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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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Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in April 2014 Through May 11, 2014, the de Young presents an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings created at Lake George in upstate New York. These landscapes and botanical studies were created between 1918 and the early 1930’s during O’Keeffe’s annual summer trips to Alfred Stieglitz’s family…

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Looking inside: Artist Mike Kelley at L.A.’s MOCA

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in March 2014 The largest exhibition of Mike Kelley’s work will take up the entire space that is the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, from March 31 to July 28, 2014. Kelley’s body of work isn’t easily categorized — he was…

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Charles Plymell’s Early Writings Revisited in Benzedrine Highway

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in February 2014 Plymell has as much to say about death as Hemingway did and a lot more to say about it in terms of the present generation stillborn into a world that can offer nothing. —William S. Burroughs “I was born in April 1935, during the…

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Stolen Art Discovered in Munich Raises Questions

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in January 2014 In November, authorities in Munich, Germany revealed that they had stumbled upon over 1,500 paintings, drawings and etchings by artists including Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and Klee. The artworks were stolen by the Nazis during World War II, and were hidden away in what was…

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The Hotel Chelsea Shines in New Photo Collection

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in December 2013 A Larry Rivers painting, drag queens using a phone booth as a changing room, and an animated group of partygoers emerging from the lobby elevator: These are some of the memories that Victoria Cohen shares in her new book of photographs of the Hotel…

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Herb and Dorothy 50×50 – A story of art and giving

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in November 2013 What we did then is now art history —Herbert Vogel In 2008, film director Megumi Sasaki released the film “Herb and Dorothy”, a story of two unlikely art collectors. Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a postal employee and librarian respectively, accumulated what is considered to…

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