Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy holidays

Doug Hall - Teatro Ponchielli, Cremona, 2008
Jacquard tapestry, 78 x 96 in. Edition of 9

Happy holidays from the staff at Magnolia Editions!

The studio will be closed for the holidays between December 24 and January 2.

We look forward to collaborating with you on more mad science and unprecedented art projects in 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Chuck Close tapestries being woven

Chuck Close watches an image of Lucas Samaras being woven

Don and Era Farnsworth are in Belgium for the holidays, working with Chuck Close on some potential new tapestry editions.

Below, some photos from the mill where the tapestries are woven (based on files painstakingly created by Close and Don Farnsworth.) Please bear in mind that the artworks shown are still in the experimental stage.

Close's nurse Carol, video artist Sienna Shields, White Cube Gallery's Tim Marlow, Chuck Close, and Don and Era Farnsworth in Belgium

More tapestries by Chuck Close at Magnolia Editions

Friday, December 17, 2010

SECA award winners announced

Kamau Amu Patton - Feedback 1, 2010
Acrylic on panel, 60 x 40 in.
c/o the artist and SFMOMA

Magnolia Editions would like to congratulate Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, Kamau Amu Patton, and Mauricio Ancalmo, the winners of this year's SFMOMA SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) award.

Past winners include Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, and longtime Magnolia associate Squeak Carnwath.

Check out this article for images of art by the winners, including the above work by Kamau Patton, printed at Magnolia Editions!

Kamau Amu Patton's website

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

David Best at the studio - part two

David Best is on fire at Magnolia Editions, with a host of sculptural, monotype, and etching/mixed-media works underway.

Today Best pulled prints with the assistance of printers Sam Bennett, Tallulah Terryll, and Brian Caraway.

Best also used the UV-cured acrylic printer to create transparencies which will ultimately end up as silkscreen elements in his unique monotype process.

Keep checking the blog for more pictures as these projects continue!

More art by David Best at Magnolia Editions

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Openings at Pence Gallery and Melissa Morgan

Donald Farnsworth - Origin:Specimens IV, pt. 2, 2007
Pigmented inkjet on rag paper, 30.75 x 26.5 in. Edition of 24

"POMP," a show of recent work by Deborah Oropallo, runs from November 27 through the end of January at Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA. There will be a reception with the artist tomorrow evening, December 10, 2010.

"Birds of a Feather," an exhibition sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Group, also opens December 10th at Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. The show explores recent work by regional artists that is thematically tied to the subject of birds and includes artwork by Donald Farnsworth.

More work by Deborah Oropallo at Magnolia Editions

More work by Donald Farnsworth at Magnolia Editions

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mel Ramos puzzle

Here's Mel Ramos with a trial proof of a new jigsaw puzzle edition, courtesy of Magnolia's laser cutter...

Mel with Don Farnsworth

More art by Mel Ramos at Magnolia Editions

Mel Ramos's website

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Artists at Magnolia

Don Farnsworth and Hung Liu

Mildred Howard and Hung Liu stopped by the studio today to work on mock-ups for public art commissions with Donald Farnsworth.

Liu and Howard are both accomplished in the world of large scale public art installations –- check out the Public Art section of Magnolia's web site for images of work by both artists at Bay Area airports.

Mildred Howard and Hung Liu

Art by Mildred Howard at Magnolia Editions
Art by Hung Liu at Magnolia Editions

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Andy Diaz-Hope at Catharine Clark Gallery

Andy Diaz-Hope and Laurel Roth - Allegory of the Monoceros, 2008
Jacquard tapestry, 106 x 76 in. Edition of 8

We highly recommend Andy Diaz-Hope's show "Infinite Mortal" at Catharine Clark Gallery, featuring two tapestry editions created in collaboration with Laurel Roth and published by Magnolia Editions, as well as some fascinating sculptural works.

"Infinite Mortal" will be on view until January 1, 2011.

Catharine Clark Gallery
150 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tapestries by Andy Diaz-Hope and Laurel Roth at Magnolia Editions

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Miriam Wosk (1947-2010)

Miriam Wosk passed away on November 5 in Santa Monica, CA, having achieved renown as an artist, designer and illustrator.

