The strong women of Afarin Sajedi are real and heroic, pulling no punches and bouncing back. We love her textured skin tones with their pink spots, smeared makeup, freckles and blustered blemishes. Embracing all things which give a woman character, from bloodshot eyes to wounded pride – Afarin shows us it is all beautiful.
Mark Ryden has a new book that was just released, full of art from his last show. The special edition of the Gay 90′s Exhibition Book collects sixty pieces from Mark Ryden’s “Gay 90’s” solo exhibition, which debuted at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City in 2010.
Bowled over by a painting of Timothy Cummings (below) which we saw at the artMRKT preview, we snooped around a bit and found lots more glorious art from Timothy. Surreal, narrative and somewhat visionary – his works are colorful and iconic twists of fate. They’ve a strong impact and a beautifully dominating presence, when viewed in the flesh.
The other art fair in town -artMRKT 2013, has quite a bit to see as usual – a huge venue, this time right down on our beautiful San Francisco Bay at Fort Mason. We guiltily skirted the picketers outside and wandered for an hour or two till our feet gave out. (Not sure how all those ladies in the black miniskirts and stilettos fared, not sure I want to…) Last night was a busy night at all the art fair previews!
One of the best aspects about ArtPadSF is it’s manageable size, just enough art display space so that one feels satiated – but not an overwhelming amount making your feet ache and your eyes go jiggy. Each gallery has its own hotel room – converted into a mini gallery, even the bathrooms. There is a restaurant and bar, palm trees and a gorgeous pool, sparkling in the sunlight to kick back and relax by, in-between room hopping.
We’ve shared just a tiny tidbit of the impressive art on exhibit – way too many great artists and art to cover here – just enough to tickle your fancy and get you on down to ArtPad’s happening scene.