Archive for January, 2010

Painter Mark Dukes and Archbishop Franzo King Part III

01.30.2010  |  By
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The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco’s Fillmore District is adorned with the icon paintings of Mark Dukes. Under the guidance of Archbishop Franzo King he has produced unique images of legendary musician John Coltrane inspired by a sound baptism. This is the final installment of a 3-part interview conducted in December of 2009.

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Painter Mark Dukes and Archbishop Franzo King Part Two

01.29.2010  |  By
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Painter Mark Dukes and Archbishop Franzo King of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church form a unique collaboration of expressive skills. The spiritual inspiration of the legendary John Coltrane’s music is the catalyst for the unique aspect of the collaboration. Dukes uses his craft as a visual artist and Archbishop King uses his as a p... More

Interview with Coltrane Icon Painter Mark Dukes and Archbishop Franzo King

01.28.2010  |  By
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The work of spiritual icon painter Mark Dukes has graced the Saint John Coltrane Church now located in the Fillmore district since 1992. During a spiritual awakening in 1989 that he describes as being baptized by sound, Mark was introduced to the music of John Coltrane by Archbishop Franzo King. Bishop King Founded the Saint John Coltrane Church in 1971 under a different church name. Today the Church is located at 1286 Fillmore Street in San Francisco and it houses the impressive religious icon paintings of John Coltrane by Mark Dukes. I spoke ... More

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

01.27.2010  |  By
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Penny Kim took this picture of the beautiful California light reflecting off the SFMOMA Rooftop Garden’s newest addition— Tony Smith’s Throwback, 1976.

Thanks Penny!

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“Flare and Spatter and Fury” or “My baby—” ?

01.25.2010  |  By
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SFMOMA turned 75 last weekend. We’ve published a new collection catalog, 75 Years of Looking Forward, and this month we’re  featuring excerpts from it here. Today, a few paragraphs on the museum’s acquisition of Jackson Pollock’s Guardians of the Secret, focusing on the correspondence between two of the artist’s earliest champions, Peggy Guggenheim and Grace McCann Morley. Guardians of the Secret is one of the most important paintings in the SFMOMA collection, and is key to understanding both Pollock’s developme... More

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

01.22.2010  |  By
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Benjamin Heath took this picture of SFMOMA reflected in a window of the Contemporary Jewish Museum across the street.  Good eye, sir.

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Top 10 so far, 2010

01.20.2010  |  By
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It may only a few weeks into the new decade but I’m a-gonna hop on the “top 10″ list trend and do so for the front part instead of at the end. Who knew there would be so much going on already? I know, I know, some of these aren’t exactly “new” or necessarily “news.” But hey. It’s MY column.

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Happy Birthday SFMOMA

01.15.2010  |  By
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Lines around the block at the moment. Live Flickr feed from our 75th anniversary members’ opening party:  pics are here.

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Art Work

01.15.2010  |  By
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In support of Temporary Services’ recent newspaper project Art Work: a national conversation about art, labor and economics,  I’ve created the beginnings of an “audio book” version, starting with one of my favorite texts in the publication. I then asked artist Sam Gould to record one of his choosing. You can download them both here. I’ll extend the invitation to anyone who might like to audio record a text from the newspaper, to be added to this post. You can download the newspaper in full here.

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book report.

01.14.2010  |  By
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Michelle Rollman’s cat illustrations are totally perverted. They morph between human female and feline female in ways that are truly disturbing, like they are both realistically cute the way cats actually are, not cartoonish, and then sexy the way a femmed-out lady can be, and the chimera is truly grotesque. But cute! And then you feel sort of sickened by the way in which it’s cute, because it’s like the sexy lady part is somehow molesting the cat, even though they are in fact the same thing. Something is being defiled by this... More

Visitor Flickr Photo of the Week

01.13.2010  |  By
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Kevin Dini aka buddah is took this sparring pic of James Rosenquist’s Leaky Ride for Dr. Leakey which is on view in the 75 Years of Looking Forward exhibition. And yes, that is Kevin’s thumb, although I should mention that he says of the nail polish, “I try to keep it up better than that, but sometimes it gets away from me.”

Thanks Kevin!