This article in the Canadian Globe and Mail details many of the artist's accomplishments, including her iconic design for the cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine. Peter Clothier has also written a tribute to Wosk here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

David Best at the studio

David Best and Tallulah Terryll

David Best has been working at Magnolia lately, using the laser cutter to translate drawings into three-dimensional pieces for his ornate wooden sculptures and creating plates for a new series of prints. Visitors to Burning Man have probably seen the enormous temples Best builds (and destroys) at the desert festival every year.

Mel Ramos also stopped by with his daughter Rochelle on the same day that Best's son Kelly visited the studio:

Mel Ramos and daughter Rochelle, Era and Don Farnsworth, Kelly and David Best

Best created numerous monoprints at Magnolia in the late 1980s and early 90s; Nick Stone is currently working on a catalog of these images, many of which have never been reproduced in print before.

David Best - Untitled, 1993 (Detail)
Monoprint on handmade paper, 42 x 32 in.

More art by David Best at Magnolia Editions

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christine Eudoxie

Christine Eudoxie - Figure in Transition, 2008
Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 in.

Artist Christine Eudoxie, friend of Magnolia Editions for many years, visited the studio today for the first time in quite a while. It was great to see Eudoxie, who told us she has been very busy creating an interactive art installation on the web.

Using animation, imagery from her work, and music created by Eudoxie herself, the artist has created a miniature world in which her artwork weaves in and out of the life and landscape of Oakland.

Please have a look! (We recommend Firefox for the best viewing experience.)

More work by Christine Eudoxie at Magnolia Editions

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Enrique Chagoya videos

Since the destruction of his lithographic codex The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals at Colorado's Loveland Museum by an angry zealot, Enrique Chagoya has been at the center of an unfortunate controversy and the subject of harassment by groups and individuals who obviously don't understand the spirit of his work.

One especially unpleasant aspect has been a threatening and hateful video circulating on YouTube. We don't want to draw more attention to this video by linking to it, but if you run across it, please Flag it for removal!

Also, please considering viewing more positive videos of Chagoya to bump them to the top of the search rankings: share them on Facebook, "Like" them, and add positive comments! Let's support our dear friend, teacher, and colleague.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Upcoming shows: Wiley, Oropallo, & more

Deborah Oropallo - Drill Team, 2009

"Deborah Oropallo: POMP" runs from November 27 through the end of January at Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA. There will be a reception with the artist on December 10, 2010.

"Badly Happy: Pain, Pleasure, and Panic in Recent Romanian Art," curated by Erwin Kessler, runs from November 4, 2010 to January 8, 2011 at the Performance Art Institute in San Francisco. There will be an opening reception and performance Thursday, November 4th from 6-9 PM.

(Kessler was instrumental in bringing "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama," a show featuring several Magnolia artists, to the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, Romania earlier this year.)

And finally, "William T. Wiley and H.C. Westermann: Watercolors and Sculpture" opens November 4 and runs through December 4, 2010 at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Masami Teraoka at the studio

Masami Teraoka working at Magnolia Editions

Masami Teraoka flew in from Hawaii this week and visited Magnolia to work on his new tapestry edition, AIDS Series/Geisha in Ofuro.

Teraoka preparing colors for his tapestry

A color trial proof of AIDS Series/Geisha in Ofuro is currently on view at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco as part of "Masami Teraoka: The Last Supper/The Inversion of the Sacred," a show including prints, paintings, and drawings. The exhibition will be up through November 13, 2010.

Don Farnsworth and Teraoka working on the weave file

Lynda Hess with Teraoka and Hess's daughter, Eve

Era Farnsworth and Eve

Eve performed some ballet for us!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Missing Peace at the Nobel Museum

The Nobel Museum in Stockholm; photo by Donald Farnsworth

"The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama," a traveling exhibition including Donald and Era Farnsworth's Dharmakaya tapestry, Lewis deSoto's giant inflatable sculpture Paranirvana, and works by Squeak Carnwath, William T. Wiley, and Chuck Close, is currently installed at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Farnsworths traveled to Sweden for the opening, meeting up with deSoto and Carnwath in Stockholm. Below, photos from the show by Donald Farnsworth.

"The Missing Peace" will be on view at the Nobel Museum until January 2, 2011.

Just before the opening; Michelle Townsend working at right

Lewis deSoto's Paranirvana with a painting by Squeak Carnwath in the background

Era Farnsworth toasting with Dharmakaya