Wattis Institute News

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

“Yves thinks that men’s fashion is so boring, but that women’s fashion is so interesting,” said Sabrina Buell as she and partner Yves Béhar, the Swiss product designer, co-hosted the opening of the Maison Margiela San Francisco boutique on Thursday, April 23. “He’s obsessed with buying women’s clothes for me, and the line he always buys is Margiela,” she added. “Of all the labels, it’s the most artistic, design-based, and creative.

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Jonas has long been an influential teacher—in Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Cambridge, Mass. (where she is now professor emerita at MIT). In 2014 she joined the gallery Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, and her 2014-15 international schedule includes solo shows in Italy, Sweden and Norway.2 Jonas recently participated in the Taipei Biennial 2014 and performed Reanimation with Moran at HangarBicocca, Milan; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

Judging by the packed opening of the Maison Margiela boutique, there are plenty of people eager to go on Galliano's journey with him—people who know a thing or two about design, including art consultant Sabrina Buell and award-winning industrial designer, Yves Béhar, who cohosted the opening party with Alicia Engstrom and Jawbone founder Hosain Rahman in honor of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

But Margiela, with its high-quality style but irreverent edge, fits the bill for the new tech exec, said two of the evening’s co-hosts, Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman and industrial designer Yves Behar of Fuse Project. (Gallerist Sabrina Buell, Behar’s partner, and Alicia Engstrom also co-hosted the party, which honored the CCA Wattis Institute.)

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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

San Francisco’s art scene is in flux with the departure of artists and galleries driven out by high rents and the closure of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for renovations, making it easy to feel uncertain about the future of art in our tech-centric culture. But optimists say that crisis brings opportunity. Christie’s, the international art auction company, is putting rare pieces by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha and others on display at Hedge Gallery through Wednesday, April 22, a chance for the public to see major works before they’re auctioned in New York in May.

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).