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Cindy Sherman Retrospective at SFMOMA

July 14 – October 07, 2012

Cindy Sherman is recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists of the last 40 years and arguably the most influential artist working exclusively with photography. This retrospective traces the groundbreaking artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. Bringing together more than 170 key photographs from a variety of Sherman’s acclaimed bodies of work, the presentation constitutes the first overview of her career since 1997 in the United States. Sherman has served as her own model for more than 30 years, generating a range of guises and personas that are by turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. The exhibition showcases the artist’s greatest achievements to date, from her early experiments as a student in Buffalo in the 1970s to her recent large-scale photographic murals.

Cindy Sherman, renowned American photographer and film director, is 58 today.

My Submission to Postcards from the Edge, NYC

Peter Combe, Damien Hirst at SFMOMA, 2011 

Above is my submission to Postcards from the Edge, NYC. When I saw Andy Bosselman’s photo of San Francisco based artist, Xiang Gao outside SFMOMA – I cracked up and knew I wanted to incorporate Damien Hirst‘s noggin.

Postcards from the Edge is an exhibit and benefit sale of over 1500 one-of-a-kind postcard-size works of art by established and emerging artists. All artworks at Postcards from the Edge benefit are exhibited anonymously. The works are signed on the back only and though viewers receive a list of all participating artists, they don’t know who created which piece until purchased.

Postcards from the Edge will be hosted at Cheim & Read from January 6-8, 2012

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting HIV+ artists.


Fleet Week as seen yesterday in North Beach, San Francisco

Posted in Peter Combe Art, Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on October 9, 2011

Peter Combe, Fleet Week as seen today in North Beach, San Francisco, (iPhone 4), 2011


Katy Grannan, Boulevard

Posted in Art, Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on February 5, 2011

Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Los Angeles, 2009


Katy Grannan, Anonymous, San Francisco, 2010


I saw this exhibition of Katy Grannan’s work ‘Boulevard’ at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco last month and was blown away by the large format photographs. These pictures were made over the past three years in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Shooting against white stucco walls in strong midday light, the city streets became Grannan’s outdoor studio. The characters who populate most of Grannan’s Boulevard Series are a parade of down and outers and eccentrics.

Katy GrannanAnonymous, San Francisco, 2009 &  Anonymous, Los Angeles, 2010

all images © Katy Grannan


My Shared Exhibit

l. Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1967, Screenprint, Silver-coated paper, 22×21″, r. Peter Combe, 09h16473 Head, 2009, Mixed media, 11×16″
Peter Combe, Pink Interference, 32″ x 39″, mixed media, 2009


December 4 – January 31, 2011

Reception: Saturday, December 4, 6-9pm



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Peter Combe, Giants Jiggle Gif (framed)

Posted in Gif, San Francisco by petercombe on November 1, 2010


Allison Reilly and Miguel Farias, Hulu (907)

Posted in Art, Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on September 22, 2010

Allison Reilly and Miguel Farias, “Hulu (907)” from the series Gh0st L1fe, 2010, Digital print, 30 x 45″



Posted in humour, San Francisco by petercombe on May 31, 2010

Currently the most popular municipal election sign seen throughout The Castro in San Francisco.

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Patrick Lawler, San Francisco in 4K

Posted in San Francisco, video by petercombe on May 3, 2010

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