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Critical analyses of contemporary art
The ninth iteration of Bay Area Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts asks of-the-moment questions about knowledge production and creation.
Through her process, subject, and material choices, Liu uplifts subjects that historically would not have the socioeconomic power or privilege to be memorialized in paint.
Vibrant, mixed media textile works honor the history of Black women.
Through audio, participatory sculpture, and memory, the exhibit poses the salient questions: “who are you carrying with you?”
Painting as a matter of life or death.
A group exhibition from KADIST’s collection demonstrated how artists make powerful political statements by abstracting language and material.
Portland artist Christine Miller turns historical racist imagery into tools for Black liberation and love.
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Two artists collaborate to explore kinship, multigenerational learning, and community.
Ori Gallery (Portland, OR) offers artists the space they need to be creative.
devynn emory invites people to engage with grief, death, and community.
Nat Turner Project (Portland, OR) is a fugitive, migratory space working to end the precarity of Black life.
Converge 45 (Portland, OR) is building an organization where curators and artists can work together.
Conversations with outstanding West Coast artists and art workers directly funded by generous organizations
THE BEST West COAST ART
Each week, our regional CLIFF NOTES columnists pick the most exciting events and exhibitions on the West Coast. We send them straight to your inbox.
Intimate conversations with artists about their life, work, and inspiration
We talk to Courtney Dailey from Nike about art, design, and creative inspiration in everyday life.
A two-year conversation chronicles a multimedia project about California prisons and formerly incarcerated individuals.
La Rocco and Im discuss (art) writing, editing and curation, and the roles of community and institutions in the art world
The Portland-based artist talks about Queer Ancestors lost to persecution, disease, fatal sadness, and closets.
Good Taste is a new column about West Coast creatives in all industries.
Roula Seikaly talks to the two co-directors of Berkeley Art Center about how they approach collaboration, creating meaningful life-work balance, and how BAC welcomes diverse audiences.
Micro essays on artists we can’t stop thinking about
Before Disney ever introduced family-friendly gay characters, Bluth used the saccharine visual language of his employer to create a queer fantasy world of his own.
Fiber sculptures explore gendered constructs, feminist ideologies, and the restraints of the body.
An Oregon-based educator and artist inspires her students to find beauty in everything.
A Seattle-based painter captures 1930s Seattle, Japanese Internment, grief, loss, and recovery—all with his brush.
A painter challenges the traditional approach to classical painting through vice, intimacy, and the quotidian.
A Bay Area-based educator inspired students to look harder, ask deeper questions, and to take a stand.
Art that makes us think of food and food that makes us think of art
What do blockbuster immersive art exhibits and junk food have in common?
Raúl Guerrero’s paintings of food celebrate the Mexican-American experience.
An LA-based artist’s biomorphic works on paper evoke the vocabulary of food.
The globby Americana of Jim Shaw paintings and an overstuffed egg salad sandwich.
Wayne Tiebaud’s distinctly Californian sense of lighting and the perfect non-alcoholic aperitif.
The stories that inspire West Coast creatives
Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick on making her own rules about good photography.
Artist Alexa Grambush uses painting to understand the world and its complexities.
A writer discusses how an unlikely combination of punctuation changed his writing forever.
How a blank piece of paper inspired Variable West’s founder to be an art critic and writer.
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