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League of F.A.M.E.© Week 3 Category Draw

10.14.2013  |  By
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Below is the video revealing the category for week 3 of  The League of F.A.M.E.©

Stay tuned tomorrow when we will show you each team’s starting roster, including any moves they made for the week.

It’s the League of F.A.M.E.©!

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League of F.A.M.E.© Week 2 (Hashtag WEEK) results

10.14.2013  |  By
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Below are the results for League of F.A.M.E.© week 2 Hashtag Week.

Will Brown wins the week with a solid team effort. No surprise that #Banksy was the top performer of the week with a whopping count of 132!  Unfortunately for The Something Something Art Cliche his last minute pick up of #HennesseyYoungman reeled in an embarrassing 1pt (that 1pt ... More

On the Contemporary: Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”

10.14.2013  |  By
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Jay-Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was released on Independence Day of this year.  As an artist, Jay has always been obsessed with numbers and dates, and the timing of this release was not insignificant.  I surmise Jay’s suggestion to be that Magna Carta is of the historical significance of that critical compact between the ki... More

5 Questions: Rudolf Frieling

10.11.2013  |  By
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We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Rudolf Frieling, Curator of  Media Arts, in our new Kearny Street offices, where a lot of our staff have temporarily relocated until our building reopens.

Please describe your job in three sentences or less:

Would three terms do as well? Art, media, and contemporary culture. What this means in practice is that I look at art, engage ... More

Can Artists Afford to Live in San Francisco Any More?

10.10.2013  |  By

The rent is too darn high in San Francisco.

Worse yet, it’s too high for artists who come to the city looking for the culture that made it famous.

Remember the Beats? Those broke writers and poets who flocked here from around the country, coming for the cheap rent, the bookstores and the cafes? Or what about the hippies? The anti-authority ge... More

League of F.A.M.E.© Week 2 Adds/Drops + Team’s Starting Rosters

10.10.2013  |  By
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Hello Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts,

Week 2′s category (#week) has caused much inter-league controversy!  The commissioner’s have been questioned, players have cried foul upon each other and artists have been dropped like lead balloons.

With some sly (and league voted/approved) moves…

Du Champs dropped #Balthus for #PhilCollins. 

Swithblade Sisters parted ways with #JoanMitchell and picked up #Swoon, a wheatpaste/street artist hailing from the North East US.  

PRtists have followed suit with the claim of #Above, the well k... More

FIELD WORK: Dodie Bellamy

10.10.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

The Center of Gravity
DODIE BELLA... More

Search Party: Rachel Federman on Gordon Onslow Ford’s Seductions of the Day

10.09.2013  |  By
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Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of posts in which invited writers explore various aspects of the exhibition. Today please welcome SFMOMA assistant curator of painting and sculpture Rachel Federman.

With its extraordinary profusion of marks, ranging from barely there to emphatically pointillist, Gordon Onslow Ford’s Seductions of the Day (1943) generates forms that are suggestivel... More

SECA 2012: David Wilson on Arrivals

10.08.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects appear in a number of locations around the Bay Area; David Wilson‘s project begi... More

League of F.A.M.E.© — Week 2 Category Draw

10.07.2013  |  By
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Week 2 of the League of F.A.M.E is upon us! The video link below reveals the category that will be used for scoring.

Stay tuned tomorrow when we will show you each team’s starting roster, including any moves they made for this week (#hashtag week).

Note: each # is counted as one per source URL. The winner of the week will receive 45 points... More

On the Contemporary: “No Time To Be 21, To Be Anyone” by Sofía Córdova

10.07.2013  |  By
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This fall, Open Space will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by Oakland artist Sofía Córdova

“Yet [Jasper] Johns’ approach has been wholly justified, in a way Duchamp especially would appreciate: he got in while it mattered, while it happened, when he was alive — ... More

Collection Rotation: Elizabeth Sims

10.07.2013  |  By
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In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for their work — a “constellation of their genius.” Today, please welcome Elizabeth Sims. To find her map, follow the footnote citations.

Much of my work lately has begun at the point of acceptance... More

League of F.A.M.E. — WEEK 1 (Artforum Ads Week) Results

10.05.2013  |  By
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EXTRA EXTRA! The League of F.A.M.E. week 1 results are in! If you have been following, you know from the video posts that Artforum Ads was the category drawn for week 1. The tallying began with the February 2013 issue of Artforum ceremoniously torn in half by The Commissioners. Then it was sifted line by line…

There were some standout artist... More

League of F.A.M.E. Week 1 Team’s Starting Rosters

10.03.2013  |  By
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Hello Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts,

Each week after a category is drawn the nine teams in the League of F.A.M.E. must play/start five of the artists from their stable of ten.

Below are the lists of artists our League of F.A.M.E. competitors played/started for this week — Artforum Ads Week.

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League of F.A.M.E. Week 1 Category Pick

10.03.2013  |  By
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And the result is…

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FIELD WORK: Hugo García Manríquez

10.03.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We are posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall.

