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Mid-Century + Contemporary Art

Art and artists that depict a  Mid-Century or contemporary point of view.

Found 12 blog entries about Mid-Century + Contemporary Art.

769 Richmond Ave. is a unique post and beam Eichler with many of its original mid-century modern features still intact. Pull into the expansive paved driveway and park your vehicles in the quintessential Eichler carport. Inside the home, the 1,629 square feet (per tax records) allow for 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths alongside a spacious living room that flows into the dining/living areas. Enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle through the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that connect the living area to the back yard. One can also access the back yard through the hobby/storage room that doubles as the laundry area and connects directly to the kitchen. Mature lemon and orange trees await in the tranquil and spacious yard.

Most of the interior is still

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Heath Ceramics has long been celebrated for innovative design and a tradition of “form follows function” handcrafted stoneware. Founded in 1948 in Sausalito, Heath has expanded with the addition of a tile factory and retail showroom in San Francisco as well as Los Angeles.

The simple elegant design of Heath dinnerware, from the original Heath Coupe Line (modernism at its best) to the newest addition to its line make it a popular choice for Eichler and other MCM and contemporary enthusiasts, as well as those with traditional taste. In addition to dinnerware, Heath showcases household and decorative items designed by kindred artisans from around the world.

If you’ve always wanted to own some Heath pottery – or want to add to your collection,

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It is always a treat to visit Heath Ceramics. On the off chance you haven’t heard about them, Heath Ceramics is an historic tableware and architectural tile company that had its beginnings in Sausalito, CA in 1948. It has since added a new tile factory and showroom in San Francisco and a showroom in Los Angeles. Always valuing thoughtful design and quality over quantity, Heath Ceramics is a treasure trove for anyone looking for unique, classically modern design.

Now would be a great time to pay one of the showrooms a visit. If you are going to be in the LA area this month, Japanese potter Akio Nukaga will be returning to Heath Los Angeles with a bevy of new pieces along with a few of his signature designs. Along with Akio’s work, sculptural

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the art celebration that is about to descend on San Francisco. Whether you are a Bay Area resident or a visitor, this event is a must see for art lovers.

Tomorrow marks the opening of Art Market San Francisco, the art fair that has become one of the Bay Area’s premier contemporary and modern art events. The fair features work from a global array of galleries as well as a series of lectures and panel discussions.

Opening night (Wednesday, April 29, 2015) gets things started with a Benefit Preview Reception, offering VIP ticketholders exclusive access to the show along with live entertainment, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Thursday evening is party night, when VIP and Fair Pass holders

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If you are a modern art lover looking for some visual stimulation this weekend, check out the new exhibition, Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley, opening at the Richmond Art Center this Sunday, September 14, 2014.

In case you aren’t familiar with the name, Richard Diebenkorn was a leading artist in the California School of Abstract Expressionism, as well as an influential “first generation” artist in the Bay Area Figurative Movement during the 1950s and ‘60s.  From the mid-1950s to 1966 Diebenkorn lived in Berkeley, and during these years his work evolved from abstract to figurative painting.  Work from his Berkeley years will be exhibited along with the work of other important artists of the Bay Area Figurative Movement.

The exhibition runs

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I am excited to see that Forgotten Modernism and Super Sonic artist Michael Murphy has joined forces with Melissa Arendt for a new exhibition of contemporary art at San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery.  The opening reception is Friday night (September 5, 2014), and the show will run through September 27, 2014.

I’m a fan of Michael Murphy in particular.  He is best known for his Forgotten Modernism series, which acknowledges San Francisco’s Eichler homes as well as interpreting many of San Francisco’s architectural gems with a modernistic twist.  Recently he has expanded his work to include architecture of Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

Melissa Arendt is new on my personal radar.  She is a Sacramento girl who creates what she describes as “aesthetic

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Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism just opened at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.  Organized in collaboration with guest curator Donald Albrecht, the exhibit explores the design and architectural contributions that Jewish émigrés made in in post-WWII America.

The exhibit includes art, architecture, and everyday objects that have become an integrated part of American homes.  Included in the display is an advertisement for an Eichler home, paying homage to the fact that Joseph Eichler, in addition to being at the forefront of Modernism in America, was known for his progressive views on nondiscrimination.  Other work on display at this celebration of Mid-Century Modern sensibilities is work by Alvin Lustig, Ruth Adler Schnee, and

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It seems as thought there is always something interesting happening at Heath Ceramics.  This Friday evening, Heath and House Industries will celebrate their latest collaboration with the launch of Heath House Clocks.  The celebration will feature live jazz and an insider’s opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind clock colors that will be available exclusively at the kick-off gala.  The party starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Heath Showroom in San Francisco.

If you are a SoCal resident (or planning a trip to the sunny southern regions of our state…) Summerland will be bringing a mini farmer’s market to Heath Los Angeles on the first Saturday of every month.  Get a discount on your first order and – just maybe, if you are lucky – be the

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Silicon Valley Contemporary will kick off its inaugural celebration of contemporary art for acquisition with an exclusive First Look preview, open to Black Card holders, on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  First Look guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as they preview art created by some of the world’s most respected contemporary artists.  The Opening Night Preview, which is open to all Black Card and VIP pass holders, will follow First Look and includes an awards presentation and reception.

The event will continue through April 13, 2014 and will feature – in addition to its impressive art show – programs on collecting art, presentations by artists, and a RSVP Downtown San Jose Public Art Walking Tour.

In conjunction with Silicon Valley Contemporary,

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The San Mateo Highlands Eichler Home Tour is still more than six weeks away, but it isn’t too early to get your tickets for this extraordinary event.  The "Inside-Outside" Eichler home tour will take you to 10 Eichler homes, as well as the Modern Hub museum and a vintage Airstream trailer.  The event promises to be a Mid-Century Eichler extravaganza!

The weekend festivities, which run from 10 am to 3 pm on May 3+4, 2014 offer the opportunity to meet homeowners, architects, and contractors who are experienced in remodeling Eichler homes, as well as find inspiration for décor, design, and landscaping.  And don’t forget to purchase a gourmet box lunch so you can eat on the run – and maximize your touring time.

In addition, this year’s tour presents a

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