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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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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New surrealism exhibit in SF intrigues

When Lee Miller broke up with Man Ray in 1932, he cut a picture of her eye out, stuck it on a metronome and wrote: “With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.” He called the piece, “Object to Be Destroyed.” Ray, the famed surrealist
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New BAM exhibits offer intriguing variety

  “At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions” Perception can often lead to deception, but in “At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions,” art’s impression leaves the viewer impressed. The Berkeley Art Museum’s exhibition presents new works, some by local artists and others not, with a title well-suited to the plays on perception in
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Cindy Sherman incites reflection in new SF MOMA exhibit

There’s an awful lot of Cindy Sherman at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Aside from the works the museum has in its permanent collection (though not currently on display), there is Sherman’s retrospective fresh from the MoMA in New York. Then there’s the fact that there is so
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