Painting

From the Archives – Taravat Talepasand: Not an Arab Spring at Beta Pictoris Gallery

. Taravat Talepasand. Khomeini, 2015; egg tempura on linen; 48 x 36 in.

Spurred by recent elections in the US and abroad, there’s been a resurgence of interest by artists and critics alike in so-called “political art.” Today from our archives we bring you a review of Taravat Talepasand’s work at Beta Pictoris; author Jordan Amirkhani argues that Telepasand’s work operates much in the same way as Andy Warhol’s, wherein a cultural actor becomes a symbolic fetish to[…..]

From the Archives – La Polis Imagi-nada at El Quinto Piso

Liz Misterio. El regreso de Ana Suromal, 2015 (action-art still); action-art and video projection. Courtesy of the artist and El Quinto Piso, Mexico D.F. Photo: Liz Misterio.

While nation-states elect or appoint internationally recognized power brokers, real politics emerge on the ground in the lived experiences of our communities, in the polis. In the face of shifting national and international politics, local communities must commit to uphold human rights. In that spirit, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors recently dismissed threats of funding cuts by the President-elect and affirmed the city’s commitment to[…..]

From the Archives — Memoria (Memory): Bibiana Suárez at Hyde Park Art Center

(L t R): Bibiana Suárez. Aves raras (mexicanos) no. 1 / Strange Birds (Mexicans) no. 1, 2005-2011; archival inkjet print on aluminum panel (map courtesy of the University of Chicago’s Special Collections); 24 x 24 in.  Bibiana Suárez. Aves raras (mexicanos) no. 2 / Strange Birds (Mexicans) no. 2, 2005-2011; archival inkjet print (map courtesy of the University of Chicago’s Special Collections); 24 x 24 in.

Looking back to another election year, in 2012 author Randall Miller noted, “The language surrounding immigration, espoused by the [GOP] candidates as well as other jingoist hardliners, has become so vitriolic and so reduced that hyperbole strategically crowds out any sober dialogue that addresses the complexity of the issue.” In the face of those who advocate overtly prejudiced perspectives, today from our archives we bring you[…..]

Devorah Jacoby at Seager Gray Gallery

Devorah Jacoby Painter. 
oil on canvas, 72 x 60. Courtesy of Seager/ Gray Gallery

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Mary Ellen Hannibal reviews Devorah Jacoby: Unearthed at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley. Devorah Jacoby’s new exhibit, Unearthed, expresses the artist’s[…..]

Luis Cruz Azaceta: War and Other Disasters at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts

Luis Cruz Azaceta. Hell Act, 2009; acrylic, charcoal, pencil, and shellac on canvas; 72 x 160 in. Courtesy of the artist and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

Over the past four decades, Luis Cruz Azaceta has continued to mine the vast possibilities of expressionism—a style that often lends itself to forms of humanism, idealism, originality, and angst that feel more fitting for the 20th century than our current moment. Yet the artist is vigilant in his desire to respond to the world around him, and refuses to retreat into a formal world[…..]

Gerardo Tan: Hablon Redux and Other Transcriptions at Random Parts

Gerardo Tan. Turntable Paintings, 2016; vinyl, acrylic; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Artist and Random Parts. Photo: Maria Porges.

What does it mean to transcribe a work from one medium to another? Is the result a kind of translation, a form of documentation, a new piece of art, or all three? In a fascinating range of media—painting, video, found objects, weaving, and sound—Manila-based artist Gerardo Tan investigates these questions through three different projects presented in his solo exhibition Hablon Redux and Other Transcriptions at[…..]

A Changeless Place

Jave Yoshimoto. Numinous Lethologica, 2015; gouache on paper; 30 x 44 in.

From our friends at Guernica, today we bring you A Changeless Place: Jill J. Tan interviews Jave Yoshimoto. Tan speaks with Yoshimoto, a trained art therapist and practicing artist, about his intricate and brightly rendered gouache depictions of tragedy and disaster. Yoshimoto says, “The news cycle moves so quickly; even if we read about tragedy today, we may forget about it tomorrow. I hope my work is a[…..]