The Gallery produces limited run color catalogs for many of our solo exhibitions, available for purchase at the gallery.

 

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Ward book

Brooklyn Bridge
Curated by Justine Frischmann
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF39: Brooklyn Bridge
10.75 x 8.25 in., 42pp., 14 color plates
$20.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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One commonality amongst the works in this show is an insistently low-tech, physical presence, an anomaly in a time that seems to eschew the physical. Contemporary painting practice does seem to have finally made a certain peace with time, an independence of obligation from both historical precedent and fashionable currency, though not through lack of awareness of either. The painters of Brooklyn, who are after all the painters of New York, grasped this decoupling first. Painters such as the ones in this show draw on art history with the entitlement of priveledged heirs drawing on their inheritances. They own everything that has come before and were born to spend it as they choose.

 

JENNAH WARD

Ward book

Jennah Ward
Pico
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF33: Pico
10.75 x 8.25 in., 30pp., 9 color plates
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Jennah Ward's working method would seem to be hands off, leaving exposures to the passage of time as she does, but she is so unswervingly present at each step of her process that the finished result is instantly recognizable as her own. And it all seems quite simple. A strain runs throughout history of artists for whom light itself is their primary motif, and their primary motive. Jennah Ward would seem to be another colored bead slipped on to that unbroken strand that includes artists from Georges de La Tour to Hiroshi Sugimoto.

 

ERIN LAWLOR

Lawlor book

Erin Lawlor
Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF31: recent paintings
11 x 8.75 in., hardcover; 132 pp.,57 color reproductions
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This book marks the occasion of our inaugural show in the new Potrero Hill space, Erin Lawlor's second solo show with the gallery. Lawlor splits her time between London and Ste. Marie de Ré in France, and these works are selected from a suite she completed on the island this spring and summer. Her work is characterized by wide gestural handling, closely valued hues and a balance between emotional tone, evocations of the natural world, and pure painting.

 

SUSAN MIKULA

Mikula book

Susan Mikula
u.X
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF30: u.X
9.75 x 8.75 in., hardcover; 70 pp., 25 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Introductory remarks by Christopher Bonanos

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This book marks the occasion of Susan Mikula's fourth show with the gallery. Mikula is presenting the 25 pieces of her suite u.X, pigment prints from Polaroid originals on handmade Japanese mulberry paper, mounted on aluminum plate and framed in steel. A boxed set of the entire cycle as unframed, un-cropped prints is available.

 

JOHN MILLEI

Millei book

John Millei
Six Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF29: six paintings
10.25 x 8.50 in., 28 pp., 8 color reproductions
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This book marks the occasion of the first solo show in our gallery of Los Angeles-based painter John Millei. It is a catalogue of the 6 pieces in his San Francisco exhibition, recent paintings. The six paintings in this show were painted for the San Francisco gallery space, for the intimacy of it. They were conceived as a progression, and in some sense perhaps as a kind of private correspondence. Millei’s titles remind me of the Ox Herding pictures of Zen tradition, and place their emphasis on the ongoing practice of painting over any single result of that practice. Still, they are, each one, wonderfully realized works, modest in scale and ambitious in scope, and encapsulate all the best of an experience paint offers that is unavailable through any other medium.

 

MARIE THIBEAULT

Thibeault book

Marie Thibeault
Published on the occasion of exhibition LA19: funtown
10.25 x 8.50 in., hardcover; 140 pp., over 60 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Introductory remarks by George Lawson and commentary by Constance Mallinson

Archival text by Kenneth Baker, George Melrod, Mark D. Johnson, Jack Chipman and Peter Frank

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This book marks the occasion of the fourth solo show in our gallery of Los Angeles-based painter Marie Thibeault. It is a re-issue of the gallery's Thibeault catalog as an 140-page hardcover book with over 60 color reproductions, new paintings and commentary by Constance Mallinson. The book feature images of new oils on canvas from a series the artist embarked upon late in 2012, many in response to the impact of super storm Sandy, including selections from Funtown, a group named after a seaside park in New Jersey hit particularly hard by the calamity. As in the past, Thibeault's work continues to balance the demands of abstraction and social engagement, pushing the technical limits of painting as a drawing medium while echoing the necessarily fragmented manner in which global media patch together our understanding of major events.

 

STEPHEN BEAL

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Stephen Beal
Whites and Linens

Published on the occasion of exhibition
LA18 and SF32: whites and linens
9.75 x 8.75 in., hardcover; 140 pp., 62 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Introductory remarks by George Lawson

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This book marks the occasion of two exhibitions of Stephen Beal’s work, the first in our Los Angeles gallery a selection from a series of paintings on wooden panels and stretched linen that predominately engage white; the second in our San Francisco space is something of a subset of the paintings on linen, a continuation of the series with a reintroduction of color. Both working groups give us an opportunity to chart the evolution of Beal’s understanding, and at the same time, to gauge the maturation of painting in general as a medium responsive to our times.

