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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:27

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Calumet Closes Their US Stores
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:40

OUCH <-- Calumet filled chapter 7 and is closing all their US stores including the one here in San Francisco. news

 
Another SF Gallery Down
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:48

SAN FRANCISCO --- We're really NOT trying to be negative here with posting so many stories of the city's art demise/ rapid changes, but man, the bad news keeps coming and coming. This time around another Mission gallery/ not-for-profit takes the hit as their landlord triples the rent... Let's hope they can find another space in the city sometime soon.

Root Division looses its space after landlord increased rent 3X

Root Division announces that it will lose its current space in the Mission District and will need to relocate in Summer 2014 <-- After residing at 3175 17th Street for more than nine years, Root Division was recently informed that its rental payments would nearly triple. Although disappointed that Root Division must vacate its long-term home, the organization's Executive Director, Michelle Mansour, maintains a positive stance, viewing this transition as "an opportunity to plan the development of a vital new, sustainable arts facility” with an affordable long-term lease. -continue reading

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Sketch Tuesdays Tonight
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:10

SAN FRANCSCO --- Tonight 111 Minna hosts their monthly Sketch Tuesday tonight featuring artists David Marc Grant, Katia Goa, Lee Harvey Roswell, Daryll Peirce, Ryan De La Hoz, Wednesday Kirwan, Ryan Gannon, Yalda Zakeri & more... w/ special guest artists from our current exhibition featuring new work by D Young V, Eddie Colla & Hugh Leeman

Artists draw, you watch and get the chance to purchase their works at inexpensive prices. Always a good night out - FREE.

work by D Young V, Eddie Colla & Hugh Leeman now on display at 111 Minna

 
A Mission Address: the New Status Symbol?
Saturday, 08 March 2014 14:29

FFDG, located at 2277 Mission St & 19th is now in the "IT" neighborhood. And where do these millionaires go to get artwork to adorn their new homes? How about w/ us?! www.ffdg.net

Around the corner from FFDG this small family home just sold for $3.5 million

 
San Francisco Artists, Galleries Displaced Amid Tech Boom
Friday, 07 March 2014 12:10

SAN FRANCISCO --- This morning's KQED Forum focused a portion of its show on the subject of artists in the city:

Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.

As of this AM, it's not online yet, but soon you should be able to listen HERE.

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

Art is always a struggle, but this is getting ridiculous. Sure there are a lot of art schools here, but graduating students leave the city faster than you can say student loan. This drying up of young talented artists is dampening SF's dynamic art scene.

But hey, it's a city, and we know that cities are always in a state of flux... Guess the problem many are facing is, this is happening so fast and so violent. We can hear the "fabric" of the city tearing, and for the sake of San Francisco and it's future, better hope the tech industry isn't as speculative as the first DOT COM and any conceivable economic downslide not as painful... but no worries, the artists will come back and help rebuild any potential mess like they always do.

 
Pose MSK in the heart of New York City
Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:46

The L.I.S.A. Project NYC invites Pose MSK to paint a mural in Little Italy on the eve of his show at the VOLTA art fair.
This week Pose MSK, who is visiting New York City from Chicago to take part in the VOLTA art fair with Jonathan Levine Gallery, painted a mural in Little Italy with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. Pose's work combines elements of signpainting, advertising, comic books and graffiti into collage-like pop-art compositions. The mural is located at 188 Lafayette, at the corner of Lafayette and Broome, and is the only mural Pose has running right now in Manhattan, although many New Yorkers may already be familiar with Pose's work since he painted at Houston and Bowery alongside Revok last year. -CONTINUE READING

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In the Rapily Changing San Francisco Landscape...
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:09

I think I just puked in my mouth...

Maybe none of your friends have been forced out of their apartments, maybe your favorite bookstore is still standing (for now), maybe you can afford $13 drinks. But there will come a time when you reach your own priced-out moment, something that pushes you from "there's nothing we can do" to "we must do something!" For me, it's this:

Esta Noche to be replaced by a "New York style lounge featuring the best local House music DJ's in a... sexy den of wood, leather, red velvet, and glowing candles." Not to mention a "very competitive bottle service program." --continue reading

Photo: Emmanuel Hapsis

 
In San Francisco Dog News...
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:04

This poor buddy really wants to be taken on a walk.

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Spotted on Valencia St
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:12

On the way to FFDG this AM, we walked by this wicked conversion on Valencia.

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Cutie & The Boxer
Friday, 28 February 2014 12:01

It's streaming on Netflix, it's been nominated for an Academy Award, so you've probably already seen this nice documentary, but if not, enjoy it sometime soon-

A look into the lives of struggling NYC based married artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. Heartfelt story which may give any young artist second thoughts when contemplating the life of a working artist. TRAILER

Noriko and Ushio Shinohara star in the Oscar nominated documentary "Cutie and the Boxer".

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Dave Kinsey & Mercedes Benz
Friday, 28 February 2014 08:24

Dave Kinsey (his '13 FFDG show) recently did the cover art for a Mercedes Benz mix tape and interview which can be read here.

Also in Dave Kinsey news, he just got back from Pow!Wow! in Hawaii where he finished this great mural.


 
Art galleries swallowed up by S.F. real estate boom
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:09

SAN FRANCISCO --- As a gallery owner, it's getting a bit lonely out here as many San Francisco institutions are forced to close and/ or move out of their spaces as tech companies expand and landlords are cashing in on higher and higher rents.

The San Francisco Chronicle today covers the closing of galleries out of 77 Geary ~Art galleries swallowed up by S.F. real estate boom

The George Krevsky Gallery, the Rena Bransten Gallery and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, all occupants of 77 Geary St., will be leaving soon to make way for their high-tech neighbor, MuleSoft, an Internet services company that needed to expand. ~continue reading

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

 
George Bush Solo Show
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:30

PRESIDENTIAL ART RELATED NEWS --- We're so ecstatic to report that the US 43rd president, George Bush, will be opening a show of 2 dozen new paintings in Dallas this April.

It's all so weird and slightly fascinating how his consciences is so vapid that he can paint sweet little pictures of dogs and birdies after all that he's been involved with. It shows how uninvolved and detached his soul was during those 8 years... Or maybe the simplicity of his painting is his escape from the moral turmoil he must be living through?!... Nah... Oh please oh please, can we get a press pass?!

Starting in early April, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy." The exhibit will focus on foreign policy and Bush's relationships with world leaders, according to a news release.

Two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits painted by Bush will be the highlight. The paintings will be "accompanied by artifacts, photographs and personal reflections to help illustrate the stories of relationships formed on the world stage," the news release said -READ ON

There is nothing ironic about loving the paintings of George W. Bush

 
Latest to Be Displaced in San Francisco’s Tech Boom: Art Galleries
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:59

SAN FRANCISCO BUMMER-TOWN --- The impact of the technology business on soaring residential real estate prices in San Francisco has gotten lots of attention during the past year. But the tech boom also is one factor driving a sharp rise in commercial real estate in the city and, now, is displacing a handful of long-established downtown art galleries.

Is San Francisco losing its soul? <-- via The Guardian

77 Geary Street, home of several art galleries displaced by a technology firm.

Several galleries on the second floor of 77 Geary St. were notified in January they'd have to leave space some of them have occupied for decades to make room for a tech tenant.

Trish Bransten, director of the Rena Bransten Gallery, said the galleries got an eviction notice effective Valentine's Day. The reason: the software and consulting firm Mulesoft, which began renting space in the building several years ago, is taking over the whole floor. Bransten says Mulesoft is offering more than double the rent for her space, which the gallery has occupied for 27 years. -CONTINUE READING

 
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