Cartoon Art Museum: While the history of women in comics is well-documented, and the Jewish contribution to the art form widely acknowledged, Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women will be the first museum exhibit to showcase the singular voices of female Jewish artists whose revealing diaristic and confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.
Some bare their bodies. Some expose their psyches. All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires.
On October 21, the Cartoon Art Museum will host a panel on autobiography in comics featuring several of the featured artists, experts, and the curators. Graphic Details is co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in the Forward provided the impetus for the show. His co-curator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning fine artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching a PhD at The University of Glasgow in Autobiography in Comics.
The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street (between New Montgomery-3rd Streets) in San Francisco. Telephone: 415-CARTOON. http://cartoonart.org
Open Studios: Next weekend is the third weekend of Open Studios where the focus in on the Richmond, Sunset and Ft. Mason. Although may of the galleries are far apart, there is a lot of work that’s well worth going out of the way to see.
Buena Vista, Diamond Heights, Fort Mason, Haight, Hayes Valley, Marina, Mount Davidson, Ocean Beach, Pacific Heights, Richmond, Sunset, Twin Peaks, & West Portal
Masami Teraoka at Catherine Clark – where Teraoka’s love of gold, glitter and pseudo-Renaissance imagery are demonstrated in over-the-top triptychs demonstrating a contemporary version of horror vacui. In the work of the last decade, he’s criticizing the Catholic Church for their sexual peccadilloes. So, where are the images of the young boys and girls who are abused? All the women portrayed are right out of some bizarre version of Penthouse with gorgeous bodies, perky breasts, trimmed pubes and leather boots. His skillful technique never falters but walks a fine line between parody and critique – and sometimes goes over the line into kink.
His older work, often done in ukiyo-e style ranged from AIDS to computers, environmental degradation, and drive-by shootings, all handled with humor and exquisite skill. The gallery has a small, but beautfully chosen sample of that work. http://www.cclarkgallery.com
Marianne Kolb at Hespe. I have been following Ms. Kolb’s work since I first saw it at Hang. Even then, her complex and emotional work pulled me in and it’s just gotten better over time.
Andrew Schoultz at Marx & Zavattero – Inspired by the shifting nature of history as record in the past, present, and future, Schoultz’s latest exhibition alludes to the tornado of information present today and the assumption that we are able to sift through the detritus to find clarity and meaning. The driving force behind this body of work straddles a line of duality between perceived reality and fiction, creating a theatrical tour de force of mixed media paintings, drawings, monotypes, and sculpture.
Lost Art Salon – Situated on the corner of South Van Ness across from the freeway on-ramp – in an unremarkable building bearing the words “Post Tool” – the gallery’s walls and shelves are lined with paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics and more, all from the modern era (1900-1960s).
Triangle Gallery celebrates its 49th anniversary
Hackett Mill has reincarnated as as art dealers and advisors with a current show on Manuel Neri. Collage 1958 – 1960
George Krevsky – Helen Berggruen. Itinerant regionalist.