When I first encountered the work of Colter Jacobsen at the 2010 SECA Award Exhibition (see my review of the show here), it did not engage me, though I thought it well executed. Also, I was not entirely sure of its intellectual underpinnings and its relevance to the world that we live in today. Having considered his work a good deal since then, the new show at Gallery Paule Anglim has provided me with the opportunity to re-assess and with engage with the ideas he is exploring
On January 27 the show ‘Renaissance on Fillmore 1955 – 65' closed at The di Rosa in Napa, CA. This important show contained numerous works from the Fillmore group of artists and exhibited them a historical context that has only begun to be fully investigated by the greater art world. In the 1950s, art in the United States went through a period of drastic change and upheaval. Abstract Expressionism (AbEx) dominated New York for much of this period, and the style and ideas it e
It is Art Fair week in San Francisco again and everyone is anticipating a great showing this year. Like last year there will be three venues – artMRKT, ArtPadSF, and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair– with different moods and aesthetics for each. I am looking forward to going to the Concourse Center to see artMRKT and the Phoenix Hotel for ArtPadSF, where the work, to my mind, is more visually interesting and has an edge to it. The San Francisco Fine Art Fair at Fort Mason, if
A 50-year retrospective of SECA exhibits is a difficult task for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) to undertake. We are talking about 50 years of art in the Bay Area, with every movement that has happened and in every medium that has been explored as a part of it. I applaud assistant curators Alison Gass and Tanya Zimbardo for undertaking this daunting task. Fifty-year-old SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) is an auxiliary group of SFMoMA.
The SECA Award show that occurs every other year at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the main support mechanism the museum has for encouraging and engaging with Bay Area artists. This year, the award was given to Kamau Amu Patton, Ruth Laskey, Colter Jacobsen, and Mauricio Ancalmo. These artists work in a wide range of materials and their subject matter is also diverse. While I do not dislike any of the work, though the sound installation by Patton was beginning to g