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there is no sea but the sea

01.12.2010  |  By
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Know what the best thing to eat is? Oatmeal with flax seed oil, Braggs and nutritional yeast. Then you put an egg on it. I was eating this and reading this month’s Harper’s when I hit a review of both Robert Frank’s photography book The Americans and the more recently published Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, edited by Sarah Greenough. The review, an essay by Francine Prose, opens with the author recounting her first glimpse of segregation in the United States and her mother’s response to it, the text sur... More

Darin Klein

01.12.2010  |  By
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Darin Klein is an artist, writer, curator and publisher. His publications include Afterlife, To & From, Control Issues, Thing, Celebrity Themed Fan Zine, The Moment Collector, and Box Of Books Vol. and II. He is currently living in Los Angeles, where he works for the Hammer Museum.

1. BOX OF BOOKS: VOL II. IS ONLY THE LATEST OF YOUR PRINTING P... More

As If: Visionary Architecture in the Modern Museum

01.11.2010  |  By
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SFMOMA turns 75 this month. We’ve just published a new collection catalog, 75 Years of Looking Forward, highlighting, as the curators of The Anniversary Show and the catalog, Janet Bishop, Corey Keller, and Sarah Roberts, write, both “the inarguably significant and the admittedly idiosyncratic” of the museum’s collecting, ex... More

Five Questions: Adam and Rebekah

01.08.2010  |  By
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[Five questions to SFMOMA visitors, artists, staff, or guests.]

Name/Place of Residence/Occupation/Hobby?

My name is Rebekah. I am an optician and I live in Noe Valley with my husband Adam. My hobby is—a couple of things: I like playing with the dog, Oliver, and then I also make music with my husband, Adam.

My name is Adam and I live in San Franc... More

20 Bay Area Artists & Videos

01.06.2010  |  By
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In collaboration with Happenstand, last summer I compiled a provisional list of some of the most important living artists in the SF Bay Area to share with curator friends abroad and those visiting. It includes artists who have realized exhibitions at museums, solo shows at galleries, and experience outside California and in most cases the US. In other words it’s an attempt at a quantitative rather than qualitative survey. We called it Stance both as a play on the name Happenstand and the idea of taking a stance. Using the Stance artists a... More

7.5 Minutes of Fame

01.06.2010  |  By
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I’m pretty excited about SF MOMA’s 75th anniversary weekend. The weekend of January 15th through 17th will feature 75 Bay Area artists, writers, & musicians, as well as SFMOMA curators and staff who have been invited to speak passionately about a work of art in the anniversary show. The speaking events are called “75 Reasons to Live.&... More

John Wieners: A New Book from Rome

01.05.2010  |  By
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I think I can safely say that John Wieners (1934-2002) is my absolute favorite poet. From his early lyric poetry in The Hotel Wentley Poems and Ace Of Pentacles (1964) to the more collage-like and sometimes impenetrable work found in Nerves and Behind the State Capitol or Cincinnati Turn-Pike (1975), his work is always on point, regardless of the era. So it is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of A New Book From Rome by Bootstrap Press. Here are a few words on the forthcoming volume by the poet and queer activist Charles Shively, whom I believe to be the executor of Wieners’ estate.

After John’s passing, Jim Dunn and I went through the notebook (red leather with gold trim) which Bill Berkson had given John who was locked up in a Long Island asylum in 1969. (Wieners wrote his Asylum Poems from that unhappy place.) With the notebook in hand, Jim and I (with great help and encouragement from John Mitzel) sought to identify unpublished complete poems from that... More

“My God, what’s happened to David?”

01.04.2010  |  By
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SFMOMA turns 75 this month. We’ve just published a new (and very beautiful) collection catalog, 75 Years of Looking Forward, highlighting, as the curators of The Anniversary Show and the catalog, Janet Bishop, Corey Keller, and Sarah Roberts, write, both “the inarguably significant and the admittedly idiosyncratic” of the museum&#... More

Simulacrum Blackness: Images of Artificial Hair Vendors in Oakland

01.02.2010  |  By
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“This was my first really big step toward self-degradation: when I endured all of that pain, literally burning my flesh to have it look like a white man’s hair. I had joined that multitude of Negro men and women in America who are brainwashed into believing that the black people are “inferior” – and white people “superior” – th... More