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A Portrait of Neal Cassady Rediscovered

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in January 2015 In December 1950, Neal Cassady wrote a letter to his friend Jack Kerouac. Like a message in a bottle, these pieces of paper traveled , lost in time, only to resurface years later in a group of discarded poems. Neal Cassady famously inspired the…

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Keith Haring: The Political Line

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in December 2014 “Art is for everybody” -Keith Haring Beginning November 8, 2014 through February 16, 2015, the DeYoung presents California’s first Keith Haring exhibit in over two decades. Over 170 works focusing on themes relating to social justice and political concerns shed light on a particular…

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Everything’s okay — A Thanksgiving Memory

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in November 2014 “Sharon, I need your help.” That’s how one Thanksgiving Day began many years ago. With a house already full of family and noise, a glassy-eyed relative cornered me whispering that he’d dropped acid earlier in the morning and things weren’t going so well. “Can…

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Lutz Bacher – Snow

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in October 2014 Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. —Oscar Wilde What would you do if you could do it anonymously? It’s a funny question in the age of information when…

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@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco September 2014 If my art had nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for? — Ai Weiwei With Ai Weiwei’s arrest in a Beijing airport in 2011, questions arose. What could one artist do to be perceived as a threat to authorities? The…

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Modernism from the National Gallery of Art at the de Young

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco August 2014 edition I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality. —Barnett Newman San Franciscans won’t have to wait for the MOMA to reopen to get…

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Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in June 2014 “What’s that?” The question came from my nephew as he stood gazing at my turntable, the centerpiece of my life while I was growing up. “It’s a record player,” I explained, “and it plays music!” In many ways, it’s an age test. The Oakland…

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Alibis: Sigmar Polke

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in May 2014 You can’t exist in a vacuum, you are rooted in time. —Sigmar Polke Sigmar Polke is primarily known for his paintings. Alibis: Sigmar Polke, recently published by MOMA New York, illustrates the broad scope of the artists’ work which includes film, drawing, performance, photography installation,…

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