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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”

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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

I came to photography through my mother, Deborah Willis, and I really think it is almost through osmosis that I became a photographer, because pictures and cameras and darkrooms were everywhere when I was growing up.

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Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Jim Norrena

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Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

The process of demonstrating extraordinary ability "was not particularly hard but very, very annoying," said Wenxin Zhang, a San Francisco–based artist who makes "nonlinear photographic stories." She graduated from California College of the Arts and then got her O visa in 2014. It took two tries. The total bill?

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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.

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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