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San Francisco Art Institute will be the first venue in a series of three to present works from 40 student artists selected as finalists for the XL Catlin Art Prize. SFAI is happy to join in the XL Catlin Art Prize’s mission to strengthen the profile of figurative art-making in the United States and provide a valuable platform for emerging artists. The XL Catlin Art Prize in the US builds on a 10-year legacy of the XL Catlin Art Prize in the UK which recognized young artists through a prestigious London exhibition and catalog publication. The prize established a reputation as an insightful overview of emerging talent. Over 700 submissions were received from 140 different schools, both undergraduate and graduate programs. The 40 works in the exhibition, which include paintings, drawings, prints, tapestries and other media, were chosen by an exhibition jury comprised of Ian Alteveer (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Jennie Goldstein (Whitney Museum), Laura Hoptman (Museum of Modern Art), and Kara Vander Weg (Gagosian Gallery). Additionally, SFAI Painting Chair and Associate Professor Brett Reichman served as a regional juror for artwork submissions from the West Coast. The shortlisted artists are enrolled at 24 different schools and range in age from 19 to 27. The artists hail from four countries and 19 states. The focus of the XL Catlin Art Prize reflects the reemergence of figurative art in the contemporary art world and seeks to support the next generation of American artists. Prize juror Jennifer Schipf of XL Catlin said, “Following ten successful years of holding the competition in the UK, the Prize gives us the perfect platform to highlight new artists and provides a unique insight into emerging talent in the US.” Two SFAI students have been selected as finalists for the XL Catlin Art Prize and will be included in the traveling exhibition. Eunice Liu is a second year MFA student. She received a post baccalaureate degree from SFAI and is also a participating artist in the Clyde & Co. Art Award exhibition, opening October 2018. Kennedy Morgan is a sophomore in SFAI’s BFA program in painting. She was awarded the Hart Lipton Art Supplies Prize in Spring 2018 by the SFAI Painting Department. Following its SFAI iteration, the show will travel to Chicago where it will be on view at Linda Warren Projects from November 3 – 8. The tour finishes in New York City at the New York Academy of Art with an exhibition on view from November 21 – 29. The first prize and second prize winners will be announced at the closing reception on Wednesday, November 28. The Prize also includes an audience award, to be selected via Instagram. Beginning on August 12, individual works will be posted to XL Catlin Art Prize’s Instagram account (@xlcatlinartprize) every 48 hours until all have been shown and the work with the most “likes” on the platform will win $1,500. Be sure to log in and cast your votes!

When: Wednesday Aug 22 - Sunday Oct 7

Where: 2 Marina Blvd san francisco CA

Admission: free


Contact: Chris Squire,, 415.771.7020

Category: Art Exhibits 3 id: 14636

BlueBarberBraid Forms at Rest Forms in Resistance   Friday Aug 24 - ...   Free

BlueBarberBraid Forms at Rest Forms in Resistance

Blue-Barbar-Braid: Forms at Rest / Forms in Resistance An installation by Izidora Leber LETHE 24 August - 22 September 2018 Blue-Barbar-Braid is a semi-fictional solo exhibition by Izidora Leber LETHE paying homage to resistant forms throughout the centuries. By mobilizing the ancient Roman use of blue (associated with loose women, barbarians, or effeminate men), LETHE quotes the semiotics of protest, queer artists’ work post-1970, and the Yugoslav women that shaped, then rejected, the Bauhaus movement. LETHE braids together these latent legacies and wakes them from oblivion. Aggregate Space Gallery presents a formation of these collective unknown ancestors organized through collaborative gestures, formal urgencies, and a fluid monumentalization of the act of rebelling. Just as Lethe is the river of forgetting in ancient Greek mythology, Izidora Leber LETHE brings that river closer, so as to re-materialize disjointed moments in history. These forms, even at rest, are rooted in resistance. This exhibition was curated by Aaron Wilder as the culminating project of Aggregate Space Gallery’s 2018 Curatorial Fellowship. Opening Reception 24 August 6-10pm First Friday Event 7 September 5-8pm Second Saturday Artists Talk 8 September 11am Gallery Hours Fridays and Saturdays 1-5pm and by appointment Aggregate Space Gallery 801 West Grand Avenue Entrance on West Street Oakland, CA 94607 510-832-3807 #ASGOakland #installtheunimaginable Aggregate Space is a warehouse and has a similar temperature to the outside; please dress accordingly. Aggregate Space Gallery's exhibition program is funded in part by Zellerbach Family Foundation and ArtNow International. Additional Program Funding comes from East Bay Community Fund and Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

