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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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The Meridian Gallery’s “The Painted Word”

Originally published in the July 2012 edition of the Marina Times San Francisco “The Painted Word” features artworks by 80 writers and poets of the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat Generation. During the 1950’s and 60’s, San Francisco experienced a creative awakening through its poetry, visual art and jazz. In the early twentieth century, artist…

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Has Public Art Become Endangered?

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in June 2012 Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sold at Sotheby’s on May 2 for 120 million dollars, the highest amount received for any auctioned piece in the history of art. Early estimates predicted that this 1895 artwork, a pastel and one of four versions, would sell for…

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Patrick Stull – Evolve- A Woman’s Journey at Fort Mason

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in June 2012 For twenty years Patrick Stull has been exploring the multifaceted aspects of women, their personalities, obstacles and victories. Now he brings his exhibit Evolve- A Woman’s Journey to the Fort Mason Center from June 22 through July 1, 2012. This multimedia exhibit focuses on…

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in May 2012 “What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have?” -Cheryl Strayed Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is more like a confession than a memoir. She set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and, in…

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