In Memory of Mamade Kadreebux

Last Saturday Anne and I went to Berkeley to attend Mamade Kadreebux’s memorial. Mamade had a joint show at FOG with Anne in November of 2016, and during that month he introduced us to his world.  

 Mamade Kadreebux

Mamade Kadreebux

Born in Mauritius in 1946, Mamade spent a nomadic, spiritual life exploring and illuminating the globe. A philosopher, holy man, photographer, painter, and poet – he led an enchanted life, in turn enchanting all he met on his journeys. A truly mystical and magical presence, his was a true spirit of healing, love, and peacefulness. Mamade spread his love of life and art to all, and everyone at the gathering expressed their deepfelt admiration and thanks. He made life better for all he touched, and we at FOG were fortunate to be in his thrall.    -Peter

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Kasper Returns

Kasper Rodenborn is back!

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You must remember this (Kasper working on the back wall of our outdoor space last year).

 

Yari Ostovany's Opening

  Yari Ostovany  with his painting  Oracle II

Yari Ostovany with his painting Oracle II

...Pretty is a very dangerous thing versus beauty because sometimes you arrive at something pretty that you could be quite happy with, and some collectors would be quite happy with as well, but something inside is gnawing at you that it is not beautiful, it’s pretty. And then that destroying and rebuilding, that’s also kind of a tricky thing because if you think of it as destroying, that takes you in a different direction but when you step back and look at the longer arc of it, that’s just another step in the evolution of the work. And I always say you can never ruin a painting if you dare to ruin it. If you don't have faith and you get to some place that feels somewhat comfortable, you just stay there, and that I find dangerous. And that’s what Richter is talking about. I actually learned that through Francis Bacon many years ago, if I’m not mistaken, he said that when you get stuck in a painting, it’s usually what you like most in it that’s keeping you, so you have to paint that out. That’s a very difficult thing to do at first because you’re very attached to it. But then you realize it’s not about having a beautiful area in a painting, it’s about having a painting that works as a whole.  (From an interview with Yari called Pretty is a Dangerous Thing.)

 
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  Peregrine 25

Peregrine 25

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Our gallery will be bursting with Yari's luminous paintings through May 27.

 

Art Market SF

 photo by Jeannie O'Connor

photo by Jeannie O'Connor

 photo by Jeannie O'Connor

photo by Jeannie O'Connor

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Don't miss our treasure chest in the back corner! Six drawers of tiny treasures.

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Fort Mason, where Art Market is being held, is one of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco. There's a place you can buy a drink and flop down when you're too tired to walk anymore (above) – and look what you see out the window:

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 photo by Kevin Fong

photo by Kevin Fong

P.S. (Sunday) We had a BLAST, especially this one in the middle. Many thanks to our old friends – and all the new ones we made – for stopping by booth 523!

We'll be here for 2 more days! Today, Saturday, from 11-7 pm, and Sunday from 12-6 pm. Booth #523.

 

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Art Market San Francisco

April 26-29 at Fort Mason

Visit us in booth #523.

Complimentary Passes here!

VIP Preview
Thursday, April 26, 2018 — 6:00pm to 10:00pm


Public Hours
Friday, April 27, 2018 — 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018 — 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018 — 12:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Andrew Ramer's Reading

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Andrew Ramer is one marvelous storyteller. He read from two of his books this afternoon: Deathless, and Torah Told Different. His version of the Torah is deep, original, and lots of fun! Both book covers are graced with paintings by our Anne.

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Happy Birthday, Jeanie

 That's the birthday girl in the middle.

That's the birthday girl in the middle.

Come on down to FOG and wish Jeanie a happy birthday.  During our Fog Family music session today we will pause to sing Happy Birthday and have some bubbly and treats - so please join us from 5 to 6.

