Jessica Silverman is delighted to announce representation of Catherine Wagner, an award-winning artist, whose ambitious photographic practice spans four decades. Wagner grew up in the Bay Area, the child of a German expat and a Filipina, who immigrated to the USA shortly after World War II. After studying abroad and coming out as gay, Wagner began exploring the systemic intricacies of American power and culture.
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A recording of Judy Chicago in conversation with Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge of Contemporary Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is now available. Check it out for an in-depth conversation about the intersection of feminism and environmentalism in Chicago’s fifty-year oeuvre. In the fall of 2021, the De Young Museum will host the first major retrospective of Chicago’s work.
Jessica Silverman is delighted to announce representation of Sadie Barnette, an artist whose work reveals quintessential American truths through exploration of her own family history. Working in photography, drawing, sculpture and installation, Barnette’s work makes a unique contribution to California social history and global discourses about race, sex and love.
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Jessica Silverman is delighted to announce representation of Clare Rojas, the California artist best known for her magic realist and otherworldly abstract paintings. Scheduled for December, a solo exhibition of recent work by Rojas will inaugurate Jessica Silverman’s new gallery space on Grant Avenue in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
In this online conversation to celebrate the opening of new exhibitions at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, two innovators in the creation and presentation of video art, British artist Isaac Julien CBE RA and Oakland-based artist, curator, and writer Leila Weefur, discuss the poetics and architecture of cinema.
Matthew Angelo Harrison has been awarded LACMA‘s Art + Technology Lab grant, a $45,000 award for an art project that engages with emerging technologies. One of four artists chosen from 600 submissions, Harrison will collaborate with scientists on creating a material that can be used for 3D printing of structural environments relevant to his ongoing exploration of “Abstract Ancestry.” Harrison’s project is titled “The Consequence of Platforms.”
Rose B. Simpson will be in conversation with Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, on Tuesday August 25.
“A Transporting New Exhibition Explores the Possibility That All Things Are Imbued With Spiritual Life”
Written by Caroline Goldstein
July 31, 2020
Conrad Egyir’s painting, Paragons of Rest: The Steadfast and Luxuriate, makes a cameo appearance in Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King (2020), streaming on Disney+.
Debuting this spring, San Francisco-based sculptor Davina Semo’s large-scale installation of interactive bells will be sited along the New York City waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The exhibition builds on a series of bells that she began developing in 2016.
Opening August 13, 2020
“For Jessica Silverman, Breaking Ground is Nothing New”
Written by Laura Bannister
July 22, 2020
Jessica Silverman is pleased to present Part II of “Conversational Spirits,” an exhibition exploring animism – the belief that animals, plants, places and objects can be enlivened by spirits or imminent powers. Associated with the worship of nature and the rise of subordinate souls, animism is a theme broadly relevant to a time in which equal rights, ecology and biochemistry are serious concerns. Animism has long been germane to art insofar as the most compelling objects are imbued with such intention, intensity and energy that they feel alive.
In this roundtable, artists Andrea Bowers, Rose B. Simpson and Lara Schnitger discuss how their work intersects with questions of animate matter, animism, and the spirituality of politics. The session is moderated by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Art History at University of California, Berkeley.
Jessica Silverman is pleased to present “Conversational Spirits,” a two-part summer group show, featuring work that explores “animism,” the belief that animals, plants, places and objects are imbued with spirits. These entities have strong characters. They are enlivened by social awareness and a yearning to communicate. Some command power; others are driven by a mission.
Animism, as a traditional belief system, is a global phenomenon, common to indigenous peoples around the world. It survives in vestigial ways in large scale religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Judeo-Christian ritual. Often associated with the worship of nature, animism is a theme broadly relevant to this moment in which equal rights, environmentalism and the neuroscience of our mammalian brains are of concern to many.
Animism is a relevant analogy for the agency, intensity and energy embodied by great art. When the trees are whispering, when abstraction breathes, when a painted portrait questions your sense of self, spirits are not far away.
The Ohio-born, LA-based artist combines meticulous observation of the social world with a nuanced understanding of materials. Researching her work like an archivist and ethnographer, Bowers embeds herself in activist communities in order to understand their motives and missions in depth. As such, her work bears witness. Never rigid or doctrinaire, it seduces viewers into pondering difficult questions through exacting draftsmanship, engaging texture, vibrant color and/or choreographed light. “My politics shift and mutate. I’m always looking to push my education about power, justice, liberty and privilege,” says Bowers.
Jessica Silverman Gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition of Judy Chicago’s extensive earthwork archive, titled “Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks,” to the Nevada Museum of Art, a non-profit founded in 1931.
