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Don’t-miss works from a trio of standout shows this month— nominated by curators from the Museum of Craft and Design, the Robert Koch Gallery, and the de Young Museum.


The White House

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Phosphor Tailings Pond #4

Photo: © Edward Burtynsky, Courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco/Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

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Tahitian Woman with a Flower

Photo: Courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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“Al Farrow has been in the Bay Area a long time. He uses recycled ammunition and casings as well as gun parts and steel to create sculptures that are, usually, miniatures of real buildings. The White House marks the first time he’s done an overtly political building. The White House is intentionally not white. That’s something that he wants the viewer to think through.” —Ariel Zaccheo, assistant curator, Museum of Craft and Design
Divine Ammunition, Through Feb. 24, 2019

“Edward Burtynsky’s Phosphor Tailings Pond #4 is an arresting image that depicts the mining of phosphorus in Florida, a nonrenewable resource used in industrial agriculture. Thousands of acres of vegetation and topsoil are cleared to access the phosphate. The photograph is a powerful example of Burtynsky’s work, seductive and alluring, yet about a challenging environmental issue.” —Ada Takahashi, principal, Robert Koch Gallery
Anthropocene, through Dec. 29

“Tahitian Woman with a Flower, Paul Gauguin’s European-style portrait of his Tahitian neighbor, was among the first paintings he produced following his arrival in Tahiti in 1891. In spite of its title, the piece draws on Renaissance portraiture, including the pose of the sitter: a three-quarter figure shown slightly in profile, with face, hair, and hands in place. Behind the sitter, the background is sharply divided into two planes of flat color, yellow and red, with flowers floating around her. The portrait is emblematic of Gauguin’s ambition to work in Tahiti, apart from his fellow French artists, while still catering to Parisian collectors.” —Christina Hellmich, curator, de Young Museum 
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey, through Apr. 7, 2019


Originally published in the Deember issue of San Francisco 

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