Wattis Institute News

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Curated by students of the Curatorial Studies program at the California College of the Arts, this compact, well-considered gathering of work across many media byMartin Wong is a marvel of what the small-scale and seemingly ephemeral can communicate. The artist, who died in 1999 of complications from AIDS, was moderately recognized in his own lifetime, but has been experiencing a recent escalation of attention, peaking perhaps in Julie Ault’s curation of some of his work into the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Brenda Tucker

Josephine Pryde



Lapses in Thinking by the Person I Am

Josephine Pryde

May 5–August 1, 2015

Curated by Jamie Stevens


Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Joan Jonas to receive honorary doctorate from CCA

American artist Joan Jonas will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 108th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.

Jonas will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. She will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

About Joan Jonas

A world-renowned pioneer of video and performance art, Joan Jonas is lauded as one of the most important female artists of the 1960s and 1970s and will represent the United States in the 2015 Venice Biennale. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively throughout the world.

In 1994, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a major retrospective, and another retrospective was organized by the Queens Museum of Art in 2004. She has been included in the Whitney Biennial and in Documentas 5, 6, 8, 11, and 13.

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

For their first solo show in the U.S., the Belgian duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys filled San Francisco’s Wattis Institute with varying tones of blankness. Upon entering the main gallery, one is oddly “greeted” by a plethora of tall, stark white, paper-doll-like figurative steel sculptures titled The White Elements (2012). Each is topped with a scribbly, pencil-drawn portrait of an indiscriminate face.

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Today’s show: “Martin Wong: Painting Is Forbidden,” which is on view at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco through April 18, 2015. It was curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015, and—to quote the news release—presents “writing, calligraphy, drawing, ceramics, theatrical set design, painting, poetry, and collage” by the great Martin Wong (1946–1999).

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden is a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Chinese-American artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) curated by the California College of Art’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, Class of 2015. The exhibition encompasses writing, calligraphy, drawing, ceramics, theatrical set design, painting, poetry, and collage.

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Martin Wong at CCA: For something in a completely different creative register, see “Martin Wong: Painting Is Forbidden” at the Wattis Institute of California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden is a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Chinese-American artist Martin Wong (1946-1999), and encompassing writing, calligraphy, drawing, ceramics, theatrical set design, painting, poetry, and collage. The show is on view at Wattis through April 18, 2015.

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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

We know, we know—Armory Week literally just ended (and Art Basel in Miami Beach remains a not-so-distant memory). But it's time to go ahead and start bracing yourself for the similarly crazy experience of Frieze Week, which is a mere two months away. To get you in the spirit, NADA New York has released its list of 2015 exhibitors. The fair will once again take place at Pier 36 and run from May 14–17, 2015.

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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Our modern world is fast.  The connections we make are immediate yet superficial:  texting, social media, and mass media swirl past us to until we are left over-saturated by information, much of which is useless.  Amidst all of this, hiding in plain sight, are the evils of corruption, poverty, and the complacency we practice to endure it.  The Belgian artistic duo of Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys are well aware of this form of modernity and have placed it at the center of the works in “Tram 3,” on display at the Wattis Institute in San Francisco.  Stripping bare the world we live in, minim