinthine structure, BAM is impressive, flexible and ultimately urban in its aesthetic. Coincidentally, San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee’s work embodies all those characteristics and,
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De Young features early Chuck Close prints

“Keith” is nearly four feet by three feet in dimension, a black and white portrait print. The mouth seems almost faded, a rectangle of blanching discernible amid the gray monochrome of the face. He is unsmiling, and his eyes look at something in the distance, the reflection off the top
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Misako Inaoka show meshes nature and design

Misako Inaoka’s critters have populated the Bay Area art scene for a decade. A native of Japan and a graduate of both the Rhode Island School of Design and Mills College in Oakland, Inaoka has become known as a master of mashups. Using random odds and ends, the artist focuses
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