Epicenter: San Francisco Bay Area Art Now

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A hotbed of seismic activity, the San Francisco Bay Area is also an epicenter of vital new work by an art community always pushing the bounds of cultural innovation. Epicenter showcases the work of nearly fifty prominent and rising-star artists who have made this region the base of eclectic, cutting-edge art on the West Coast. Each profile captures the essence of the artist s work with a gallery of signature work, critical career overview, brief biography, and selected bibliography for further exploration. The artists featured in Epicenter reflect the ethnic diversity, variety of media, and originality of the regional scene. Packaged in a handsome horizontal format with a forward-looking design, Epicenter is a timely look at the leading purveyors of the area s pioneering and ever-shifting panorama of art.

Artists featured in Epicenter: Ray Beldner, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Ann Chamberlain, Bruce Conner, Linda Connor, Crane|Winet, Judy Dater, Lewis de Soto, Viola Frey, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza Ken Goldberg, Guillermo G mez-Pe a, Ian Green, Lynn Hershman, Todd Hido, Doug Hollis, Mildred Howard, David Ireland, Paul Kos, Suzanne Lacy, Hung Liu Tom Marioni, Richard Misrach, Anna Valentina Murch, Nobuho Nagasawa, Ron Nagle, Deborah Oropallo, Gay Outlaw, Ir ne Pijoan, Lucy Puls, Alan Rath, Rigo, Raymond Saunders, Richard Shaw, Katherine Sherwood, Silt, Mary Snowden, Larry Sultan, Survival Research Laboratories, Stephanie Syjuco, Mark Thompson, Meredith Tromble, Catherine Wagner, Henry Wessel, Rene Yung

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Mark Johnstone is a curator, writer, artist, and former critic for Artweek . He lives in Los Angeles.

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San Francisco might be better known for being part of the alternative-lifestyle vanguard than for being a "hotbed" of creative accomplishment, but this well-intentioned volume makes a case for the city's thriving visual art scene. Featuring intelligent essays by local curators and over 250 color images, the book outlines a brief history of Bay Area art from the beatnik era to the silicon age, with the main developments being "Funk," an earthier variant of Pop art that used techniques of assemblage, and a West Coast version of Abstract Expressionism that flirted with an angsty figurative strain. Short profiles of artists currently working in the greater Bay Area make up the bulk of the page count; there are names both familiar (Bruce Conner, Richard Misrach) and new. The staples of the global art market are all represented: identity politics, late-generation conceptualism, decorative abstraction, even semi-anonymous public artworks for airports and college campuses. The picture that emerges, then, is not so much one of earth-shattering regional originality, but of work that could probably exist anywhere. With its dedication to art outside the New York-L.A.-London axis, this book is both ambitious and compelling-but for art appreciaters hoping to uncover a vibrant, deeply regional aesthetic, it's also a bit disappointing.
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