a tale of a few cities

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.

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Dietch Projects SF, New Art In The Streets

Up until yesterday I was having a lot of fun being friends with Jeffrey Dietch on Facebook. I was a little slow to cotton-on to the joke, but when I did, I thought it brilliant. There appeared on his Facebook wall, a photo of a fellow sitting looking very smart in a cavernous, modern, all white interior above the heading, ‘Getting the space ready for San Francisco opening.‘ ‘LMAO!‘, was my response and contribution to the comment thread. After clicking the notification that Jeffrey Dietch liked my comment, I was returned to this page. The Facebook profile had been shut down. All sorts of artists had friended Dietch and posted on his wall, thinking him to be Jeffrey Deitch of the eponymous SoHo gallery, Deitch Projects. (Owner Jeffrey Deitch closed his gallery to the public in June 2010 as a result of being appointed  director of L.A.’s MoCA).

I thought the whole Dietch Projects SF to be a wonderful guerrilla stunt. Some didn’t, as evinced by a writer at New York based Blog Mixed Greens. The writer at Mixed Greens mentions Dietch Projects SF logo being ‘ripped off‘ from the original.  Wtf? – how can you ‘rip-off‘ a logo that’s already been ripped off? The writer suggested that Fake Deitch was responsible. I thought that a lame scapegoat but figured I’d pursue @FakeDeitch to prove Mixed Green’s wayward hunch wrong.

I love Dietch Projects SF’s promotional photo (top), snatched from Chicks With Steve Buscemeyes.

Heading out to Gallery Heist tomorrow evening anyway, I’ll probably mosey over to 441 O’Farrell to check things out. 

Dietch Projects SF
New Art In The Streets
Dec 8 – Jan 6
441 O’Farrell Street,
San Francisco 94102
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UPDATE Dec 9: Went down to 441 O’Farrell last night, turned out that was the Ever Gold address. Next door sat large construction hoarding plastered with ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE & the Dietz Projects logo (with an address change of 445 O’Farrell). It was pretty funny, the hoarding, about 10ft high stuck out roughly 15ft to the curb and I’d say it was about 20ft wide in front of a low rent hotel. Pedestrians jostled dutifully between the protruding structure and the curb. A friend and I spotted a fellow being admitted into the hotel so we slipped in behind him and ventured into the main lobby area to catch a glimpse through the front window (backside of the hoarding). It was simply a false front completely void of any construction. A total stunt. Staff at the grotty Hotel whose frontage was completely obscured seemed oblivious to the fact. Especially hilarious was a clerk yelling at us from a far away front desk in the dimly lit cavernous lobby of what must have been a grand-ish hotel in it’s time, asking us what we were doing there. We were taking pictures. He looked bemused – stunt – what stunt? It was as if he were utterly incognizant of the hotel’s current frontage. Even so, the artwork lived up to its namesake, ‘New Art In The Streets’. I figure Ever Gold artist Jeremiah Jenkins was responsible for the Guerilla installation. I could be wrong.


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.

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Fleet Week as seen yesterday in North Beach, San Francisco

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

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

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Katy Grannan, Boulevard

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

Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Los Angeles, 2009

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Katy Grannan, Anonymous, San Francisco, 2010

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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

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Peter Combe, Giants Jiggle Gif (framed)

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

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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″

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apropos

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

io sono l’amore

Posted in Cinéma, italia by petercombe on April 21, 2010

I AM LOVE  (aka, Io sono l’amore)

Dir. Luca Guadagnino

Italy, 2009, 120 minutes

“Like Arnaud Desplechin’s symphonic melodramas, I Am Love plays its various narrative strands off each other in the most elegant of ways and allows Swinton to deliver another desire-driven grande dame performance. See it by any means necessary. 5 Stars”

— TIME OUT CHICAGO

53rd San Francisco International Film Festival

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Sun, May 02 / 3:30 / Castro / IAML02C

via I Am Love


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