Zheng Chongbin at the Chinese Cultural Center, SOMarts, The Steins at SFMOMA and CJM and Julie Michelle at City Hall
The Chinese Cultural Center is featuring the work of abstract ink painter Zheng Chongbin. The highly anticipated show is comprised of fifteen new and site-specific large scale pieces, which include both paintings and video projections.
From Curator Abby Chen:
“… The presence of ink in these paintings almost resembles the identity of the painter himself and his methodology: in the early works, it has to be loud, direct, and raw; then it mixes, fades, and disappears. It feels to me that he initially needed to forcefully, almost recklessly, dash out in order to rebel and break free, and later subtly, gently, and even secretly pan out, infiltrate, and dominate. What Zheng has managed to achieve from this process is evident and crucial to his artistic development, as well as to the actual practice of what it means to be a Chinese artist in America. White Ink presents a visual overlap, which allows for receiving both forms, without a prior knowledge of one or the other. ….”
White Ink is on view Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. at Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel). Admission to the gallery is free.
I wrote about this painter after seeing one of his pieces at the Shanghai Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum
SOMArts Main Gallery: A Place of Her Own. This stunning exhibition challenged Asian American women artists to envision and create their very own place. The resulting artworks are an amazing mix of art installations, written word, paintings, printmaking, and more. Conceived by curator Cynthia Tom, A Place of Her Own is inspired by the idea of environments for women or encouraging the women to build their own. A Place of Her Own is on display through May 27 in the SOMArts Main Gallery.
Julie Michelle’s I Live Here: SF will be part of an upcoming exhibit: “Visual Arts Showcase” at City Hall.
Hosted by Supervisors David Chiu, John Avalos, Eric Mar, Jane Kim, select portraits and stories from their representative districts will be featured in each Supervisor’s reception area. The installation starts Tuesday, May 17 and the reception is Friday, May 20 from 5-8pm. If you didn’t get a chance to see the retrospective at SOMArts last November, now you can see a curated group here at City Hall.
Each office will feature works by local SF artists, so there will be a lot on exhibit. McKinley Art Solutions is curating this exhibit. I hope you can stop by!
OPENING NIGHT: “Visual Arts Showcase” at City Hall, San Francisco, Friday, May 20: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Up through August 19th.
Offices of Supervisors David Chiu, John Avalos, Eric Mar, Jane Kim
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Second Floor
Naturally, I can’t end any piece on weekend picks without mentioning the two shows featuring the Stein family. The show at SFMOMA is an eloquent tribute to a the family as art collectors. Seldom have so few bought so much art with so little money. It’s difficult to say which is more amazing – the low prices paid for now priceless paintings by Picasso and Matisse or the Stein’s amazing choices of art that was then new, provocative and avant-guard.
The CMJ features a cultural biography of Gertrude Stein whose writings revolutionized literature.
Today’s paper edition of the Examiner has a pull out with reviews, schedule of the events over the course of the exhibit and even a map to what is where. The exhibit is huge as well as dazzling so pace yourselves accordingly.
When Gertrude met Pablo: http://icedjamb.com/museum-in-san-francisco/gertrude-and-pablo
Seeing Gertrude Stein: http://icedjamb.com/museum-in-san-francisco/seeing-gertrude-stein-five-stories-at-the-contemporary-jewish-museum-review
Contemporary Jewish Museum: http://www.thecjm.org/