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Visual Arts | Jan 30, 2014

Scape Martinez, Mixing Paint with Positivity

When he became a graffiti artist, Edward Martinez adopted the alter-ego "Scape," for Screaming Creative and Positive Energy. That positive charge is evident both in his vividly pulsating paintings and in his work with the underserved youth he mentors in East Palo Alto. By Cynthia Stone   

Visual Arts | Jan 29, 2014

Lives of the Artists: Peter Hujar at Fraenkel Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery's Love & Lust collects photographs by Peter Hujar, an important figure in the New York art scene in the 1970s and '80s whose erratic career was cut short by his untimely death in 1987 due to complications from AIDS. By Glen Helfand   

Art Review | Jan 28, 2014

Artists Without Borders: 12 Artists Take Over a Former Doctor's Office in Oakland

ArtComplex's pop-up exhibition capitalizes on redevelopment and reflects on history. By Christian L. Frock   

Art Review | Jan 26, 2014

Laeh Glenn's 'Ordinary Objects' Anything But

LA-based artist Laeh Glenn's solo show at Altman Siegel puzzles and thrills. By Sarah Hotchkiss   

Visual Arts | Dec 29, 2013

Experimenting Online: MoMA's 'Design and Violence'

Consider the Museum of Modern Art 's latest curatorial project, Design and Violence, as comparable to an experimental online course. It has an intriguing class description, set topics for each week, and a comments section akin to the discussion following a lecture. By Liz Mak   

Visual Arts | Dec 17, 2013

More Art Books for the Holidays, Please

Gift guide alert! File under "art" and "books" and "art books." By Kristin Farr   

Visual Arts | Dec 08, 2013

Merry Krampus!

Local book shop and publisher Last Gasp has a large collection of devilish items celebrating Krampus, Santa's Satanic twin. By Kristin Farr   

Art Review | Dec 07, 2013

Tropical Cubicle Dreams at the New Moroso Projects

An exhibition by local artist Greg Ito in a new SOMA arts space brings together workplace and vacation references to create a surreal playground of delectable surfaces, high contrast patterns, and humorous gestures. By Sarah Hotchkiss   

Art School | Dec 01, 2013

In the Studio with Ala Ebtekar

Ala Ebtekar grew up as a graffiti artist and studied traditional Persian art forms, later hybridizing these two interests to create work that is inspired by literary narratives, mythology, history, and hip hop culture.   

Art Review | Nov 27, 2013

SFMOMA Wanders Down the Peninsula

Mounting two shows, one at Stanford, the other in Los Altos, SFMOMA brings new commissions and selections from its collection to the South Bay. By Ben Marks   

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