 

LINDA VALLEJO

vallejo_book

Linda Vallejo
Make 'Em All Mexican

reprinted on the occasion of exhibition LA17: make 'em all Mexican
8.25 x 9.75 in. hardcover; 30 pp., 30 color plates
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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text by William Moreno, Karen Mary Davalos and Armando Duróny



In this recent and ongoing series, Vallejo has forged a simple visual tool capable of powerful leverage. She wields it to debunk embedded social stereotypes, but without subordinating the formality of her art to identity politics. Vallejo has crafted an ostensibly Chicano art, yet one with international address; a topical art, yet one with long shelf life. That she does this with a sense of humor does not detract from the seriousness of her intent. Her art is fundamentally transformative, and the means of her transformation is paint. She uses brown the way Yves Klein, James Lee Byars, and Lita Albuquerque use blue—as a catalyst for change and spiritual alchemy.

 

JUDITH BELZER

Susan Mikula Bookcover

Judith Belzer
Area of Concentration
Recent Painting and Drawing

Published on the occasion of the artist's participation in Asia Society Chinese cultural tour
8.25 x 10.5 in., softcover; 62 pp., 52 color reproductions
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping available
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Introductory remarks by George Lawson

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This overview highlights selections of Judith Belzer's serial work from 2006 to 2011. In the introductory remarks to the catalog for our first exhibition, I wrote, "When Judith Belzer agreed to open the inaugural show in the room for painting, I had the sense that everything else in the gallery would just come together." Much indeed has come together in the ensuing three years, and if anything, I feel more strongly than ever how Belzer's laser focus, her commitment, as she deepens and broadens her practice has contributed to anchoring the gallery's mission. More

 

SUSAN MIKULA

Susan Mikula Bookcover

Susan Mikula
American Bond

Published on the occasion of exhibition LA04: American Bond
10.5 x 8.375 in. softcover; 145 pp.,
60 color plates
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Commentary by Jill McDonough

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In 2009 Susan Mikula traveled with close friend and volunteer driver Jill McDonough to take a series of Polaroid photographs of industrial dock sites, using an SX-70 Alpha 1 camera that by then qualified as an antique. She had to procure the film, commercially unavailable, on eBay and in garage sales. Some packets had been sitting around on garage shelves for decades. The red spectrum of the dyes had faded, and the surface emulsions had coagulated, leaving her with a characteristic palette and surface she learned to exploit. Her choice to shoot in Polaroid may have initially been driven by aesthetics, but as the series has unfolded into a cycle of almost 60 finished images that span three years, it has become apparent just how commensurate are her chosen medium and her chosen subject. Mikula has captured a fading aspect of a bygone era with fading film and a bygone technology. More

 

SARA BRIGHT

Sarah Bright Bookcover

Sara Bright
Works on paper

Published on the occasion of exhibition LA03: new paintings
10.5 x 8.25 in. softcover; 99 pp.,
60 color plates
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Commentary by Jana Blankenship

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Sara Brightís oils on linen are characterized by robust gesture, viscous paint and an evocative, symbolic content; they straddle the traditional boundaries between abstraction and figuration. In spite of the greater fluidity of the gouache medium, the same could be said of her watercolors. This is an incredible body of work, particularly considering that over 150 of the watercolors were completed within a single year period. More

 

STEPHEN BEAL

Stephen Beal

Stephen Beal
Recent Paintings

Published on the occasion of exhibition 22: recent paintings
10.5 x 8 in. softcover; 74 pp., 31 color plates
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by Carol Becker,
Dean Columbia School of the Arts


Commentary by George Lawson

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Stephen Beal paints panels of relatively small scale in monochromes or closely toned harmonics, his paint marks organized into systemically determined patterns within a penciled grid structure. The grid enjoys a well-established history in modernism and yet Beal manages to claim it as his own, largely through the sensitivity of his touch. The generative power of Bealís paintings belies both the intimacy of their scale and the tradition in which they are steeped. More

 

ALAN EBNOTHER

Alan Ebnother

Alan Ebnother
Recent Paintings |
A Few Blue Paintings

Published on the occasion of exhibition 08: recent paintings
and 17 in the room for Painting.
10.5 x 8 in. softcover; 72 pp.,
56 color reproductions
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Interview with Brent Hallard

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Alan Ebnother makes paintings using closely hued colors, often one color over another contrasting ground, with dry pigments hand-ground in oil on linen canvases and on wooden panels. For many years Ebnother constrained himself to only green, though a surprising range of green, and recently has broadened his palette to a full range. His paintings initially assert themselves as pure color and then come into focus as gestured compositions full of incident and very physical marking. They are characterized by rich impasto, densely applied pigmentation and intuitive, athletic brush work. More

 

TAMA HOCHBAUM

Tama Hochbaum

Tama Hochbaum
Composite Trees and Road Grids

Published on the occasion of exhibition 01/11: road grids
in the room for paper.
10.5 x 8 in. softcover; 67 pp.,
26 color reproductions
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Commentary by Amy White

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We are releasing this updated version of Tama Hochbaum’s catalog to mark our first year anniversary for the gallery. Tama inaugurated the room for paper last October, along with Judith Belzer in the room for painting. I asked Tama to return and show her recent grid-based composite photographs, works she shoots for the most part from a moving car or while walking. This catalog comprises a reprint of the initial show along with the group from which the current exhibit is selected, and includes the original remarks by North Carolina artist and writer, Amy White. More
 
Books are printed by Ben Zlotkin's Edition One Studios in Berkeley.