Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

"Recent Paintings: Ada Sadler." In Ada Sadler's "Bathtubbie" series, she photographed and then painted, in exquisite detail, small, square portraits of simple tub toys (duckies and froggies) perched on the lips of sinks. It was whimsical, but perhaps too whimsical? Problem solved in "Recent Paintings," her current solo show, in which she photographs and then paints, in exquisite detail, small, square portraits of ... chairs. And not even interesting chairs, like an electric or a Barcelona, but the ordinary metal and plastic jobs found in university hallways. UC Davis Chair #6 is, in fact, a chair from UC Davis, much like what you would sit on outside a professor's office. Ditto for UC Davis Chair #5 and UCLA Chair #2. But it doesn't matter what Sadler paints. The shafts of sunlight piercing the darkened rooms, the drifting shadows, the unique angles -- it is all stunning, nearly photorealistic, as if you were looming over said chairs, contemplating a moment of repose. Through Oct. 1 at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post (at Grant), Second Floor, S.F. Admission is free; call 956-3560 or visit (Michael Leaverton) Reviewed Aug. 31.

Also Showing


111 Minna Gallery. "Fecal Face Dot Com 5 1/2 Year Anniversary Show": The art Web site celebrates with a show featuring work from more than 35 site regulars. Opening reception is Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. Sept. 1-30. 111 Minna (at Second St.), 974-1719,

33 Grand. "Marking Traces": Group show including the work of Joe Enos, Dustin Fosnot, Josh Keyes, Andrew Mills, Joey Piziali, Brad Silverstein, Molly Springfield, Robin Ward, Melissa Vandenberg, and Jeong-Im Yi. Through Sept. 4. 33 Grand (at Broadway), Oakland, 510-866-9501,

Amaru Gallery. "Ink": Cartoon art by Andrice Arp, Fredo, Renee French, Justin Hall, Lark Pien, and Jesse Reklaw. Curated by Justin Hall. Through Sept. 17. 510 Valencia (at 16th St.), 552-3787,

Andrea Schwartz Gallery. "Recent Paintings": New work by Griff Williams. Opening reception is Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 30. 525 Second St. (at South Park), 496-2090,

ARTé Gallery. "Philippine Center Arts": Group show of work by contemporary Filipino artists. Daily. 447 Sutter (at Stockton), Fourth Fl., 650-274-2617.

ARTworkSF. "One Night Stand": A single evening of art celebrating sexuality. Wed., Aug. 31, 5 p.m. $5-$10. 69 Green (at Front), 673-3080,

California Modern Gallery. "One Year Anniversary Exhibit": Group show. Through Sept. 30. 1035 Market (at Sixth St.), 716-8661.

City Hall. "Heroes All": Tom Graves' photographs of WWII vets. Opening reception is Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Through Oct. 28. "Mohammad Hourian": Paintings. Through Sept. 19. "Insights 2005": New work by legally blind artists including Lois Ann Barnett, Ida Berkowitz, Sujit Kumar Bhattacharjee, James Cadiz, Martha B. Cowden, Prosper Davies, Elizabeth Dilbeck, Pete Eckert, John Ednoff, Rosemarie Fortney, Carmelo C. Gannello, Jack Gelman, Bobbie Gray, Bruce P. Hall, Pedro Hidalgo, Bobby Hightower, Tara Arlene Innmon, Lacee King, Laura Landry, Annie Leist, Emilio Manzanares, Mari S. Newman, Pearl Palmer, Michael Richard, Barbara Romain, Ken Rossi, Keith Rosson, Velma Stiers, Takashi Tanemori, John Theiss, Alison Ulman, Elva Vergari, and Kurt Weston. Reception is Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 28. 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (at Fulton), 554-5184.

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

Gallery 555. Bean Finneran: The Oakland Museum of California presents "Up/Down/Around." Through Nov. 11. free. 555 City Center (near 12th St. and Clay), Oakland, 510-238-2200.

Gallery Paule Anglim. Louise Bourgeois: Drawings, hand-colored prints, and artist's books. Sept. 1-Oct. 15. free. 14 Geary (at Kearny), 433-2710.

George Krevsky Fine Art. "Back in the Day": Solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Raphael Soyer. Through Sept. 10. 77 Geary (at Grant), 397-9748.

Giant Robot. "Some Total": Paintings produced collaboratively by Craig Dransfield, Maya Hayuk, and Brian Holderman. Opening reception is Sept. 3 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 3-Oct. 3. 622 Shrader (at Haight), 876-4773,

Glama-Rama. Katie Bush: Featuring work from "More! More! More!" Through Sept. 24. free. 417 South Van Ness (at 15th St.), 861-4526,

Hang Annex. "Laugh Out Loud": Group show featuring the work of David Fullarton, Josh Keyes, David Lippenberger, Mark Soderstrom, and DAVe Warnke. Opening reception is Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. Sept. 1-30. 567 Sutter (at Mason), 544-0610.

Hang Gallery. "City or Nature: Reverence and Esteem": New paintings by Brian Ida. Opening reception is Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. Sept. 1-30. 556 Sutter (at Mason), 434-4264,

In Color 2. "Flags": Photography by Joe Brook, the editor of Slap magazine. Through Oct. 28. 2475 Third St. (at 22nd St.), 861-3997,

Inferno Gallery. "Being Raised Nancy": New work by Lorely Bunoan and Mimi Vitteta. Through Sept. 13. 4401 San Leandro (at High), Oakland, 510-435-4843,

International Museum of GLBT History. "Sporting Life: GLBT Athletics and Cultural Change From the 1960s to Today": A multimedia exhibit chronicling the participation of gay and lesbian people in a wide variety of sports. Through Dec. 31. 657 Mission, No. 300 (at New Montgomery),

Istituto Italiano di Cultura. "Senso": Photographs by Paul Ronald. Through Aug. 31. 425 Washington (at Battery), 788-7142,

Jack Hanley Gallery. "Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is": Group show of work inspired by confiscated student notes. Through Sept. 3. 395 Valencia (at 15th St.), 522-1623.

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