The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré Revamps and Reopens

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The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré needed a facelift.

After eight moves, the French period room was looking tired, says Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Legion.

Chapman, along with a team of specialists, developed the new direction for the salon, and after being closed for 18 months -- it reopens tomorrow.

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Tourism For Locals: Galería de la Raza at the Heart of Latino Art Scene

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The exterior of the 44 year old artistic institution.

It has been said that revolution doesn't need art but that art needs revolution -- but we argue that is not true because for revolution to exist it's in need of revolutionary art.

Galería de la Raza holds this to be true as the artistic and socially active heart of the Mission District's Latino community. The artistic collective has been an important gathering spot for not just artists, but intellectuals, writers, and the general neighborhood population for 44 years now.

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Artist Rudolf Bauer: From Nazi Prison Camp to the Guggenheim, his Story Comes to S.F.

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Ever since he Rudolf Bauer's work at a gallery in New York in 2005, Rowland Weinstein, owner of the Weinstein Gallery on Geary, has been entranced.

"Oh my God, it's so vibrant and colorful," he says, pointing to a painting, "ConRoso" hanging on the wall of his gallery. "When I look at it, it's so magnetic -- I feel like I could stare at it for hours and go on a complete and total journey."

Weinstein started researching Bauer's life and found an amazing story that includes a love triangle, a Nazi prison camp, and tons of betrayal. After being called the greatest living artist by the New York Herald Tribune and having it hang in the Guggenheim Museum, Bauer's work fell into obscurity.

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Tourism For Locals: Peeping into Savernack Gallery

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Be a peeping Tom in this gallery.

There's a gallery in San Francisco's Mission District that is as creative with its exhibition space as it is with the one piece of artwork it puts on display each month.

This gallery has become so exclusive that people line up outside of it to catch a glimpse of the artwork but nobody is allowed to enter at all -- and it's open 24 hours a day.

This is Savernack Gallery, and it is currently reaching iconic status as San Francisco's smallest gallery equipped with its voyeuristic approach that you can only see the art inside through a reverse peephole in the cerulean green tinged door.

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Ever Gold Gallery's Pure Nature Through Abstract Methods

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"They both convey a very pure sense of nature through very abstract methods of working that fool the eye at first to make it seem like work based in a very "realist" tradition," says Andrew McClintock, the owner and director of Ever Gold Gallery.

The "they" to which he refers are Jake Longstreth and Sean McFarland, two artists presenting a group show at the Tenderloin gallery this weekend.

"Their styles of working, transporting the viewer, ends up bringing out a much bigger sense memory, or emotional response of ones experience in nature, than say a straightforward photographic copy or realist painting of nature, which is what one might get at first glimpse," continues McClintock.

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Alter Space's Nova: A Living and Thriving Beast

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Bex Freund's creations aren't exactly coy. Her large-scale oil paintings depict human-like figures, limbless and dissected, falling toward an abyss, or gathered gloomily under apocalyptic skies.

"I was just becoming a teenager when 9/11 happened," Freund explains, "and I was entering my twenties during the 2008 economic collapse, so it's been a long, slow processing and coming to grips with new realities, adjusted expectations and a constantly brewing feeling of tension," Freund said.

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Director Mike Mills Has Seen the Future in His Latest Piece, Project Los Altos

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Perhaps this self-evident fact - that the work of brilliant artists is often colored by their own life -- veers toward cliché. What's less evident is if that fact contributes, or detracts, from their art.

Mike Mills' films codify transparency. In 2010's The Beginners, Mills detailed how his recently widowed father simultaneously dealt with being single, gay, and terminally ill, at 75-years-old. The son, played by Ewan Macgregor, tries to make sense of this while finding himself debilitated by his own romantic and artistic missteps.

Mills approximates ontological discomforts without attempting an oracular stance. His beginnings as a graphic designer, crafting covers for the likes of Sonic Youth and Air, lends his films a dreamlike melancholy that's rendered in beautiful, lush terms. In spite of their visual acuity, however, each frame has a very specific intention.

In his latest project, Project Los Altos, Mills was recently asked by SFMOMA to investigate a place well-known for its many flights of fancy: Silicon Valley. In Los Altos, once home to Steve Jobs, the director was curious to see if he could locate some of the past in a culture obsessed with progress, and get a sense of where it thought it was going. Interviewing children - the human "components" of technology -- Mills discovered a future brimming with light and dark.


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A Q&A With The Four Ladies of City Limits' Trapper Keeper

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The group of women delivers a show so cohesive it kind of blows you away.

Mia Christopher, Jane Kim, Mie Horlyck Morgensen, and Lana Williams don't know each other -- some of them only meeting while installing their group show, Trapper Keeper, at the Oakland gallery, City Limits -- but their work is though they've been working alongside each other in its creation.

Alyssa Block, who curated the show along with Evan Reiser, says, "Each artist in the show is doing something similar, which is experimenting with materials and application, and addressing ideas about personal identity." It's interesting, shes says, because, "you can feel their excitement through the work."


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From Blogs to Galleries: Q&A with Supersonic Electronic's Zach Tutor

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Zach Tutor's blog Supersonic Electronic, has grown immensely since its creation in 2008. What started as a personal blog with images of art, cats, and cute girls was eventually tailored down into a collection of pieces from new contemporary artists that's so refreshing and expansive it could kind of knock you out. Now, in it's sixth year, Supersonic Electronic has amassed over 325,000 followers on Tumblr and features dozens of new images per month, interviews with select artists, and an online store.

With the tremendously successful website under his belt, Tutor has added curation in a physical gallery space to his resume. San Francisco's Spoke Art hosts the 3rd annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational, a show that features a line-up of over 40 of the best new contemporary artists from around the globe. The selections, just like those shown on
Tutor's blog, celebrate a new kind of artist, those from the "electronic school of contemporary art" -- influenced heavily by the presence and accessibility of the internet through the aughts and teens.

Tutor, who lives in Mississippi was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.


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Tourism for Locals: Recycled New Stands Become Kiosk Museums

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Hidden Museums in the Sidewalks.

San Francisco is known for being the greenest city in America and we locals sure love to recycle everything: paper, clothing, and ideas.

We also do love our art scene and; rightfully so, we are one of the most cultural and artistic cities in the country as well.

Now there is a new, art cultural attraction that creates a cute and quirky fusion of the two: the Kiosk Museum.

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