By Ted Loos March 13, 2018 Sarah Wagner preparing for an exhibition at the Muskegon Museum of Art. In 2014, she won a $25,000 grant from the New York-based Joan Mitchell Foundation. Credit: Muskegon Museum of Art For every Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons who are making millions from their art, there are millions of […]

17 Feb — 31 Mar 2018 at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, United States Joachim Bandau began painting black watercolors in 1983. The paintings embody the political, aesthetic and spiritual discourse of his 50-year career. Nuanced in technique and posture, Bandau’s watercolors require a lithe balance; conversely the repetitive hatched drawings of his earlier years were […]

Untitled / 2017 / ceramic / 8 x 8 x 7.5 inches By Alex Greenberger 07/06/17 The New York Foundation for the Arts has named its 2017 fellows and finalists for its annual grants. Ninety-five artists are being recognized in categories that range from digital and electronic arts to nonfiction literature. Each fellow receives $7,000; finalists do not get […]

SFChronicle critics’ picks: What to do the week of Jan. 28 January 26, 2018 CHARLES DESMARAIS’ ART PICKS “Ramekon O’Arwisters: Mending”: O’Arwisters has brought the venerable craft of crochet into the realm of high art. In this new work, he builds his soft sculpture around broken bits of pottery, mourning their damage and attempting — futilely, […]

Crochet Jam creator makes art a form of liberation By JEN CHIEN • 21 HOURS AGO     Crosscurrents Courtesy Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts Listen  7min. 45sec. Ramekon O’Arwisters is a fabric and social practice artist who likes to say he has “no reverence for systems of control.” He is best known for creating a series of […]

Posted on 27 January 2018. by Maria Porges Mending #17, 2017, fabric, ceramic, 18.5 x 10.5 x 8 inches In Japan, the practice of mending broken ceramics by gluing them back together with a mixture of lacquer and gold dust dates back hundreds of years. The resulting objects, veined with gleaming seams, are highly valued, […]

Ramekon O’Arwisters 6 Jan — 10 Feb 2018 at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, United States 13 JANUARY 2018   Ramekon O’Arwisters. Courtesy of Patricia Sweetow Gallery   Patricia Sweetow Gallery opens 2018 with the crocheted fabric sculptures of San Francisco Bay Area artist Ramekon O’Arwisters. The exhibition opens Saturday, January 6th through February 10th, […]

Cornelia Schulz @ Patricia Sweetow “If anyone understands the hugely plastic and seductive physicality of paint, it is Cornelia Schulz,” wrote Julia Couzens.  “Troweled slags of cadmium yellow, puckered splots of minty green, and regressive planks of flat black collide, slip, slide, splat, and skid into the chunky-luscious concoctions that constitute Schulz’s new paintings. Where […]

By Charles Desmarais Updated 3:08 pm, Wednesday, January 10, 2018   In the galleries Many art galleries in San Francisco will open exhibitions this week and over the weekend. Here is a selection of exhibitions I have seen and recommend highly, followed by a list of shows I intend to see before they close. Admission is free […]

DECEMBER 18, 2017 IN ESSAYS & INTERVIEWS, MARKUS LINNENBRINK, NEWS BY MANON MARKUS LINNENBRINK Interview by Frédéric Caillard, November 2017   Can you tell us about the cuts, those thick layered paintings into which you literarily dig trenches? Yes, the cuts make up the latest body of work that I introduced in the last two years. They are similar to my drill pieces; it is […]