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Remembering Merce Cunningham

First published in the Northside San Francisco in September 2009 You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you…

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Chaos Theory: Francis Bacon’s creative process is revealed in the new book Incunabula

First published in the San Francisco Northside in August 2009 Honor the error as a hidden intention. —from Oblique Strategies, a set of published cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in⋅cu⋅nab⋅u⋅la: / Show Spelled [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh, ing-] –plural noun, singular -lum /-ləm/ Show Spelled [-luh m] extant copies of books produced in the earliest…

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Richard Avedon Photographs at the MOMA San Francisco

First published by the Northside San Francisco in July 2009 Richard Avedon Photographs 1946-2004 at the MOMA July 11-November 29, 2009 All photographs are accurate.  None of them is the truth. -Richard Avedon, 1984 Richard Avedon changed photography.  His instincts and methods removed the traditional boundaries imposed on the medium of film. Because he became…

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Warhol Live

Warhol Live at the deYoung February 14-May 17, 2009 Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. —Andy Warhol Andy Warhol expanded what it means to be an artist and a celebrity. Fame has become more famous in the post Andy Warhol world. Since his death in 1987,…

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Louise Bourgeois at the MOCA Los Angeles

The Grande Dame of Surrealism has her first major Retrospective in the United States-Louise Bourgeois at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles by Sharon Anderson Published in the Northside San Francisco Newspaper in Dec. 2008 My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost…

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Maya Lin – Systematic Landscapes

Published in the Northside San Francisco Newspaper in Nov. 2008 Through mid-January 2009, the de Young Museum will exhibit new sculptures by the celebrated artist, Maya Lin. Maya Lin is a sculptor associated with contemporary art traditions relating to minimalism and nature. She received international acclaim when she won a public competition for her design…

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The Seventh Python Premiere in Hollywood, CA

First published in the UK’s Doo Dah Diaries and in Northside San Francisco in September 2008 On June 26, 2008, I went to the Egyptian Theatre premiere of “The Seventh Python”, a film biopic about the ubiquitous and yet somehow little-known genius of our times, Neil Innes. We all know Neil in some respect. Maybe…

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A New Edition of Essays from Gore Vidal, The Last Living Literary Lion

Originally published in the San Francisco Northside newspaper in July, 2008 The scene is Beverly Hills, Ca., autumn 2005: Gore Vidal is lecturing at a local bookstore to a hushed audience. He takes questions, and many of them revolve around the 2004 election. At the time, the Bush Administration indictments and the Scooter Libby affair…

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