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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

The show -- incorporating experimental elements, such as allowing visitors to add their own stories through real-time social media channels -- is basically 10 exhibits in one. It's a collaboration of works by socially minded Oakland-based artists hand-picked by the project's lead artist, Chris Johnson, professor of photography at the California College of the Arts. Through sculpture, video, photography, a murder of fake crows and even elements of journalistic reporting, each artist explores the layers, the complexities, the individuality of the city.

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Last fall, when the Oakland Museum of California approached Chris Johnsonfor ideas on connecting the museum to a broader range of Oakland residents, Johnson was blunt.

Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

The earliest works in the exhibition come from Sultan’s collaborations with Mandel, which lasted almost 30 years. The two men met as students in the San Francisco Art Institute’s graduate program, where Sultan would eventually teach before becoming an influential teacher at the California College of Arts. Together Sultan and Mandel made art characterized by a punk energy entirely different from the contemplative stillness of Sultan’s solo photographic work. 

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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

Duley is launching a project called Legacy of War that he is hoping will be a broad collection of creative elements such as poetry, live performances, exhibitions and film screenings that together will give voice to people living in post-conflict countries. He is coming to the Bay Area Feb. 17-23 to speak about his remarkable life and the Legacy of War project.

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Check out Beyoncé's website right now and you'll get an eyeful of the work of New York artist Hank Willis Thomas. There's a slideshow of the artist's sculptures, photographs, and interactive projects, which frequently confront issues of race head-on. The images flash by within a graphic of a picture frame adorned with a plaque reading “Black History Month."

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Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Although Californian photographer Larry Sultan is one of the most prominent positions of the so-called “post-conceptual” photography in the United States, in Germany he has only been known among connoisseurs so far. Sultan was born in New York in 1946, but grew up in San Fernando Valley close to Los Angeles. His teaching career includes a professorship for photography at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He died in 2009. 

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

He was a respected teacher at SFAI and California College of the Arts but his best known series brought him back to his home town. The Valley was born of a Maxim magazine assignment to document a porn star at work in a film. He continued by photographing multiple shoots in the San Fernando Valley, images often titled by street location: Chandler Blvd. Instead of obviously sexualized or sensational shots, Sultan documented the actors waiting and waiting, wearing heavy make-up and unlikely costumes.

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

Arranged in reverse chronology, the work on view is an expansive and comprehensive look at Sultan's practice, beginning with "Evidence" (1977), a group of found black-and-white photographs, sourced and decontextualized from the archives of corporations and government agencies made in collaboration with Mike Mandel.

Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Larry Sultan: Here and Home,” a retrospective of the work of the Greenbrae photographer, will be at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Sunday, Nov. 9, through March 22. Brooklyn-born Sultan was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and lived in the Bay Area from the ’70s until his death in 2009, with long teaching stints at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts. The exhibition, organized by LACMA, will go to the Milwaukee Art Museum after its Los Angeles showing, and will be at SFMOMA not long after its reopening.