Hi-Fructose Managing Online Editor Ken Harman recently made his curatorial debut for the East Bay Express’ annual Best of the East Bay party. Featuring three stages of live music and hundreds of food and boutique vendors, the party also incorporated an indoor art exhibit showcasing some of the best artists living and working in the greater East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley and beyond). “A Decade With No Name” stars many names that should already be familiar to Hi-Fructose readers including Scott Hove, Mike Shine, Alex Pardee, Skinner, Monica Canilao and many, many more. Read Ken’s curatorial statement and view the artwork from the show after the jump.
Returning for its fifth year, Art Market opened its doors at the historic Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this past weekend. An impressive display of contemporary art from all over the world, this year’s fair diversified its selection of galleries and improved its overall presentation. Teaming up with the some of the Bay Area’s most prominent museums such as the de Young and Legion of Honor, this year’s fair included a healthy mix of exciting international spaces as well as prominent local galleries.
A city with more headlines about the tech industry than the art scene, San Francisco once had three spring time art fairs: Art Market (formerly, artMRKT), Art Pad and SF Fine Art Fair. Last year it narrowed down two. This year, there was only one art fair left standing: Art Market San Francisco, which ran May 15 through May 18. The closure of the other two fairs did not seem to be a bad omen for Art Market, however, which featured a diverse assortment of national galleries that offered many different flavors of contemporary, from Pop-inspired to dark to abstract. San Francisco art fairs tend to be home-grown productions, with Bay Area galleries dominating the landscape, but this year’s Art Market welcomed many exhibitors from other cities.
In 2011, Feminist artist group the Guerilla Girls discovered that fewer than 4% of artists in the Metropolitan Museum’s modern art section are women. While things are getting better, statistics still show that opportunities are low for women in the art world, with women earning 29% less than their male counterparts. In the spirit of the Guerilla Girls, FFDG Gallery in San Francisco has rounded up a group of 25 international female artists to represent the 4%. They call themselves the “4%ers”: Mariel Bayona, Pakayla Rae Biehn, Monica Canilao, Claw Money, Deb, Lola Dupre, Kristin Farr, Michelle Fleck, Angela Fox, Mel Kadel, Aubrey Learner, Lauren Napolitano, Kelly Ording, Pacolli, Meryl Pataky, Emily Proud, Bunnie Reiss, Erin M. Riley, Jenny Sharaf, Minka Sicklinger, Winnie Truong, Kelly Tunstall, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Lauren YS working in various media.
Some would say he’s pushing art to a new level of accessibility while others call the proliferation of his imagery clever brand marketing. Either way, it’s hard to argue that Shepard Fairey has made a major impact on the art world with his multitudinous endeavors in fine art, street art, fashion and design. No matter the medium is, the artist works from an underlying premise of making his aesthetic as democratic as possible — whether the viewer experiences it at an art show, the street or, in his latest project, a music festival.
Later this evening, Saturday, November 5th, one of San Francisco’s most renowned and most important art galleries, The Luggage Store, will be hosting an all star art auction to help raise funds for the non-profit art space. With a storied and long standing historic contribution to the Bay area art scene as proponents of the Mission School and contemporary street art movements, the Luggage Store has enlisted the help of a diverse roster consisting of Barry McGee, Tauba Auerbach, Monica Canilao, the Date Farmers, Neck Face, Maya Hayuk, Steve Powers, Clare Rojas, Swoon, Andrew Schoultz and many, many more. Hi-Fructose visited the gallery space last night to catch a quick preview of some of the works, join us after the jump to take a look at what to expect for tonight’s festivities.