Monthly Archives: October 2011

Auction X: Artistic License Annual Benefit Art Auction

Berets and bongos were everywhere at di Rosa’s beatnik-inspired 10th Annual Benefit Art Auction. The crazy scene began in the Main Gallery with a jaw-dropping performance by Conspiracy of Beards and a superb dinner accompanied by the sounds of The Real Jazz Trio. The event moved to the tented courtyard with a parade of go-go dancers and drummers from Cosmos Percussion Orchestra. Auctioneer Greg Quiroga ordered bidders “Don’t be square. Put your paddles in the air” for live lots including some of the 45 works donated by notable Bay Area artists. Spirited bidding in the Silent Auction led to dancing to the lounge sounds of Project Pimento. A groovy time was had by all the hepcats.
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Renaissance on Fillmore, 1955-65

Between 1955 and 1965, San Francisco’s upper Fillmore District was an important, locus of creative ferment and home to a remarkable and eclectic group of painters, poets, and musicians who changed the course of American art. The exhibition will feature work by Joan Brown, William H. Brown, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, and others, along with photographs, posters, and exhibition announcements documenting this extraordinary period in Bay Area art. read more

Image: Hayward King, Vicky, 1955. Oil on canvas, 16 x 24 in. Collection of Gary Spratt, courtesy of Calabi Gallery, Petaluma.

Entering the Wild

Curated by Anne Veh, Entering the Wild features the work of contemporary artists who share a reverence for the natural world. On view are sculptures and drawings by Jane Rosen, photographs by Lukas Felzmann and Richard Whittaker, photographic and video installations by Trish Carney, mixed media installations by Adriane Colburn, and editioned books by Charles Hobson with Barry Lopez. read more

Image: Lukas Felzman, Swarm, 2011.