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The week ahead: Asian Art Museum, Fouladi, Mark Wolfe Gallery, ArtHaus

At the Asian Art Museum. "In Grand Style" closes this Sunday (Jan 12). Through the art, “In Grand Style” explored four key themes: what it meant to be a king during the longest dynasty in Korean history; royal processions and banquets; women at the royal court; and the lives and celebrations of the Joseon dynasty’s subjects.

Karen Barbour at Fouladi Projects Gallery: "No Should Be As Friendly as You"
Fouladi Projects Gallery, Karen Barbour

The Joseon period has left a substantial legacy to modern Korea; much of modern Korean etiquette, cultural norms, societal attitudes towards current issues, and the modern Korean language and its dialects derive from the culture and traditions of Joseon. The exhibit is full of exquisite objects and gives the viewer a comprehensive look at the life lived by the elite.

Camille Holvoet at Creativity Explored. Camille Holvoet has worked at Creativity Explored for 12 years making brightly-colored, desirous cakes, and cross-eyed smiling figures in oil pastels and other media. This past year, she created a series of astounding and provocative self-portraits. The background of these drawings include scrawled narrative text and blunt statements of the artist’s desires. While cheerful at first glance, these commanding graphic works also reveal Holvoet's experiences of living in mental institutions, frustrated sexuality, and vivid memories of childhood.

The exhibit also includes a new series of medication drawings depicting a myriad of cures for "Anti-Messy Room" to "Acceptance" (in both pill and liquid forms).

Karen Barbour at Fouladi Projects Gallery. In "No Should Be As Friendly as You" Barbour combines abstraction and realism a la Jawlensky to make portraits inspired by dreams and memories. Barbour is inspired by ongoing dreams and memories, both old and new, and the recollections play out on the paper and canvases like a narrative of her subconscious. The imagery is a bold and colorful surrealist mix of figures and abstractions, fluidly rendered with skillful combinations of gouache, ink, oil and collage.

Fouladi Projects. 1803 Market Street. San Francisco CA 94103. 415 621 2535.

New year, new work at Art Haus. More than a dozen of ArtHaus Gallery's artists are exhibiting new work for the new year with works in various media. Gallery artist Brian Blood's evocative paintings of Northern California are being shown at One California Lobby (through March 8).

"Transitions" at Mark Wolfe Gallery. This exhibition showcases the work of artists who, through diverse methods, attempt to represent the element of change in the natural world. In doing so, they embody an experience of nature rather than a simple vision of it, reminding us that our world is one of transience and alteration.

How does the painter, working from nature, encapsulate into a fixed image something that is always changing? The natural world is one of temporality and transition. Light, color, and even geography are in constant flux.

Gail Dawson, Christopher Russell, Ted Andersen, and Nif Hodgson, are Bay Area painters who, throughout their career have turned to nature as a source of inquiry and inspiration. "Transitions" presents an exciting survey of the most recent work of these innovative artists.

SFMOMA on the go: Through January 29, SFMOMA explores another side of Silicon Valley with Live Projects 3, a monthlong series of public programs sparked by the work of artists featured in the museum's current exhibition Project Los Altos. Project Los Altos.

Live Projects 3 invites audiences to meet three of the artists behind Project Los Altos and take part in collaborative art projects for everyone. Highlights of the event series include an artist talk at SFJAZZ Center with Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, and Kateřina Šedá; a screening of works by filmmaker Mike Mills at the Roxie Theater; and weekly participatory art projects designed by Project Los Altos artists and presented in partnership with the Los Altos Town Crier.

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