An art-world-specific image searching and sharing site, Kapsul.org, launches this month. The site is a nonprofit project of Kadist, the Paris- and San Francisco-based arts foundation. The site is free and includes no advertising.
Kapsul has three primary functions: image gathering, sharing and searching. All content is user-generated; think Wikipedia. Kapsul relies upon unpaid contributors and a small staff of moderators who review user-uploaded content.
China Guardian Auctions, one of China's oldest and largest art and antiquities auction houses, is headed to the West. The company recently announced the opening of an office in New York City and the construction of one in London, and establishment of a liaison in Vancouver. China Guardian currently has three branches in mainland China and offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
In his first U.S. solo exhibitions since his mid-career retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2009, Ari Marcopoulos presents a new body of photographs and prints at Ratio3 in San Francisco, as well as a limited edition skateboard deck with one of his images screen-printed on it [through Oct. 22]. A new suite of black-and-white prints featuring Warhol's iconic Marilyn portrait with one of Marcopoulos's photos of graffiti printed over it shows concurrently at SF's Gallery 16.
Marking a significant addition to San Francisco's public art offerings, the Transbay Transit Center in the city's SOMA district will feature $4.75 million in new commissioned works. Jenny Holzer, San Francisco-born Tim Hawkinson, light artist and designer James Carpenter, and Bay Area artists Julie Chang and Ned Kahn will each create a large-scale work for the site.
Currently under construction, the mega-transit complex will encompass one million square feet. It will be topped off by the Transit Tower, planned to be the tallest building on the West Coast and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. It replaces the existing dilapidated bus terminal. The complex is slated for completion in 2017.
Collage and acrylic on paper, thread, string, plastic lid
48 x 30 ¼ in.