Art Beat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"New Work: Marilyn Minter." A single ice-blue eye looks uninterestedly into the distance, surrounded by a thick layer of cosmetic lacquer somewhere between the colors of blood and flamingo. It's a beautiful image, but not a happy one: Has the eye been made up to look injured? The photorealist painting in question, LA to NYC, leaves the viewer confused, but unable to look away. It and a slew of other glittering, color-drenched, large-scale photographs and paintings comprise this show, which will probably net the New York artist a raging horde of devoted S.F. fans. Through July 24 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is free-$12.50; call 357-4000 or visit (Hiya Swanhuyser) Reviewed April 13.

Also Showing


Andrea Schwartz Gallery. "Vacancy": Multimedia installation by John Nelson. Opening reception is June 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through June 30. 525 Second Street (South Park Street), 496-2090,

Anthony Meier Fine Arts. "Overpainted Photographs": Small work by Gerhard Richter. Through Aug. 19. 1969 California (at Octavia), 351-1400,

Arspace Gallery. "Instinctual Distractions": Group show of work on the theme of animal parallels with human behavior. Through July 1. 1286 Folsom (at Ninth St.),

Artseal Gallery. "Fifth Anniversary Exhibition": Curator Adam Gendell celebrates the gallery's fifth anniversary with a group exhibition. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 30. Free. 1847 Larkin (at Pacific), 567-3523.

Atrium Gallery. "Strange Days": Group show by the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Through July 22. 600 Townsend (at Seventh St.), 490-4877.

Bank of America. "Trinkets": Heather Marx Gallery presents an exhibition of indoor and outdoor sculpture by Matt Gil. Through Aug. 13. 555 California (at Kearny).

Blue Gallery. "Here and Now": Group show of paintings and sculpture. Through July 31. 731 Polk (at Willow), 606-7170,

Braunstein/Quay Gallery. "Robert Brady": New ceramic works. Through July 2. 430 Clementina (at Fifth St.), 278-9850,

Brian Gross Fine Art. "Robert Sagerman: Marking Time": New abstract paintings. Through July 2. "Domestic Scenes": New work by Stephen Sollins. Through July 2. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 788-1050.

California Historical Society Museum. "Eadweard Muybridge: San Francisco in Panorama": The photographer famous for motion studies also made panoramic images; here, see a room-sized picture of the city circa 1877. Through Oct. 8. free-$3. 678 Mission (at Third St.), 357-1848.

Catharine Clark Gallery. "Smiling So Much It Hurts": New drawings by Philip Knoll. Through July 16. "Indexision": Sculpture and installation work by Scott Roberts. Through July 16. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Second Fl.), 399-1439.

Chinese Historical Society of America. "Trading on Fear: Chinese Images in American Trade Cards": Exhibition of historical advertising trade cards common in the 19th century. Through July 31. 965 Clay (at Stockton), 391-1188.

City Art Cooperative Gallery. "Queer Art": An exhibit in celebration of Pride Month. Through June 29. 828 Valencia (at 19th St.), 970-9900.

Creative Growth Art Center Gallery. "Home": Group show of work by artists with disabilities. Through July 8. 355 24th St. (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-836-2340, ext. 15.

Creativity Explored. "Wear to Go": An exhibit of one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, like a fire-engine red corset made from electrical tape. Through July 14. free. 3245 16th St. (at Dolores), 863-2108,

Dolby Chadwick Gallery. "Sequence": New oil paintings by Lance Morrison. Through July 2. 210 Post (at Grant) (Second Fl.), 956-3560,

Fraenkel Gallery. "Obsessions of the Oculist": Curator Sheri Sheridan exhibits a collection of objects and oddities like eye charts, glass eyes, and signs with eyes on them from the first half of the 20th century. Included is a survey of the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, a Kentucky optometrist/ photographer. Through July 1. 49 Geary (at Kearny) (Fourth Fl.), 981-2661.

Frey Norris Gallery. "David Mellen": Exhibition of five new sculptures. Through Sept. 23. 456 Geary (at Taylor), 346-7812,

Future Primitive Sound. "Old Soul": Kelly Tunstall's whimsical, seductive paintings brings to life some of the most prominent female singers of soul music, like Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin. Through Aug. 10. free. 597 Haight (at Steiner), 551-2328,

Gallery 16. "Recent Editions": Featuring work by artists Elliot Anderson, Libby Black, Harrell Fletcher, William Laven, Kara Maria, Martin McMurray, Deborah Oropallo, Gay Outlaw, Rex Ray, and Inez Storer. Through July 1. 1616 16th St. (at Rhode Island), 626-7495.

Gallery at Thoreau. "Ecovisions: WEAD at Thoreau": Group exhibit of work exploring sustainability from the Women Environmental Artists Directory. Through Aug. 12. 1016 Lincoln (at Torney), 561-7823, gallery.html.

Gallery Paule Anglim. "John Zurier": New abstract paintings. Through July 2. "Wiegenlied": Work by Bull.Miletic. Through July 2. "New Paintings": Work by John Zurier. Through July 2. 14 Geary (at Kearny), 433-2710.

George Krevsky Fine Art. "Contemporary Artists": Group show featuring work by John Dobbs, Anthony Dubovsky, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Maury Lapp, Glenna Putt, Mary Robertson, William Wheeler, and Debra Walker. Through July 9. 77 Geary (at Grant), 397-9748.

Giant Robot. "I'm Glad We Met": Miniature installations by Saelee Oh and Souther Salazar. Through June 30. 622 Shrader (at Haight), 876-4773,

Giorgi Gallery. "Alvarado Artists Group Show": Mixed media exhibit featuring the work of Barbara K. Werner, Marilyn MacGregor, MJ Orcutt, Carla Dole, and Joan Mikkelsen. Through July 3. 2911 Claremont Ave. (at Claremont Blvd.), Berkeley, 510-848-1228,

Glama-Rama. "Berlin London Paris Pigeon Forge": New work by Jim Winters. Through July 30. 417 South Van Ness (at 15th St.), 861-4526,

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