Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition at  SOMArts

The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Cultural Center present a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual and media arts landscape. The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition showcases the work of promising visual artists from regional Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs working across disciplines and identifies young artists whose work intersects with emerging trends.

The exhibition surveys new work from the 24 recipients of the competitive Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellowships and the Edwin Anthony and Adelaine Bourdeaux Cadogan Scholarships Awards, administered by The San Francisco Foundation.

Through September 20, 2014


Joel Daniel Phillips
I Am Another Yourself at hashimotocontemporary
Through September 27th

"Hashimoto Contemporary is proud to present I Am Another Yourself, the debut solo show by represented gallery artist Joel Daniel Phillips. Featuring a range of new charcoal and graphite portraits, this month’s exhibit sheds light on those who are frequently overlooked and unidentified in San Francisco’s changing urban landscape.

After moving to the mid-Market neighborhood several years ago, Phillips embraced sketching as a way to connect with and learn about his local community. The young artist began approaching the men and women who lived within a 150 foot radius of his apartment, learning their names and listening to their stories. Accumulating a collection of photographs for reference material, Phillips set about meticulously rendering the portraits of his neighbors with staggering realism. Employing a classical manner of composition, each figure is isolated center stage upon the page. Phillips’ attention to detail within each drawing carefully navigates the viewer’s attention from the intricacies of lines in a face to the subtle shift of weight within a stance.

…Phillips elaborates on the nature of his portraiture: “I pursue ways to peel back the protective veils that we display to outside world, striving to capture the un-invented spontaneity of experience. Central to this search is a focus on the significance of narrative in human existence. Our lives are not linear, with one instant leading solely into the next, but rather circular, with each experience formed and defined by others. A portrait functions in the same manner, teasing out emotions and truths that inform not only the particular instant captured, but more importantly the story leading up to it.”

For I Am Another Yourself, Phillips has expanded upon the final forms of his drawings, which range greatly in scale from the monumentally larger-than-life to smaller more intimate portraits. Certain works use layered translucent velum paper and double-sided frames that play with the viewer’s span of focus, shifting their perspectives between various details within the same portrait. Each component of the show serves as a window to the narratives of those depicted.”

Final Days! Gorgeous ends at asianartmuseum September 14, 2014.

"Gorgeous presents 72 uniquely stunning artworks drawn from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and the sfmoma. Spanning over 2,200 years and dozens of cultures, these artworks are organized in an attempt to shift the focus from historical and cultural contexts, emphasizing instead the unique ways each work announces itself or solicits a viewer’s attention.”

Arts in Depth: Los Altos is quickly becoming a cultural hub in the SF Bay Area — we talked with christiesauctions Post-War and Contemporary specialist, Charlie Adamski about the one week Christie’s pop-up exhibition in the city opening today!



August 16 - September 6, 2014

San Francisco-based and self taught “graffuturist” artist, Poesia, was born in 1975 and has been making his mark on wall and canvas for the past 25 years. Whether he is mirroring the work of old masters, composing collages, or creating gestural abstract paintings, Poesia’s work consistently carries the same sense of immediacy as seen in contemporary street art. With this concept in mind, Poesia created “Graffuturism,” a league of street artists that value the urgency and directness of graffiti, as well as fast paced and physical aspects involved with street art, but have evolved beyond their initial roots.


"Spoke Art is pleased to present the latest solo show by Bay Area artist Matt Ritchie aka Matt136. Titled “Confero” the show is a collection of small hand cut wood pieces individually painted and assembled to create larger inclusive combinations. Matt’s new body of work pays homage to a plethora of cultural interests and subjects from the artist’s past. A child of the 1970s, Matt’s work surveys an eclectic array of different sub-cultures, including everything from Battle Star Galactica and The Micronauts to classic comic books, video games and cartoons. His range of interests are only matched by his encyclopedic expertise on each subject. Matt’s childhood memories serve as an endless catalogue for all-things-cool, listening to him explain his work is like having a docent into a limitless underground world.