“Woody De Othello”
Christopher Hart Chambers
March 4, 2020
“Meet the Art community of the US Southwest: Rose B. Simpson Believes Culture Is for ‘Conscious Nurturing’”
March 9, 2020
Referencing the history of space and form through architecture, design, and imagery, Claudia Wieser considers the coexistence of abstraction and the physiological experience through her spatial installations. With a nod to Modernist geometric constructions inspired by the Bauhaus and influenced by spirituality within an artistic practice like artists Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee before her, Generations will encompass Wieser’s distinctive, multi-faceted practice. This will include hand-painted and patterned ceramics, carved wooden sculptures, tiled mirrored sculptures, fine colored pencil and gold leaf drawings, and large and small plinths that act as both sculptures for display and sculptures themselves. Collaged together from her vast archive, the combination of textures, surfaces, and spliced imagery allows the viewer to create new histories, and in turn, see themselves both within that history and adding to it.
Opening: March 19, 2020 from 6-8PM
Ongoing: March 19, 2020 to June 13, 2020
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Terra Nullius is the first solo museum show for Detroit-based visual artist, Conrad Egyir. For this debut, Egyir created a new body of work while in residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City, during the summer of 2019. The works in this show focus on figurative characters that reside or bestride three geographical spaces–Detroit, New York, and Aburi, Ghana–and how the cultures of each of these locations define citizenship, migration, hybrid spaces, and political and religious revolutions. At the core of the exhibition, is finding similarities among the three psycho-social terrains and synthesizing them into a new space “Terra Nullius.” Within this new place, devoid of political and legal constructs, its residents behave as stewards of time, resources, and space.
Opening: April 16 2020 from 7-10PM
Ongoing: April 16, 2020 to June 20, 2020
“Politics, Picasso, and Rabbit Bones Make the Scene at ADAA Art Show Opening New York”
Written by Sarah Douglas and Angelica Villa
February 26, 2020
“Flying high: Artist Rose B. Simpson”
Written by Michael Abatemarco
February 21, 2020
Patterns of Perception is a collaborative project between a group of individuals with Parkinson’s, Central Saint Martins, English National Ballet (ENB), University College London (UCL) and artist Ruairiadh O’Connell. In 2019 a series of workshops ranging from textiles to dance and art took place to explore and understand the experiences and perceptions related to Parkinson’s. The aim was to find better ways of explaining, to a broader audience, what it means to live with Parkinson’s disease. Emphasis was put on interweaving science, dance and visual arts methods and the resulting artworks and visual diaries are presented in this exhibition.
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Opening: March 24, 2020 from 2:00-4:00PM
Open to the public daily from March 4 – April 24 2020
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“Spring Art Preview”
Written by Andrea K. Scott
February 28, 2020
“The Most Talked-About Moments From Frieze Los Angeles 2020”
Written By: Andrea Whittle
February 18, 2020
Artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien continues a conversation with Trinh T. Minh–ha on interdisciplinarity, the moving image, and contemporary culture in filmmaking that has unfolded over their decades–long friendship.
The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
February 28, 2020 at 6:30PM
“How to Throw a Dinner Party Like a Gallerist”
Written By: Anna Furman
January 22, 2019
Sense of Self
Photographs from Marcela Pardo Ariza, Tammy Rae Carland, Erica Deeman, Jamil Hellu, and Stephanie Syjuco
From November 9 – March 15, 2020
Sense of Self features Bay Area photographers who explore identity and selfhood through portraiture.
Davina Semo’s exhibition Core Reflections marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series. The San Francisco-based artist works across two and three dimensions, often utilizing industrial materials that examine tensions between nature, society and the self. Her project for di Rosa considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape as well as its siting as a point of public assembly. Taken as a whole, Semo’s assembly of works for di Rosa creates a subtle yet ecstatic mode of corporeal engagement by prompting a reevaluation of our contemporary mindset ruled by anxieties and unease. Core Reflections invites sustained moments of introspection and contemplation within the permeable precipice of built and organic space.
From January 29, 2020 to June 18, 2020
“United States Artists Names 2020 Recipients of Coveted Fellowships, Including Howardena Pindell, Martine Syms, Cameron Rowland”
Written by: Alex Greenberger
January 22, 2020
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“Place and Persistence: Hanif Abdurraqib and Matthew Angelo Harrison in Conversation”
Conversation with Mathew Angelo Harrison and Hanif Abdurraqib
January 25, 2020
“Woody De Othello: Gravity at Play”
Interviewed by Chiara Moioli
January 16, 2020