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The Book and the Binding at the Legion of Honor

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in February 2013 Through May 12, 2013, the Legion of Honor Museum will feature the art of book design in the exhibit The Book and the Binding. This exhibit features unique selections from the Reva and David Logan Collection and contributions from Earl M. Collier, Jr. Before…

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2013: We Have Well Arrived

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in January 2013 If you’re reading this, then the world didn’t come to an end on December 21, 2012. But was that the real story behind the Mayan Calendar end date? My cousin sends me letters. Snail mail. Written words. But, they aren’t always his words. He…

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Sociopolitical Art: Ai Weiwei retrospective in Washington D.C.

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in December 2012 “Liberty is about our rights to question everything.” — Ai Weiwei In early 2011, the artist Ai Weiwei was arrested at an airport in Beijing. He was held for months by the Chinese government, though no official charges were filed. Questions arose. What, in the…

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Flea Market Find turned Stolen Goods: The adventures of a Renoir painting

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in November 2012 Treasures are found in the strangest and most unexpected of places, sometimes in our own backyard. That’s what a woman in Virginia discovered recently when she found a box in her shed. She’d purchased the collection of kitsch for $7 at a local flea…

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Francis Picabia’s “I Am A Beautiful Monster” released by The MIT Press

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in October 2012 Picabia has destroyed “beauty” and built his work with the leftovers. —Tristan Tzara A self-declared poet, painter, idiot, failure, pickpocket and anti-artist, Francis Picabia was one of the leading figures of the Dadaist movement. Now, almost fifty years after his death, The MIT Press…

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Remembering Gore Vidal

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in September 2012 Gore Vidal died on July 31, 2012. Since then, much has been written about him. Some retold the story of his infamous on-air argument with William F. Buckley, Jr., others discussed his sexual preferences. I once had the pleasure of meeting Gore Vidal. The…

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Man Ray and Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism at the Legion of Honor

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in August 2012 I told him boldly that I was his new student. He said he didn’t take students, and anyway he was leaving Paris on a holiday. I said I know, I’m going with you … and I did. —Lee Miller on meeting Man Ray The…

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Cindy Sherman retrospective comes to the SF MOMA

Originally published in the July 2012 Marina Times San Francisco “I feel I’m anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren’t self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear.” –Cindy Sherman Cindy Sherman became one of the most famous photographers in the world by expounding on what at first seems like…

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