Wattis Institute News

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Laura Owens’s Ten Paintings—her first solo institutional show in the US since 2004—occupies both of the gallery spaces at The Wattis Institute with a multi-media exhibition that asks viewers to consider the imperceptible or undisclosed elements behind her work, both literally and figuratively.  In the larger front gallery, Owens does not disappoint with her technical bravado: a dizzying wall-to-wall installation of non-repeating wallpaper panels and interactive sound pieces, for a start.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

From Kadist, I followed Hou and Jouanno to Southern Exposure, Laura Owen’s solo at the Wattis, and openings at Minnesota Street Projects, an ingenious gallery-incubator meant to help patch up the city’s art community.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Robyn Wise

Installation view of Pryde’s 2015 exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute

London’s Tate Britain recently named artist Josephine Pryde a 2016 Turner Prize finalist for her CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts exhibition Lapses in Thinking by the Person I Am (May 5–August 1, 2015).

Artists Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, and Helen Marten are also on the shortlist.

The prestigious award is given annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for “an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work” held during the preceding year. The winner will be announced in December based on merit of the work for which the artist was nominated.

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Laura Braun

If we trust exhibition names, Laura Owens’ solo show at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art claims to be just ten paintings. But go looking for those paintings in the airy main space or the smaller gallery behind it, and you might get confused.

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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

For her solo exhibition lapses in Thinking By the person i Am at CCA Wattis, San Francisco. Through photography and installation Pryde explores the very nature of image making and display. She is fascinated by the relationship between art and photography, and by how commodities appear in different images and contexts. Her installations often include sculptural elements which highlight the context in which the work is displayed, placing as much importance on the staging of the work as the images themselves. 

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

Southwards and in Potrero Hill, The Wattis Institute is the California College of the Arts’s primary exhibition venue. What can you see there now? Ten pieces by prominent painter Laura Owens. Next, cruise over to the Mission for a couple neighborly sites. Balmy Alley has some of the best examples of the famed local murals, while the 500 Capp Street Foundation, at the former home of conceptual artist David Ireland, shows how he lived and worked.

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

The British photographer Josephine Pryde has been nominated for the coveted Turner Prize 2016 for for her solo exhibition 'lapses in Thinking By the person i Am' at the city's CCA Wattis gallery.

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Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Northumberland-born Pryde, at 49, just made the Turner Prize’s age cutoff. Known for her work in photography and installation, she’s nominated for her solo exhibition Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am at CCA Wattis, San Francisco. The show consisted of photographs of hands, all with brightly painted nails, in contact with various touch-sensitive objects: lamps, tablets, phones, human chests.

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Northumberland-born artist’s work could be described as conceptual photography, said Cotton. For her California show Pryde installed a 1:10 scale model of a Union Pacific freight locomotive which pulled two boxcars that visitors could ride as they viewed Pryde’s photographs of disembodied female hands.

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Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

Helen Marten’s selection is for projects including “Lunar Nibs” at the 56th Venice Biennale and the solo exhibition “Eucalyptus Let Us In” at Green Naftali, New York, and Josephine Pryde’s nomination for her solo exhibition “Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am” at CCA Wattis, San Francisco.

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