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sf open studios

The San Francisco Open Studios, sponsored by ARTSPAN, are a monthlong event, occuring four the four weekends of October.  The final weekend is the best one, taking place at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, where there are over 100 artists having studios in the old naval barracks.   This is a highly recommended event.   Take a break, get out of the architectural studio and look at some art!



An advertisement from 1961.   This image would make a great basis for a pop art painting.    For example in this style:


These shepherds definitely have way too much time on their hands …..

This was found on William Gibson’s blog.


As Japanese Pop Art master TAKASHI MURAKAMI’s retrospective “© Murakami” show continues on its epic world tour, the grandiose GUGGENHEIM BILBAO museum plays host to its latest and most daunting stop to date. Settling into the swooping Frank Gehry-skinned art palace, the show—fresh off its recent stop in Frankfurt, Germany—replicates its general outlay previously established at the initial MoCA LA, and Brooklyn Museum stops, but this time the artist’s epic painted and sculptural works are finally housed in a venue as aesthetically compelling as the whole of Murakami’s oeuvre.



I received this in the mail, and it looks like a relatively low cost (hopefully) way to add energy to a high ceiling space such as a lobby.


He was big in the 1980s in New York.  He paints figures with no face in a very simplified way.  His studio in New York is called Kostabi-World, clearly referencing Andy Warhol’s “factory”.   The story is that MK doesn’t do any of his own paintings – he was paying his girlfriend, an art student $10 per hour to produce his work and then selling them for thousands of dollars.   The art is just as much about manipulation of the media as visual art per se.    I remember his name was mentioned on an episode of Miami Vice and I laughed wondering what machinations were undertaken to obtain that bit of product placement. 


“All this is much easier if the paintings are good. If they’ve got punch. I’m told that my market is mostly made up of married couples under 40. They’re drawn to the work like a magnet and they can handle the price. The subject matter speaks, the blending is perfect (or at least good enough), the colors sing and lure (or at least aren’t muddy), the contrasts are clear and logical, the forms bulge and interlock, the shadows absorb and diffuse, there is mystery, there is clarity. It’s about our world. And it’s all committee-approved and they can’t get enough of it. A good Kostabi is a perfect product. Who wouldn’t want one? I mean really” – Mark Kostabi


This is an artwork titled e-Cloud by artist Dan Goods.   This innovative work uses Liquid Crystal Panels that are switchable between transparent and opaque.  The panels model the movement of clouds and swarm patterns, and are controlled by data from actual weather in real-time.

An article on an art show of the work of Takashi Murakami, a japanese pop artist, who created the movement known as SUPERFLAT.    He is also making money designing bags for Louis Vuitton.  (ironic isn’t it?)   The artshow claims to chart a lineage from the atomic bomb blast to the Hello Kitty! phenomenon.

Owes a lot to Andy Warhol, but also the East Village scene of the 1980s  (Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring).  


A friend of mine reminded me of Joseph Cornell.   Of course, I like his work because he is putting things inside frames.  I particularly like the one below  ‘The Princess of Medici’.   I believe the original artist is Velazquez.   I like the blue color which takes the image and somehow makes evident the fact of its reproduction from the original.   I also like the repetition of the image and the way that it is fragmented differently in the different copies.