Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Banksy Tourism in Chinatown

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Strike a pose:

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Commercial Folk Art: The Fillmore’s National Dollar Store, Where Everything Costs “‘______’ Or Less”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Isn’t it beautiful?

All your favorite brands are here:

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(And guess who owns the building in the background: Robert Redford / Sundance!)

Of course the National Dollar used to advertise Everything $1 or Less but there came a time when that wasn’t actually true, so City Attorney Dennis Herrera got after them.

So now the sign says “Everything ___ or Less.”


(Bonus: National Dollar Sidewalk Bling)


Van Gogh 2012, San Francisco, California

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

Eliminate Regifting: Patron Tequila Sponsors Live Art Creation Show on Market Street for the Artist Guild of San Francisco

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Here’s the news of the day, from 581 Market Street (between 1st Street & 2nd Street):

“Patrón has partnered with emerging artists to create a unique holiday window in San Francisco to raise money for the Artist Guild of San Francisco.

From now through the end of the year, up-and-coming artists from San Francisco will occupy a formerly vacant storefront window that has been transformed into a space of creativity and imagination. Each artist has one week to create an original painting, sculpture or other work based on their personal interpretation of Patrón tequila’s “Simply Perfect” mantra.

People will have an opportunity to bid on the works created by these artists online at with all the proceeds benefiting AGSF. It’s also a contest for the artists, with the artist whose work receives the highest bid receiving national exposure in a print advertisement for Patrón in 2012.”

OK then, here’s what it looks like in the day:

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…and in the night – I think this was Saturday:

Take a look the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

Another Must-See Show at the de Young: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters From the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Here’s the full title of this sensual and opulent exhibition: Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power From the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

So, it’s Hello, Vienna calling

It’s amazing how San Francisco gets all these shows at our de Young Museum.

Janos Gereben has the story:

“Vienna’s treasures now are on loan to the de Young, the only stopping place for “Masters of Venice.” As before, with Tutankhamen and French Impressionists, Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan Jr. and President Dede Wilsey have found a golden opportunity for The City to act as a temporary “storehouse” for a collection whose home is being renovated.”

Fine Arts Museums Director John E. Buchanan displays the exhibition’s weighty tome from Sylvia Ferino-Pagden Lynn Federle Orr

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This is it, this is your must-see show, it’s just one after the other:

  • Saint Sebastian (ca.1457–1459) by Andrea Mantegna, represents early Renaissance painting and is the first of three paintings on this subject by the artist.  In this work Mantegna incorporates details of ancient sculpture and architecture which organizes the pictorial space through linear perspective.
  • Four rare works by the enigmatic painter Giorgio da Castelfranco, known as Giorgione.  The Three Philosophers (ca. 1477–1510), one of the most celebrated works of the 16th century, uses an innovative integration of the figures within the spatial continuum of nature which marks a dramatic advance in the evolution of Western representation imagery. Also featured in the exhibition is his beautiful Portrait of a Young Woman (Laura)(1506) and pensive Youth with an Arrow (ca. 1508–1510).
  • More than a dozen works by Tiziano Vecellio, know as Titian, once Giorgione’s assistant, whose talent soon rivaled his master’s.  His work is synonymous with the Venetian style — lustrous pigments, sharply graduated light and shadows delineating robust forms such as his sumptuous Danaë (1560s) and the mysterious and moody Bravo (The Assassin) (ca.1515–1520).
  • The tapestry-like, shimmering and sensuously colored works by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese including the grand scaled Annointing of David (ca. 1555), and the dishonored heroine Lucretia (1528–1588), whose creamy skin and sumptuous fabrics divert the viewer’s eye from her suicide blade.

What you need to know:

Venetian paintings from this period have not been shown in the United States since 1938, and they will be shown only at the de Young.
Where: De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
When: The exhibit continues through Feb. 12. The museum is open 9:30 a.m to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. It is closed Nov. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Cost: $10-$20

But remember, this all ends February 12, 2012.

See you there!

It starts off with a big photo of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which contains one of the four big “princely collections” (along with the Louvre, the Hermitage, and the Prado)

And then, on with the show:

It’s one masterpiece after the next:

What more can you ask for?

Ever more deets, after the jump

Seen in the Mission: “Writing is My Outlet That Other People Can Plug Into”

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Life Imitates Art, or something:

Figure It Out by Thomas Hawk – click to expand

“The Bumblebee,” Historic Streetcar #1057, is Back on the Road – Yellow and Green Pay Tribute to Cincinnati

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Click on over to the Market Street Railway Blog to see what’s up with our shiniest Presidents’ Conference Committee streetcar

Check it:

“F-line PCC streetcar No. 1057, painted in tribute to Cincinnati, is known to many of its fans as “The Bumblebee” because of its eye-popping yellow paint and stripes (admittedly dark green instead of a bee’s black). Well, now it’s even more eye-popping following a renovation by Muni’s maintenance team, including an entirely new roof, body repairs, and a complete repainting.”

Fresh paint:

The Muni maintenance team who restored and repainted Cincinnati PCC No. 1057. Top row (L-R): Steve Chu, Carole Gilbert, Arthur Leary, Willie Alexander, Khalil Ali, Leon Bernal, Ontoniel Granados, Patrick Louie, Jose Granados, Alfredo Solis, Raul Alvarez, George Bernal, Peter Kuang, Dick Wie Shi Lui, Priscilla Steuban. Bottom row (L-R): Karl Johnson, Joselito Viernes, Arvin Camposagrado, Carlos Montez, Robert Donahue, Gino Ganoza.

Look for its icon soon here, on the live map.


Oil on Canvas: Cookie Monster Drives On Tripoli – Or Just Watch the Real Thing from Libya Right Now

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Right here, on the Go Sky.

A Technical, by Paco Pomet:

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The Mall Has It All: Stonestown Gives Shoppers a Glimpse of Heaven, Right Above the Tokyo Express

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

David Yu is at again.

I’ve never noticed this oculus above the food court at Stonestown way out there in the fog-enshrouded West Bay. Can you see the Tokyo Express* sign?


Is this Heaven or Las Vegas?

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*Of course Tokyo Express meant something else back in the day, back when you couldn’t even call the Japanese Tea Garden the Japanese Tea Garden.