Sculpture News

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by Clay Walsh

Untitled, mid-1960's: "I think mystery is more interesting than explanation, so let's leave this as a mystery." Louise Bourgeois

French-born American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) passed away Monday at age 98. The artist first studied painting at École du Louvre, then at École des Beaux-Arts. She was an assistant to Fernand Léger, a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, before moving to New York in 1938, where she continued displaying her work until the end of her life.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by Marion Anthonisen

This is the first in a short series of Q&A sessions with students in CCA's First Year Program, or "first years." The sequence is aimed at familiarizing prospective CCA students with our Bay Area art-making community. Maybe you’ll imagine yourself here!

Check back for another interview next week, or (better yet!) subscribe to the RSS feed at the link below and never miss an update. As always, feel free to contact me at with any questions about our admissions and enrollment processes.

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Allison Smith: Needle Work
University of Chicago Press, 2010
Paperback, 64 pages, $15

Allison Smith (Sculpture faculty) critically engages popular forms of historical reenactment and artifacts through sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, and other media. This catalog accompanies her solo exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University. The works take masklike forms, intertwining the horrific and the playful and questioning essential notions of camouflage and masquerade. The project also includes staged photographic portraits of the remade masks being worn, held, or positioned as props, and a set of silk parachutes printed with patterns based on early masks, further engaging the material culture of war.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

Sanjit Sethi will head ENGAGE at CCAView slideshow 

In 2010, students at California College of the Arts (CCA) will design furniture for Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland; help improve communications and systems for seniors at Bethany Center, San Francisco; create protective nesting modules for seabirds on Año Nuevo Island, off the Northern California coast; and work with high school students to publish an anthology of personal essays at 826 Valencia Book Project, San Francisco. These and several other projects are part of ENGAGE at CCA, an innovative initiative that will launch January 11, 2010.

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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

This is only Allison Smith's third semester teaching at CCA—she moved to the Bay Area about a year and a half ago—but she's already hit the art scene here with a powerful dose of positive energy.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena

(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place

Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?

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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Jordan Kantor, Untitled (Lens Flare), 2008; oil on canvas; 26 x 34 in.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently announced the recipients of the 2008 SECA Art Award, administered by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art. Two of the four winners are CCA faculty members: Jordan Kantor (associate professor, Painting/Drawing Program) and Desirée Holman (lecturer, First Year Program, Media Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies). Tauba Auerbach and Trevor Paglen are the other recipients.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Yee Jan Bao, untitled, 2008, 36 x 48 in., oil on canvas

Painting faculty member Yee Jan Bao received a praiseworthy $25,000 individual support grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc. Bao was awarded the grant in honor of his status as a mature artist—defined by having spent a minimum of 20 years in the specific fields of painting, sculpture, or printmaking—who has dedicated his life to his work.

Established in 1976, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc.

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Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 by Chris Bliss

Oppenheim's Engagement sculpture was first created in 1998

Alumnus Dennis Oppenheim (BFA 1965) is one of 19 international artists selected to create monumental sculpture for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which begin today in Beijing, China.

The sculptures are on public display during the games and will remain as part of an outdoor permanent collection in Beijing Sculpture Park.

Of the 19 artists, only Oppenheim was awarded two commissions: Raining Halos will be installed in Beijing; Engagement in Hong Kong.

Raining Halos, composed of 60 stainless steel rings, stands 35 feet high and pays homage to the Olympic emblem of interlocking rings, as well as the natural phenomenon of the aurora borealis. As the rings spin, a fine water mist cools spectators under the pavilion.

Engagement, first created in 1998, is a 30-foot-tall sculpture of conjoined rings with pitched-roof houses perched on top of each band. The sculpture is installed in Hong Kong's Olympic Equestrian Park.

Oppenheim, who was born in 1938, is regarded as a pioneer of the 60s and 70s for his land art, performance art, and video. In addition to his BFA from CCA, he received an MFA from Stanford University.

His numerous solo-exhibition venues include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Kunsthalle Basel; the Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal; and the Museo de Arte Alvar, Mexico City.

Oppenheim's many commissions from institutions worldwide include Ballerup Kommune, Copenhagen; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Olympic Park, South Korea.

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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 by Sarah Owens

CCA artists worked with students from Stuttgart, Germany

The Institute for Social Research and the Discovery of Art God started as a pedagogical experiment between California College of the Arts students and learners from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, Germany, to make art while living in a self-organized commune.

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) emerged from the experiment and the result is a collection of mixed-media works: films, altars, songs, performances, truth-tellings, Art God, an idol to which to pray and ask guidance—even a sofa-Jacuzzi—all of which are currently on exhibit at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California, through July 26, 2008.

Artist and CCA Graduate Fine Arts Chair Brian Conley and Berlin-based, teacher-artist (and recent CCA visiting artist) Christian Jankowski initiated the collaborative exhibition by offering a for-credit class, simply titled Commune, that was based on the experience of self-organization, self-agency, and experience in an intensive laboratory-style learning environment.

The students rented a communal house between August and December in 2007 in San Francisco's Ocean Beach neighborhood in which to live and work, without set parameters for their creations. Christian Jankowski loosely supervised the group, often from overseas, offering little direction or discipline. The goal was for students to create art for the exhibition and academic advancement.

Curator and CCA alumna Erin Elder (Curatorial Practice 2007) discusses how Art God materialized: "Participating artist Byung-Chul introduced prayers to the ISR's daily regimen, asking for guidance, support, and authenticity from something called Art God. The group joined him in these strange rituals and within very little time Art God became part of the group's regular vocabulary, showing up in collaborative artworks, conversation, and even public events."

Elder's essay, "793 Possibilities and How to Make Sense of it?," is featured in the exhibition's 450-page catalogue, as are essays by Conley and Jankowski.

The ISR is planning a second exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverin near Stuttgart that opens in August 2008.

For more information and a complete list of ISR participating artists, visit the Richmond Art Center website.

The Richmond Art Center
2540 Bartlett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804


Ministry for Science, Research and Art, Baden-Württemberg
Rectorship of the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
Friends of the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
The Richmond Art Center
The German Consulate of San Francisco
Lobot Gallery, Oakland

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