Wattis Institute News

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 by Laura Braun

Slung around a brass pole, a leg motions coquettishly. Curved and angled just so, the dark wooden leg flirts and beckons. At the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, a transmutation takes place. Table and chair legs seduce and 19th Century figures sport metallic appendages and prostheses, wearing their anxiety and neuroses. Markus Schinwald’s exhibition at the Wattis is a decidedly bodily affair. His work boldly imagines a kind of animism that blurs the perceived separations between man, object, space, and emotion.

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Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 by Laura Braun

Constraint, alteration, impediment: The figures that populate the work of Markus Schinwald are subjected to a range of psychophysical distortions, to strange bendings and bindings through which the Vienna-based artist summons a world weirdly ductile in both form and affect. Schinwald works with painting (uncannily détourned nineteenth-century portraits, seamlessly overlaid with rendered prosthetics), sculpture (contortions of elegantly flailing cabrioles), video, choreography, costume and set design, and architectural intervention.

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Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

The 41-year-old artist, who also has a history of turning the blank slate of a gallery into a personalized space that blurs the line between bodies and objects and makes the visitor a part of the art, has his first major museum commission in the United States at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. The site-specific show is presented in partnership with theSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is part of the museum’s “New Work” series featuring works by innovative contemporary artists.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Joan Jonas is finally getting her due. As we plunge headlong into the digital age, the visionary work in video and performance by this downtown New York stalwart seems to become only more relevant. She will represent the U.S. in next year's Venice Biennale, but in the meantime you can acquaint yourself with her earlier work in a major survey exhibition at Hangar Bicocca in Milan [opening Oct. 2], plus a series of public events reconsidering her career at the California College of the Arts' Wattis Institute in San Francisco [through May 2015].

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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

Austrian artist Markus Schinwald likes to start with an already created work and add on. For example, in his first major U.S. show at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, he has retooled Chippendale-style table legs, making them into sculptures that crawl up the walls or wrap around bronze poles. He also buys 19th century paintings and adds things to them – jewelry, braces, head coverings or chains. 

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Anthony Huberman, director of the Wattis Institute at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, has appointed Jamie Stevens curator and director of public programs.

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Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jamie Stevens has been appointed curator of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, on the California College of the Arts' campus in San Francisco.  Stevens was formerly the curator of London's Cubitt Gallery, an artist-run nonprofit in Islington. There he organized exhibitions of work by Morag Keil, Kristine Kemp, Aaron Flint Jamison and many others. Before Cubitt, Stevens was the exhibitions and events organizer at Chisenhale Gallery, also in London. He starts his new position at the Wattis next month.​

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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar recently hosted the opening of the new Oliver Peoples San Francisco Boutique, in honor of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Hosted by Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte with art adviser Sabrina Buell and her partner, Fuseproject founder-designer Yves Béhar, the evening benefited the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

There was an air of easy, breezy, SoCal comfort during the opening of the new Oliver Peoples boutique on Maiden Lane in San Francisco. The bustling event, hosted by Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, benefitted the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.  Guests came out to experience the chic new 800 square-foot store, shop the eyewear – including the highly anticipated Isabel Marant par Oliver Peoples collaboration sunglasses – and meet Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte and Founder & Creative Director Larry Leight.

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