Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Enrique Chagoya at Electric Works

Blogger SFMike brings us these pictures from Enrique Chagoya's recent opening at Electric Works, including a set of working slot machines designed by the artist.

See all the photos here and here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brooklyn Rail reviews Chuck Close @ Pace

Chuck Close, Zhang Huan II, 2008-9. Oil on canvas, 101 x 84 in.

In his recent work, Close has managed to reinvent a pictorial language famously based on photography by breaking down the narrowness of photographic restrictions -- this is most evident in his tapestries...

A review of Chuck Close's current show at PaceWildenstein from The Brooklyn Rail.

Friday, June 12, 2009

New Chuck Close edition

Magnolia Editions is pleased to announce the publication of Chuck Close's latest tapestry edition. Self-Portrait/Five Part is available in two sizes, State I & State II. Please see the press release for details:

(click to enlarge)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yelp review of Magnolia Editions

We received a very nice Yelp review from artist Anthony H. today -- many thanks, Anthony!!

He writes:

Don and Era Farnsworth run an exceptional operation. Over the years they have worked with me to make quality lithographs, monoprints, archival, inkjet prints on paper and canvas as well as tapestries. The results have always been excellent and their price reasonable.
Highly creative themselves, Don and Era have partnered with many of California's leading artists in both printmaking and large public commissions. Don is a leader in blending manual painting and printing techniques with advanced digital technology.

Have you enjoyed a visit, tour, or print project at Magnolia? Please consider giving us a brief review on Yelp. It's quick and easy, and the word of mouth helps us enormously. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Studio photos

More photos of new projects underway at Magnolia Editions by artists including William Wiley, Chuck Close, and Enrique Chagoya.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Jim McCabe on Close tapestries

An insightful and enthusiastic review of Chuck Close's current show at PaceWildenstein:

Here is a show of recent portraits by the great Chuck Close. As usual, Chuck is not someone who has a problem being productive. The paintings are done in the grid style that we are familiar with, but there are some first-time sitters here that liven up the series, most notably, President Bill Clinton. The freely drawn shapes within the gridded squares that Chuck uses to construct his images with are, in the President's case, particularly joyful, so that some of his personality really comes through. One can easily get the feeling that it must have been a very agreeable meeting for both the President and Mr. Close....

The idea of specific personalities coming through more strongly than they have in past works could apply to the whole show. Even with a visage as austere as Zhang Huan I & II, Chuck's brush marks take on a sense of calligraphy, almost as if we're looking at a coded message that represent the subject's thoughts, as if coming from a great distance...

But the real surprise of the show is the new medium Chuck has found to work with. Many of these portraits are not painted, but woven, into huge hanging tapestries... and you probably have to see them in person to get the full impact of the accomplishment. In these works, the grid disappears, and we're back to the photo-realism Chuck began with in the mid-'60's. Now that we've been educated to it, we can better appreciate the depth-of-focus variations that occur in each portrait. Conceptual artist Cindy Sherman is an especially good model here, she manages to pose so that just one eye is in ultra-sharp focus, and the rest of her facial topography proceeds from there...

- Jim McCabe, All Nite Diner & Two Leaf Gallery blog