Pre Columbian, 1965
HUGO GARCÍA ... More

League of F.A.M.E. Draft Recap

10.02.2013  |  By
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The League of F.A.M.E. draft night was a big hit! There were controversial picks resulting in league-wide votes. There were cheers, there were jeers, and plenty of beers. It all started with the owners choosing their team names. And without further adieu here they are in the order of their draft position:

Conrad M. Meyers II (Aggregate Space) ̵... More

The Way Forward: Steve Seid on Daniel Reeves

10.02.2013  |  By
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Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of writings on works in the exhibition. Today’s post is from Steve Seid, who looks at Daniel Reeves’s Sabda in the context of his life and early... More

The Commissioners would like to welcome you to the League of F.A.M.E.

10.01.2013  |  By
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League of F.A.M.E. (Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts) is a fantasy competition in which participants select imaginary teams of visual artists, living or dead, and score points according to the performance of their players.

Each player will chose a team/stable of ten artists at the live draft event. Each week a scoring category will be blindly chosen ... More

SECA 2012: Robert Glück on the Neptune Society Columbarium

10.01.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects are at several locations throughout the Bay Area. To complement these projects, Open S... More

On the Contemporary: Kate Zambreno and Reality Bites

09.30.2013  |  By
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This fall, Open Space will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by Kate Zambreno, author of the novels O Fallen Angel (Chiasmus Press) and Green Girl (to be reissued by Harper Perennial in January 2014). Her critical memoir Heroines was published by Semiotext(e)’s Acti... More

From the Open Space Archives: Roll Tide

09.27.2013  |  By

From the Open Space Archives is a thematic digest of content culled from the last five years of posts on Open Space.

This time of year – football season – where I’m from in Alabama “Roll Tide” isn’t just a cheer heard at Crimson Tide games, it’s an ardent salutation. When you run into a friend on the street during a fall stroll: ... More

FIELD WORK: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field — Poets Respond

09.26.2013  |  By

On the occasion of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, SFMOMA curator of public programs Frank Smigiel and poet and playwright Kevin Killian have co-organized a small chapbook of poetry, beautifully hand-produced by Andrew Kenower and Lara Durback. We’ll be posting selections from FIELD WORK on Open Space throughout the fall. Kevin Killian introd... More

José Montoya (1932-2013), Royal Chicano Air Force Co-Founder

09.26.2013  |  By

When I grew up in Sacramento, everybody knew who José Montoya was. Known variously as a poet, artist, muralist, printmaker, and teacher, he was the quintessential man about town. He was always in art shows or reading his poems somewhere. He was the guy everyone respected. Sadly, his family just announced his passing. He was 81.

When Montoya started the Royal Chicano Air Force (first called the Rebel Chicano Art Front) art collective back in 1969 with his compadre Esteban Villa, the world was a very different place.

It was a time when the Ameri... More

Angels, we’ve heard . . . : Shelley Diekman on Bruce Conner and Edmund Shea

09.25.2013  |  By
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Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art, jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), is on view at the CJM through October 27. Open Space presents a series of posts in which invited writers explore various aspects of the exhibition. Today’s post is a commentary by Shelley Diekman on the creation of the ANGELS series by Bruce Conner and his collaborator on these artworks, the San Francisco–based photographer Edmund Shea, who was her longtime partner.

In March 1971, Aretha Franklin played at the Fillmore in San Francisco. At the end of her concert she amazed the crowd by welcoming to the stage her friend Ray Charles, or as she introduced him, “Th... More

New York Art Book Fair

09.24.2013  |  By

Each year the Davids and Goliaths of the art world meet on neutral ground at the New York Art Book Fair, and for at least one weekend they put away their rocks and their swords.

Large galleries benefit from the avant-garde credibility of the event, now in its eighth year, and the small presses and publishers benefit from the huge audience that come... More

SECA 2012: Josh Faught on BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For

09.24.2013  |  By

For the first time in the history of SFMOMA’s biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects appear in a number of locations around the Bay Area; Josh Faught‘s work is at th... More

On the Contemporary: Frances Richard, “A Few Names”

09.23.2013  |  By
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This fall, OPEN SPACE will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by San Francisco writer and teacher Frances Richard.

I went for a walk a few weeks ago with the poet Brenda Hillman, and we talked about names, naming, responsibility. In short, about contemporaneity... More

Collection Rotation: Elisheva Biernoff

09.23.2013  |  By
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In our regular feature Collection Rotation, a guest selects from SFMOMA’s collection works online. This fall artists with Bay Area ties take over the series. In addition to their rotations, we asked each artist to answer poet Robert Duncan’s request to students in his 1958 Workshop in Basic Techniques and provide us with a set of influences for... More

5 Questions: Jared Ledesma

09.20.2013  |  By
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We’re taking our Five Questions series around the office and finding out more about SFMOMA staff members and what’s changed for them now that we’re under construction. Today we’re talking to Jared Ledesma, curatorial assistant, Painting and Sculpture, in our new Kearny Street offices, where a lot of our staff have temporarily relocated until our building reopens.

Please describe your job in three sentences or less:

As a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, I assist in the research and develo... More