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2013 Stories by Jonathan Curiel

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  • Do Be Square

    published December 25, 2013

    Squares can look like diamonds tilted in a different direction. And when the two shapes are patterned in a singular painting — and... More >>

  • Picturing the Bay Bridge

    published July 24, 2013

    For LIFE magazine from 1936 to 1960, Bay Area photographer Peter Stackpole did everything from profiling Hollywood celebrities to going abroad... More >>

  • Larger vistas

    published October 16, 2013

    Even as he pushes 80 years of age, the celebrated British painter David Hockney is experimenting with art. In the 2010 documentary... More >>

  • Get up, Stand up

    published December 18, 2013

    In a career that has spanned three decades (and counting), Jamaican reggae artist Stevie Culture has done it all — backup singer... More >>

  • Sound the Trumpet

    published December 11, 2013

    "Born into poverty in Cuba and held back by his government, he risked everything to share his gifts with the world." The words of Barack Obama... More >>

  • Is This Mission Energy?

    published October 9, 2013

    Despite its rapid gentrification, the Mission District continues to inspire artists to new heights, including in street art, but the... More >>

  • Sand Art

    published December 4, 2013

    An epic story with plotlines centered on revenge, resurrection, and survival, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is the kind of comic series... More >>

  • Untitled: 1007 Market St.

    published December 18, 2013

    Untitled: 1007 Market St. The Brazilian street artists who call themselves OSGÊMEOS, which means "The Twins" in... More >>

  • Bedtime Stories: Neil Gaiman Lays Eyes on the Art of The Sandman for the First Time

    published December 18, 2013

    On a chilly San Francisco afternoon, Neil Gaiman, the mop-topped British screenwriter, novelist, and comic-book writer, steps out of his... More >>

  • Get Active

    published November 27, 2013

    Full of curious circles, triangles, and rectangles that somehow mesh together, Ohad Meromi's artwork, called 1967, sits atop a large... More >>

  • visions on the edge

    published August 28, 2013

    Charles Gatewood has spent a lifetime photographing the edges of his surroundings. Instead of Bob Dylan on stage in all his glory in the... More >>

  • Skin Deep

    published November 20, 2013

    This month, Ana Teresa Fernandez has been an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, where she's creating – with the help of... More >>

  • Untitled: 627 Vallejo St.

    published December 4, 2013

    On a recent Sunday afternoon, a 53-year-old man who goes by the name of "Elvis Christ" stood at the southwest corner of Vallejo and Columbus in... More >>

  • The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last

    published December 4, 2013

    Four decades after Diane Arbus was found dead in a New York bathtub with both of her wrists slit, the art world is still analyzing her life and... More >>

  • Behind the Paint

    published November 13, 2013

    Earlier this year, painter and sculptor Brad Kahlhamer was one of a select number of artists asked to co-star with Jay-Z in the... More >>

  • Illegal Superheroes

    published November 6, 2013

    In big, upper-case letters, the poster says "ILLEGAL," then explains that the man portrayed should be reported — and deported — if... More >>

  • Take a Seat: Two Shows that Demand (and Reward) Contemplation

    published November 20, 2013

    The films of Federico Fellini, says Dutch artist Rik van Iersel, "teach that you can stand in the street and see it as surrealistic theater.... More >>

  • Highwire Act: Mural by Day, Light Show by Night

    published November 20, 2013

    It's one of the Bayview District's biggest structures — ­as tall as the Statue of Liberty and as long as a football field. Located... More >>

  • Know Your Street Art: Peaceful Hearts Doctor

    published November 6, 2013

    In 2010, Banksy came to San Francisco and plastered new work around the city, including a prominent wall in Chinatown that suddenly sported a... More >>

  • Infinite Regress: Two Iranian Artists Multiply Their Spiritual Images

    published November 6, 2013

    With an arts tradition that goes back more than 5,000 years, and a modern art scene that embraces everything from graffiti to avant-garde film,... More >>

  • That Beauty Is Mine

    published September 18, 2013

    Whether he's photographing canisters that contain the ashes of former psychiatric patients or taking images of X-rays that reveal the insides... More >>

  • Know Your Street Art: Read Mother Fucking Books!

    published October 23, 2013

    It's a simple sticker that's just a few inches in diameter. And it's been attached to an inconspicuous surface: the side of a trash bin in San... More >>

  • Redeeming the Mugshot: Monica Lundy Confronts the Sex Workers of Yore

    published October 23, 2013

    They had day jobs in San Francisco. One was a waitress, another a painter, and another a hotel porter. They wanted to earn more money, so they... More >>

  • The clothes make the country

    published July 31, 2013

    Nigeria has produced some of the most enduring music, literature, and artwork of the past 50 years. Think Fela Kuti and his Afrobeat music.... More >>

  • open house

    published October 2, 2013

    Every year during SF Open Studios, artists throughout San Francisco invite people into their studios to preview work that's newly ready... More >>

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