Victory for Percent-for-Art

A U.S. district court in San Francisco turned back a challenge from a bay area Building Industry Association to Oakland’s recently enacted amendment to its Percent-for-Art statute that requires large-scale real estate developments in the city include publicly accessible works of art or pay a fee to the municipal arts agency. The February 5th ruling by Judge Vince Chhabria accepted a motion by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker to dismiss the association’s lawsuit to stop the implementation of the city’s 2015 requirement that developers of both commercial and residential properties include artwork on their sites. Continue reading

Resident Update: Dominic Sansone

My third and final month at Mana has seen my productivity wane as I prepared for a one week exhibition with another resident in the building and friend, Sam Pullin. I had to shift gears from churning out pieces to finishing some half-baked ideas for the work planned for the exhibition titled American Dark Age, curated by Allison Hall. Wanting to build on the things I did the last time exhibiting in Jersey City, I have opted for another participatory installation titled, Make America Grieve Again. I see this piece as a way to talk about violence in our world without it becoming confrontational or partisan, both of which seem nearly impossible in the current climate. Audience members are invited to use bullet shaped chalks to write on the walls of the gallery space. Some took it seriously and vented their frustrations after yet another school shooting. Others were more irreverent, drawing lewd cartoons or making silly jokes. Both are fine, it was their work, not mine, and I am not the arbiter of how my art is approached once it is out of the studio. Continue reading

In the Studio with Tmima

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The Bomb, 2018. Wood, metal, paper, styrofoam, paint. (13.5in x 6in x 8.5in)

Tmima is an internationally renowned Israeli artist. At sixteen she was accepted to the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem on a full scholarship, where she ultimately graduated. After graduating she received the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation Scholarship and moved to Europe, following the stirring urge of a friend to showcase her work around France, Italy and Switzerland. Tmima is a prolific, disciplined and talented artist who has been exhibited in many museums, galleries and permanent collections around the world. She left Paris to live in SoHo, Manhattan, where she increased her focus on sculptures. Continue reading

Maria Santi – Cuestionar la Pintura



Maria Santi, artista visual, es Lic. en Artes Plásticas por la Universidad de la Plata con un posgrado en el UNA Visuales en Especialización en Medios y Tecnologías para la Producción Pictórica. Su obra se vincula con su entorno inmediato el cual está inserto en un ámbito que gravita entre lo citadino y lo natural y donde tiene oportunidad de trabajar en contacto con esa naturaleza que la remite a cuestionamientos sobre el origen. “Trabajo creando una estructura en la que se lleva a cabo un dialogo entre el poder del material, la imagen visual y la experiencia personal. En particular estoy interesada en la fusión de representaciones de imágenes de la naturaleza como también en explorar el sexto sentido o instinto que posee el mundo natural, así como el sentido primordial de la pureza y la belleza. Este instinto se relaciona directamente con el proceso intuitivo que está activo en mi pintura”, dice Maria. Su trabajo parte de la organicidad de la materia y se transforma mediante la pintura. Continue reading

In the Studio with Miriam Ancis


Round About (detail). Steel, Acrylic. 66 x 60 x 13 1/2. 2018

Miriam Ancis is among the dozens of artists whom curators and artists recommended to me in January. I first met Miriam at the New York Foundation for Arts in 2017 when she showed me abstract conceptual work she was developing. We exchanged twenty-seven emails as I also exchanged countless emails with other innovative artists.  More on my artist selection process at the end. Continue reading

Do you own the work you create in your college program?

Going to college (for art students and everyone else) is an opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of ideas, academic and practical pursuits, but by enrolling in a college both the student and the institution enter into a legally binding agreement. Actually, it is more than one agreement. Students sign contracts to pay tuition and all required fees, to behave in a certain way while attending classes or living in a dormitory (“I shall conduct myself in a manner which demonstrates respect for the University, myself, and my classmates” is one of six statements in the agreement that students at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania are required to sign) and to abide by some spelled-out code of conduct while using school-owned computers and software. Additionally, there may be other legal documents to sign for those involved in athletics, internships and foreign travel. Continue reading