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Dan will be signing copies of his book, In Plain View at Space Gallery on Friday, January 7th from 8-10PM

Be on the lookout for his work as it shows up around the city!  For each work on view at White Walls, a corresponding piece will take root in the Bay Area’s public space.

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Dan Witz’s integrity in expressing beauty through subversion and an enduring interest in realism has sustained the artist a copious 30-year career. Known for his hyper-realistic paintings, Witz challenges himself to keep representational painting relevant in the postmodern era and digital age.  This challenge commands that the artist must continually grow and experiment in his art practice which has contributed to him being cited as one of the most progressive and influential painters of our time.

White Walls Gallery is pleased to announce the debut solo show by Dan Witz entitled “What The %$#@? (WTF)”. The opening reception will be held on January 8, 2011 from 7-11pm. Witz is known for using  his mastery of the visual deception of trompe-l’oeil and photorealistic painting techniques to create conceptual visual pranks, producing a definitive and unparalleled street art practice.

The “What The %$#@? (WTF)” series is named for the universal reactions it often inspires within the viewer.  For this street art project, Witz is installing his Dark Doings pieces on walls beside highway ramps and interchanges–bottleneck locations where traffic backs up and a captive audience develops as cars pass by at low speeds. Dark Doings is made up of digital photo prints with extensive over-painting mounted on plastic and then framed.  For each piece that Witz will be showing within the gallery, a corresponding piece will be put up somewhere in the Bay Area.  The artworks come in an edition of 6:3 for the street and 3 for other distribution.  The street versions are unsigned, but marked with NFFS*.  The asterisk indicates (on the back of the piece) *NOT FOR FUCKING SALE.

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Over 100 artists culled from an international spectrum have participated in what project organizers/curators, Workhorse and PAC are calling The Underbelly Project.  Deep in the clandestine bowels of the New York subway system is a den of street art works that are off limits to collectors and appreciators.  They exist as somewhat public works, accessible to the adventurous–urban archeologists and selected members of the press, but inaccessible to the grip of the art market’s talons.

Personal favorite Dan Witz! (above)

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The press releases haven’t been written up yet, but the buzz begins; Jeffrey Deitch’s first 2011 show will be a graffiti and street art one.  Surprise! Deitch continues to champion the genre, and MOCA will no doubt benefit from a huge turnout thanks to a whole new demographic.  The show will be large in both artist representation and historical scope, por ejemplo– a special nod to LA with the inclusion of 1970s Chicano mural art.  Read more.

Fasten your seat belts because next week I will be talking about literary arts.

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Jesse Hazelip is currently installing the work for his next major exhibition opening this Saturday, July 10th in conjunction with the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery. This installation will be on display through November 13th and is visible in the SFMOMA Garage’s street-level windows on both the Natoma and Minna St. alleys between New Montgomery and Third St.

The work for this installation involves large scale mixed media pieces on wooden panels, each commenting on contemporary sociopolitical issues in a cause and effect statement. Topics of waste are addressed through the artist’s use of found, salvaged and repurposed materials. Capitalism and greed are commented on through the artist’s discussion of the recent BP oil spill, and the sort of rugged individualism that defines America while blinding us to our fellow humans’ plight is illustrated in a piece dedicated to the alarming statistic that names suicide as the number two cause of death amongst Native American adolescents.

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