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Arc Gallery, SF's busiest "south of market" art space latest exhibit celebrates Tom Watts. "Like a Tom Waits Song" National Juried Exhibition.

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Andrea Swartz, the curator, wrote "My first priority was to base the awards on the unique way in which the artist portrayed 'a Tom Waits Song'. The second priority was to select three artists that approached the theme using different mediums, i.e. painting, mixed media, and quilting. The quilt with textured collage by Trudi Chamoff Hauptman, evokes the "Downtown" vibe of a dark, mysterious bar scene, packed with people, liquor, cigarette smoke and the promise for something more."The painting entitled "Troubadour" by Patrushka, told the story so well of the Tom Waits song "Big in Japan". The perfect quote from this song that related to the painting for me was "I'm big in Japan, I'm big in Japan, but heh I'm big in Japan". In my opinion, the artist truly captured the mood of this song. The portrait of Tom Waits by Michael Perault painted on the discarded radiator from the 50's, incorporating lyrics from "Ol' 55" around the frame, was so different from any other entries. The mood was recreated by this talented painter, so much that I could hear the lyrics, "freeway cars and trucks", without even playing the music."

- juried by Andrea Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery. Artist Talk: Saturday, June 21st, 12 noon -2 p.m.

San Jose Museum of Art celebrates it's 45th anniversary by presenting "Legacy. The Emily Fisher Landau Collection," a landmark exhibition of postwar American art by such prominent artists as Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol. "Legacy" is a survey of American art since the 1960s drawn from the historic gift of art pledged to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, by private collector Emily Fisher Landau. "Legacy" comprises some seventy works by thirty-eight artists who pushed the boundaries of painterly abstraction, realism, and social commentary.

This exhibition is in essence a survey of American art since the 1960s: it is drawn from Landau’s historic promised gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. As did the SJMA’s early “Whitney collaborations” –the beloved landmark surveys of 20th-century art at SJMA between 1994 and 2000—"Legacy" gives audiences access to extraordinary works by a pantheon of innovative and pivotal artists. It offers a historical overview of the art of our times from the preeminent museum of American Art: it is unlike anything else currently available to Bay Area audiences.

Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, on view at the San Jose Museum of Art from June 5 – September 14, 2014,

"@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz." Tickets will go on sale June 27, organizers of the major art exhibition announced Tuesday.

The show will feature seven site-specific installations by the Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei. The exhibition is free, but it takes a $30 ticket on an Alcatraz Island ferry to get there and those sell out weeks in advance during the high season.

Tickets are $30 for the ferry, and may be reserved starting June 27 at www.alcatrazcruises.com. (415) 981-7625. Reservations for the 8:45 a.m. ferry are at www.aiweiweialcatraz@parksconservancy.org. (415) 561-3021.

Reservations may be made no more than three months in advance, so if you want to be there for the opening day, Sept. 27, you must buy tickets by June 27 and so on, through April 26, 2015, when the exhibition closes. There will be no special ferries to the exhibit but a limited number of spots for the early bird ferry at 8:45 a.m. each day will be set aside for Ai enthusiasts.

"@Large" is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy, which jointly oversee the federal penitentiary-turned-national park; and the For-Site Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit that commissions artwork in public places.

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