When: Friday Aug 24 - Saturday Sep 22

Where: 801 West Grand Avenue Oakland CA

Admission: Free


Contact: Conrad Meyers,, 510-832-3807

Category: Art Exhibits 3 id: 14607

Defying the Narrative Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa   Saturday Sep 8 - ...   Free

Defying the Narrative Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa

Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa, a group exhibition featuring work by 15 African artists. This exhibition’s intent is to begin to present the varied directions of contemporary African art to the Bay Area. Defying the Narrative includes artists working in a wide variety of media from diverse backgrounds. Collectively, their work defies the reductive Western conception of Africa as a monoculture and of African artists as working in isolation without access to art history and technology, among other falsities. We believe that resisting this impulse to apply familiar or conventional understandings of contemporary and historical African art gives the viewer an opportunity to experience this work in a more dynamic and holistic way. Some of the artists featured in Defying the Narrative have exhibited widely, and some are emerging artists. Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and Paa Joe were both featured in the groundbreaking 1989 exhibition Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Many of the artists are interested in making commentary on the state of the environment and the impacts of pollution. For example, despite very different practices, one could say that Serge Attukwei Clottey, Julio Rizhi, and Moffat Takadiwa are similarly concerned with ideas around migration of materials and the politics that underlie these movements. Some of the work references traditional African forms and techniques by reconfiguring historic structures with new materials. This combination of new and old is visible in the work of Paa Joe, who builds fantasy coffins using traditional woodworking techniques, and Troy Makaza, who uses silicone-infused paint to create works that read like woven textile. Many of the artists work in formats that emphasize the idea of hybridity and act to defy many material and formal expectations about African art. A common thread in the exhibition is an interest in history and mythology, along with the distortions and supplements that can be applied to these narratives. Cameron Platter is a South African artist who engages with the political and artistic histories of the country, creating representations that mimic the hybridity of the cultural landscape. Simphiwe Ndzube’s work reframes activities of daily life by applying surreal reconfigurations through painting and sculpture. Nicola Roos’s ongoing sculptural project stems from her discovery of historical accounts of the first black samurai, whose history she expands toward myth or fantasy. While organizing exhibitions by grouping artists by geographical origins is often a convenient device to simplify the unfamiliar, it is not necessarily the most accurate way to represent a group of artists or their work. Frequently, geographically-themed exhibitions create opportunities for misunderstandings, as the structure of these types of presentations can lead the viewer to draw connections that are not accurate; favoring connections and assumptions that stem from the focus on geography rather than the artist’s particular voice or position. While we have used loose geographic terms in the title for our exhibition, it is simply to illustrate just that: the loose and multi-interpretational areas which are only part of a much larger non-hegemonic whole. As humans, we are programmed to recognize similarities first and are almost gravitationally drawn to categorize what we see along lines of what is familiar and comfortable to us. If the artists in the exhibition have anything notable in common, it is, perhaps, an interest in the narrative properties of materials and the idea of figuration as a symbolic device. While all of the artists in Defying the Narrative are African, they represent a broad spectrum of perspectives, ideologies, and geographic origins, and the lack of a unifying narrative among them is both the premise and the conceit of this exhibition.

When: Saturday Sep 8 - Saturday Oct 27

Where: 1275 Minnesota St. San Francisco CA

Admission: Free


Contact: Andrew McClintock,, 415-254-1573

Category: Art Exhibits 3 id: 14635

Recent Works Opening Reception   Saturday Sep 22   free

Recent Works Opening Reception

Rhythmix Cultural Works and K Gallery present New Works, an exhibit of the works of Alameda based artists, Norman Moore and Christian Schiess. Opening Reception: Saturday, September 22nd from 4-6:30 PM. Exhibition Dates: Sept 14th – Nov 4th.

When: Saturday Sep 22

Where: 2513 Blanding Ave Alameda CA

Admission: free


Contact: Tina Blaine,, 510-865-5060

Category: Art Exhibits 3 id: 14634