Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Two More Shows in SF This Week

Tomorrow night, many downtown San Francisco galleries will be open for First Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The show at John Berggruen Gallery looks promising. Sculpture by Donald Judd and John McCracken will be on view. The gallery address is 228 Grant Ave.

Not far away, at 49 Geary St., Steven Wolf Fine Arts is presenting an ambitious multi-generational group show called “International Waters,” which delves into the notion of place. The curators are Soo Kim and Jessica Silverman, who have been inspired by Raymond Roussel’s 1910 novel of imaginary travel, Impressions of Africa. The show includes a reconstructed map of Paris by French thinker Guy Debord and another map by Nam June Paik that creates a personal geography. Torture fans can watch a video in which Alex Hartley puts himself into a state of hypothermia (image at top, from the gallery website) . Altogether, there will be works by more than a dozen artists.

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