 

Richard Kamler Remembered

 Kamler with (left) "Last Statement," 1998, graphite, oil stick on paper, 61 x 31 inches; right: "Boy Warrior," 1975, graphite on paper, 75 x 36.5 inches

Kamler with (left) "Last Statement," 1998, graphite, oil stick on paper, 61 x 31 inches; right: "Boy Warrior," 1975, graphite on paper, 75 x 36.5 inches

by Robert Atkins squarecylinder.com

The artist Richard Kamler, who died on November 1, a day before his 82nd birthday, was unusual: a conceptualist and social practice artist before the terms existed. He was trained as an architect and to say he was unconcerned about conventional disciplinary categories is to be guilty of understatement. His first museum installation, Out of Holocaust (1976), was as close to architecture as he would get again — it was a life-sized replica of a barracks at Auschwitz, produced for the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley.  After that his work eschewed history for more contemporary concerns expressed in more hybrid idioms. He assembled a nationwide network of artists, for instance, to create visualizations of the concept, Seeing Peace, on unused billboards across the US. But it was the violence, racism, and wasted human potential typifying US prisons that became his signature subject.  Continue reading.

 

Richard Kamler's Opening

Richard Kamler's (1935-2017) artist statement begins: In 1963 I had just graduated from UC Berkeley and had gone to New York to begin an apprenticeship with Frederick Kiesler, the visionary painter, sculptor, theater designer and architect.  I was climbing the stairs to his studio and heard voices. He had left the door ajar for me and was talking to a museum director from Switzerland. He was saying that "through art we can change the laws of the world.”

This idea that art can engage in worldly affairs–“can change the laws of the world” –is what has driven my work these past 40 years. That art is a catalyst for social change and cultural transformation.

Read the rest of his inspiring statement here.

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Tears,

Laughter.

 
  photo by Cheryl Cooper

photo by Cheryl Cooper

  photo by Cheryl Cooper   

photo by Cheryl Cooper
 

 Peter Munks, Jeanie Bertrand, Tim Thurman

Peter Munks, Jeanie Bertrand, Tim Thurman

 

A Personal Note: Highs and Lows

19th and Alabama, deep in the Mission and early in the morning, 7:00am. Carmen’s cardiologist rechecks her ex-rays and confirms her diagnosis - respiratory heart failure with enlarged heart and irregular beat. We go to our favorite cafe, The Atlas at 20th and Harrison, have a great breakfast and commiserate.

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On the way to our car we see a flat file sitting out on the the street. We nab it and inside is a trove of fabulous colored paper. Anne is way happy, she has wanted a flat file for years.

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Back to Carmen: She is now on four medications and has to curtail her exuberance (not easy). We rescued Carmen when she was a year and half, and have loved and lived with her for over 10 years, and our journey continues. Come by and give her your good wishes.  -Peter

 

Connie Harris's Opening

 Connie Harris

Connie Harris

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Friends talked and laughed – and took a good look at the art, too.

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Connie gave an inspiring talk. She not only spoke about herself and her art, but stressed the importance of our (her audience) being creative.

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And then of course we had lots of questions for Connie about her art.

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p.s. The day of the opening just happened to be Connie's birthday!

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Hanging Connie's Show

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We are so excited to be hanging Connie Harris's show!

Please join us this coming Saturday, 12-6 pm, for the opening. Connie will give a talk at 2.

 

Behold the Sea

   After the Storm II   ,  2018. Oil on canvas. 30 x 40 inches

After the Storm II, 2018. Oil on canvas. 30 x 40 inches

Step outside FOG and to the west sits our glorious Pacific in all its splendor. Its grays and blues and clouds and fog form the leitmotif of our existence here in the Sunset. Now step inside FOG, and here is our Pacific rendered expertly in oil paint by local artist Jeffrey Nemeroff. The scenes are all familiar and the varying moods are exquisitely realized. For those of us who cherish the sea, this exhibit satisfies that primal connection we feel. This is the last weekend to catch this exciting show, and you can meet Jeff this Saturday between 3 and 6.   –Peter