Fall Newsletter


Michelle Grabner "Weaving Art Into Life" installation

Since May, Michelle Grabner's solo exhibition, Michelle Grabner: Weaving Life into Art, curated by Tricia Y. Paik at Indianapolis Museum Of Art has garnered much praise and attention. The show will be up until November 15th.

The Thing Quarterly recently released its 27th issue with Michelle Grabner this month. It is a fully functional gingham soccer ball but it also functions as a rebuttal to Ken Johnson's 2014 NY Times review of the artist's exhibition last fall at James Cohan Gallery, in which he referred to her work as that of a boring 'soccer mom'. Served!

Rex Ray "Platismatia"

This past Friday, October 9, UCSF hosted its 19th Annual Art For Aids Auction. This year's auction was in held in honor of beloved artist Rex Ray, who passed away February 9, 2015. Griff Williams spoke about Rex’s life and art at the event. His original print, Plastmatia, brought in nearly $9,000 for the cause.


Amy Franceschini

Huge Congrats to Amy Franceschini / Futurefarmers who were nominated for the UK’s leading biennial art prize Artes Mundi. Artes Mundi 7 will present a major exhibition of new works by the shortlisted artists from October 21, 2016 to 26th February 2017 at National Museum Cardiff.

The shortlist for Artes Mundi 7 brings together 7 international contemporary artists who directly engage with everyday life through their practice and who explore contemporary social issues across the globe.


Jason Jägel "New Ways of Thinking"

Artist Jason Jägel will be discussing the inspiration behind his mural in current exhibition You Know I’m No Good, on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through November 1. 'Gallery Chat with Jason Jägel' will be Oct 30 @ 12:30pm at the CJM.

You Know I’m No Good presents works by a selection of contemporary artists that directly relate to the life and music of Amy Winehouse.


Cliff Hengst in "Mr. Akita"

This past month at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, artist, comedian and performer Cliff Hengstdid a top-notch performance of "Mr. Akita", a one man play "in which a Borscht Belt comedian and an op-art painting, Sunburn by Emily Joyce, go 'head to façade' in a reminiscence of love, sex, art, failure and the sublime." The play was written and directed by Asher Hartman who called Hengst's a "magnificent performance."

Also just announced: Cliff Hengst is one of the five 2015 recipients of the Big Mac Arthur Awards. Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, October 24 at the Mel-O-Dee Lounge. Award ceremony and karaoke begin at 8 pm. The Big Mac Arthur Award is bestowed annually upon those deserving individuals who experienced mild disappointment when they learned they did not receive a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

Tucker Nichols & Dave Eggers - This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, now available

Tucker Nichols and Dave Eggers have just put out a new book, This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, published by McSweeney's, which was released this month.

"Eggers’s featherlight humor provides laughs throughout...Nichols’s (Crabtree) construction-paper cutouts and hand-lettering provide a series of puckish visual counterpoints for the story’s two important messages: that situations and objects that appear unchangeable do, in fact, come from somewhere, and that adults can squabble even more foolishly than children." - Publisher's Weekly