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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Curator Jens Hoffmann is known for for his playful, thoughtful engagement with the history of exhibition-making. In 1999, he collaborated with artist Maurizio Cattelan to stage a fake biennial in the Caribbean—“The Sixth International Caribbean Biennial,” even though there had been no previous five—for which the artists most prevalent in that decade’s proliferating international biennials were essentially invited to go on vacation to St. Kitts.

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Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

"I made so many ceramics - where can I put them all?" said Seka, who's a sculptor in residence at California College of the Arts in Oakland. "First I just put one in the front, but I got so much fantastic response I started putting out more."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

In just the past year, a flurry of Union Square boutiques have wisely focused their opening fanfare on either a shopping benefit or a direct donation to a fundraiser - including Ferragamo for Mid-Winter Gala, Ghurka for ZooFest, Oliver Peoples for CCA Wattis Center, Chanel/Bottega Veneta/Carolina Herrera for CPMC Foundation and Prada for S.F. Ballet.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Every once in a great while, a young talent (ahem, Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung) will come along and stop us dead in our tracks. And, right now, that’s recent California College of the Arts grad Zara Dramov, behind handbag brand The Common Knowledge. Inspired by three-dimensional structure, this new line only stocks two styles at present, but, quite frankly, that’s all it really needs. Because, they’re that good.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

This modestly scaled, highly variegated exhibition presents a salon of 48 works (drawings, photographs, prints and videos) that examine ideas about the book.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal -- stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Working with the California College of the Arts, the group recently organized a Design Sprint in which teams of students created outreach campaigns to improve road safety. The results included a program promoting Zen to resolve road rage to a public-transit-inspired group bike commute program. Organizers are working with public agencies to turn some of the most effective ideas into reality.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mati Rose McDonough never expected to be a professional artist.

But when McDonough (whose first name, Mati, is pronounced Matey) got laid off from her job at a San Francisco law firm in 2007, the urge to paint grew so strong that she decided to take the plunge and apply to the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Nature - as seen through the strange, rough magic of memory - has been the overriding force behind Los Angeles painter Jake Longstreth's latest paintings, his "Particulate Matter" series. Dark or hazy landmasses are rendered with what he describes as "thin, nervous-looking strokes, done in an off-the-cuff manner," in contrast with tonal skies and the occasional rambunctious pink or green cloud.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Did you know a ballpoint pen could do that? Did you know that someone could have the patience, discipline, and skill
 to do that?” asks artist Hank Willis Thomas, who met Odutola after a 2010 lecture he gave at the California College of the Arts, where she was then in her first year as a graduate student. “She asked me to do a studio visit. I’d done 20 in two days, so I was like, ‘Heck no!’ But I don’t like saying no, so I stopped by her studio, wrote my info on the wall, and did my best 
to make it up to her.”

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