“holding it together”

is a show i’ve curated about assemblage and collage.  in art vernacular, an assemblage (pronounced a-ˌsäm-ˈbläj) or collage is made by putting together preexisting things that weren’t intended to go together and usually… Continue reading

“the moon,” a new series of drawings from crystal liu.

like all of her work, these use nature as metaphor to explore human emotion.   her inconography of trees, water, rocks, mountains, clouds and the stars and moon recount stories, or maybe it’d be… Continue reading

upholstry

our dining chairs needed re-upholstering.  we commissioned a friend, a talented designer and weaver, to make a textile for us.  his idea was to weave a continuous piece of cloth that would yield… Continue reading

50 best novels from the last 50 years

i’m 50, have been reading nearly all those years and am commemorating my relationship to books by compiling a list of the 50 best novels published in my lifetime.  i’m a fiction reader. … Continue reading

a studio visit with william t. wiley,

in preparation for his first solo show at hosfelt gallery. visiting wiley’s studio is like going into a dark room after being in bright sunlight — your eyes need to adjust to the… Continue reading

our new year wishes…

who am i kidding “our”?!   helen did the hard work.    happy new year!

part of the reason i’ve not been a regular blogger lately

is that a year ago i committed to compiling a list of the 50 best novels written in the last 50 years.  of course, i hadn’t read everything written since 1963, so i’ve… Continue reading

patricia piccinini’s “atlas”

certainly the most photographed object in our booth (and perhaps art fair-saturated miami last week), atlas, elicited a lot of nervous laughter, crude comments and averted eyes.  it also provoked the most questions,… Continue reading

studio visit with alan rath

this conversation with alan rath took place at his studio ahead of his solo exhibition irrational exuberance. th:   this show seems like a turning point in your work.   there are no screens.   no… Continue reading

nutty dried berry granola

once you’ve eaten homemade granola, you won’t be able to stomach the too-sweet stuff from the store.   mine doesn’t use butter, is high in protein, and loaded with berries.   we eat it  with… Continue reading

happy new year

i’m attempting to live up to my blue china…

with end-of-summer, roasted tomato soup. this is the time of year…  dry-farmed tomatoes are inexpensive at the farmers’ market.   i roast them with other vegetables for an intense, super-tomato flavor. 10 pounds of… Continue reading

anoka faruqee is raffling a painting to fundraise for barack obama.

donate $5 or more on her fundraising page: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012 /anoka between now and october 30 and she’ll enter you to win  2012P-30, an  11 1/4  x 10 1/2 inch acrylic painting on panel… Continue reading

the tea lords by hella s. haasse

the plainness of haasse’s storytelling might lull you into thinking this is a simple narrative and these simple characters.  that would be a misconception.   she describes the life of rudolf kerkhoven, who… Continue reading

curating an opening exhibition

while our new space is gorgeous, a gallery is only as good as the art in it…  an inaugural show is the benchmark, setting your audiences’ expectations.   we couldn’t open with a solo… Continue reading

our new san francisco exhibition space

it was going to take an extraordinary space to replace our beautiful clementina street gallery, but that building was to be demolished to make way for a condo development and we were ready… Continue reading

anoka faruqee has been making

some really interesting paintings that riff on the moiré patterns that develop accidentally in digital processes.  like her past work, the color palette is quirky and really sophisticated. she’s still experimenting with pattern. … Continue reading

paella on the beach

originating in valencia, paella is named for the pan it’s cooked in — the paellera — and was at first made with chicken, rabbit, snails and fresh beans cooked together over an open… Continue reading