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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

Born in San Francisco in 1932, raised in Alameda, artist Robert Bechtle has lived most of his 82 years in the Bay Area.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and taught painting at San Francisco State University for 30 years.  He currently resides in Potrero Hill.

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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Flipping through more than 100 advertisements that are stripped of all words and context and guessing what they mean is an exercise for the brain. Nevertheless, last week, for more than an hour, we sat in artist Hank Willis Thomas' midtown Manhattan studio doing just that. The images we viewed compose his most recent body of work, "Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015," which will go on view today at Jack Shainmain Gallery in Chelsea, and delves even further into the artist's previous explorations of power, beauty, privlege, and desire in America.

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Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When we digest a printed advertisement, whether it's for a skin cream or an underwear brand or a fast food joint, the actual commercial good being plugged is often irrelevant. Behind the logo, messages such as this is how you want to look and this is how you want to be seen bubble beneath the surface, instructing us all how to look, act and speak in order to be accepted, valued, loved.

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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

In the year of Barack Obama’s election, the artist Hank Willis Thomas created a project called “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968–2008.” It was made up of 82 magazine advertisements, two from each year, that showed or made reference to African-Americans — except that he’d stripped all the text out.

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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Becker announced his departure from HTC last week. He will serves as vice president of industrial design -- a newly created position at Fitbit -- and will report to CEO James Park, Fitbit said in an e-mailed statement. Recode earlier reported on Becker's new job.

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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Born in 1971 in Santa Monica, CA, Josh Greene has exhibited widely including at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more. He holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts where he is currently an adjunct professor. Greene works in the conceptual art tradition with a focus on public actions and interchange.

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Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Mendenhall was born in 1937 and lives and works in Oakland, California. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he also taught. He received a Purchase Award from the Butler Institute of American Art, and has exhibited in the Tokyo Biennial as well as a traveling exhibition, Realism Since 1960. His work is in the collections of the University of California, Berkeley and the Oakland Museum.

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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Musician, poet, artist, Elaine Kahn was born in Evanston, Illinois and is currently based in Oakland, California. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA from California College of the Arts. Kahn is the author of three poetry chapbooks, A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse(2012), Customer (2010), and Radiant Bottle Caps (2008), and is a contributor to Art Papers. Her music project, Horsebladder, has toured widely throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also co-founder of the feminist puppet troop P.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Orange isn’t the new black; or at least it wasn’t at at the California College of the Arts’ annual gala, Black is the New Black, a memorable evening of fashion and fun. The CCA Gala, a fundraising event to support scholarships at CCA, was held March 25 on the CCA’s San Francisco campus in the spectacular architecture award-winning Nave — transformed by Stanlee Gatti for this occasion.

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Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

But Kloehn didn’t set out to make any political or symbolic statement. As long as he can remember, he loved building things. At first, growing up in Denver, it was forts. After getting his undergraduate degree at Evergreen State College, then attending California College of Arts and Crafts (now called California College of the Arts), he had a fantasy of building an “art utopia” in Oakland, filled with artist friends.

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