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  • MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT GRAND OPENING

    03.18.16

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    Comment by AB: And so a new era in San Francisco's invincible art scene begins with the official public opening of Minnesota Street Project, an airy former warehouse that's been converted into an expansive multi-use art space. One-stop shopping for all kinds of quality art (with the notable exception of urban... maybe that'll come later), plus tasty fringe benefits like plenty of free easy parking and no meters in sight (at least for now) make the venue a must-see for all serious artsters. The galleries range from young upstarts to several of Ess Eff's most venerable, so no matter what your predilections, propensities or price range may be, you'll surely satiate yourself here. Wanna see what I'm talkin' about? OK.

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    Anglim Gilbert Gallery: Enrique Chagoya - Mindful Savage's Guide to Reverse Modernism

    Comment by AB: Pick show of the night goes to Enrique Chagoya for his placements of modern art milestones into historical contexts. Riffing on how modern artists appropriated imagery from primitive cultures, Chagoya imagines what might result if primitive cultures embezzled in similar ways from masterworks of modern art. While he's at it, he also paints himself into history, glasses frames and all. Definitely worth seeing.

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    Reverse appropriation art by Enrique Chagoya at Anglim Gilbert Gallery.

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    Time travels in modern art by Enrique Chagoya.

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    Enrique Chagoya paints himself into history.

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    Self-portrait in above image closer, glasses frames and all.

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    Enrique Chagoya and his likeness art at Anglim Gilbert Gallery.

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    Art by Enrique Chagoya.

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    Opening night excitement - Enrique Chagoya art show at Anglim Gilbert Gallery.

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    Ever Gold [Projects]: Hand to Mouth - Serge Attukwei Clottey

    Comment by AB: Serge Attukwei Clottey's been getting all kinds of attention lately for his recycled plastic jug art, cut and combined into flowing tapestry-like formations, while transforming their handles into likenesses of traditional African tribal masks. Good show; go see.

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    Art by Serge Attukwei Clottey at Ever Gold Projects.

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    L-R, art critic Kenneth Baker, Serge Attukwei Clottey, and (not sure).

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    Smaller works by Serge Attukwei Clottey.

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    Bottle-top tribal mask in above image closer.

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    Serge Attukwei Clottey art at Ever Gold Projects.

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    Casemore Kirkeby: Owen Kydd - Time Image

    Comment by AB: Engaging imagery consists of black & white photographs and color photographs paired with abstract videos that explore various iterations of motion.

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    Photography by Owen Kydd at Casemore Kirkeby.

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    Photo/video pairing by Owen Kydd.

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    Lay of the land - Owen Kydd photography at Casemore Kirkeby.

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    Rena Bransten Gallery: These American Lives

    Artists: John Baldessari, Dawoud Bey, Lee Friedlander, Rupert Garcia, Doug Hall, Lewis Hine, Hung Liu, Chip Lord, Jeffry Mitchell, Vik Muniz, Tameka Norris, Aaron Siskin, Lava Thomas, John Waters, and Henry Wessel, more.

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    Large art by Hung Liu at Rena Bransten Gallery (like it).

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    Photographic portraiture by Daoud Bey.

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    L-R, art by Doug Hall & Rupert Garcia.

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    Ceramic elephants by Jeffry Mitchell.

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    One of the larger spaces in the complex - group show at Rena Bransten Gallery.

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    Nancy Toomey Fine Art: Gathering Light.

    Artists: Larry Bell, Lisa Bartleson, Casper Brindle, Mara de Luca, Gregg Renfrow, Suzan Woodruff.

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    Soothing blue art by Gregg Renfrow at Nancy Toomey Fine Art.

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    Small opalescent art.

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    Selections from group abstract art show.

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    More meditative art.

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    Floor plan - group abstract art show at Nancy Toomey Fine Art.

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    Jack Fischer Gallery: Javier Arce - Seeing the Elephant

    Comment by AB: These crumply Tyvek wall and floor works look pretty spiffy now but from a maintenance perpective, how about in five years? Ten years? At the very least, they're HTD (hard to dust). No biggie though. We all know it's not about that. It's art baby, it's art! I take solace in the fact that Jack Fischer's been around the block a few times and knows exactly what he's doing.

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    Crumpled paper art by Javier Arce at Jack Fischer Gallery, Minnesota Street.

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    Jack Fischer and lovely wife Valerie - art by Javier Arce.

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    Javier Arce art up close.

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    Eleanor Harwood Gallery: Kirk Maxson - Gardens of Paradise

    Comment by AB: Kirk Maxson conjures up a fantasy forest with his delicate cut paper leaves and bent wire branches.

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    Art/installation by Kirk Maxson at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.

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    Cut paper leaves in above image closer.

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    Corner of the forest - art by Kirk Maxson.

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    Wire branch sculpture in above image closer.

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    Kirk Maxson crafts an artful forest at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.

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    Bass & Reiner Gallery: Hunker Down - Mie H°rlyck Mogensen and May Wilson

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    Art by May Wilson.

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    Art by Mie H°rlyck Mogensen at Bass & Reiner Gallery.

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    Overview - Mie H°rlyck Mogensen and May Wilson art at Bass & Reiner Gallery.

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    Themes + Projects: Arno Elias - The Lost Series

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    Arno Elias travels the world, takes photographs and paints 'em up.

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    Painted photograph by Arno Elias.

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    Arno Elias painted photograph show at Themes + Projects.

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    California College of the Arts: CCA MFA Exhibition 2016

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    Art by Nicole Aponte, CCA MFA show.

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    Art by Tosha Stimage, orange wall; Kolbe Roper rug installation on the floor.

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    Video by Poppy Coles.

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    Tapestries by Paulina Berczynski, floor sculptures by Lorenzo Cardim.

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    Addendum:

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    From one end to the other at Minnesota Street Project.

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    Seating for performances etc at Minnesota Street Project.

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