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Nirmala Nataraj

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The Legacy of Feminism
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 05, 2012)
The question of what it means to be a woman might summon a few immediately stereotypical ideas (bras, lipstick, painful visits to the waxing salon), but at least in this generation, it’s becoming increasingly rare to find femaleness aligned with stalwart pronouncements of power or that dreaded “f” word: feminism. More »
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 05, 2012)
It's 7pm in the East Gardens of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The fog is ineluctably rolling in, and the cluster of people all around are wrapping their coats more tightly around their bodies, impatiently awaiting the spectacle promised by a mélange of synthesizers deftly mimicking nature's aural arrangements. Finally, a procession of 15 dancers robed in shades of sand and silver stroll slowly to center stage, taking their positions around individual plots of grass and cement. Vivid tableaux of leisurely movement follow -- ones that vaguely resemble tai chi, yoga, and other ancient salutations to the elements. More »
High and Low Culture
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 05, 2012)
There are few artists in the world who have utilized the darkly comical potential of digital and performance art like Austrian-born Erwin Wurm. In his latest exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, "I Love My Time, I Don't Like My Time," a chronological range of Wurm's artistic output adorns the gallery in a zany display of the creative potential of time, mass, and material form. Wurm's exhibit includes experimental performance, photography, video installation, and text. More »
Skateboards, Slang, and Symbols
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 05, 2012)
Propounding the DIY ethic and jabbering about street cred are, by now, cliches, but something about the persistent vogue of skating culture makes me feel like a downright luddite. Beautiful Losers, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is a celebration of skateboard memorabilia and contemporary art inspired by skateboard culture. In the 1990s, a group of American artists barely out of their teens redefined youth subculture by connecting the dots between skateboarding, graffiti, street fashion, and music... More »
Rise and Fall of a Global Icon
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 05, 2012)
The latest exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a methodical multimedia retrospective that probes the legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the controversial Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist who died of AIDS-related complications in 1997 at the age of 58. Conceived by Brooklyn-based curator Trevor Schoonmaker, the exhibit showcases the work of 30 contemporary artists who distill Fela's enigmatic persona and revolutionary proclivities... More »
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 05, 2012)
The increasingly palpable link between the Buddhist principle of wakefulness and site-specific conceptual art is practically a moot point. After all, it's inarguable that the primary function of the latter is to educate both sentient and oblivious beings in the subtle art of perception -- but this alone does not a work of "Buddhist" art make. Thankfully, artist Tom Marioni's Golden Rectangle exhibit doesn't rehash the same truisms of the Zen experience, but instead enchants viewers with a complex, elegant interplay between the sacred and colloquial, the contemplative and the social. More »
Innocence Lost
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 04, 2012)
Beyond his treatment of common children's motifs - dolls, toys and ambivalent nymphets- Austrian painter Gottfried Helnwein's vision is shrouded in an aura of enigmatic darkness. With his giant color portraits of stillborn babies; paintings that juxtapose Nazi-era photographs with his own images; and pictures of deformed, abjectly countenanced children swathed in bandages, Helnwein is preoccupied with the indelible suffering that mirrors the more delicate aspects of youth. More »
The Streamlining of Decadence
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 04, 2012)
For much of the past half-century, critical pundits have treated Art Deco like the spoiled brat whose father's wealth and connections have allowed it easy access to the otherwise impenetrable echelons of the creative elite. "Indulgent", "capricious", and "exploitative" are some of the epithets hurled its way, and while Deco's aesthetic and academic implications have remained largely intact, a gradual acceptance of commercial art has allowed this movement more breathing space in the otherwise stuffy corridors of art criticism. More »
The Body Horrific
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 04, 2012)
It's no surprise that artist Marilyn Minter, whose current body of photorealist paintings seductively grace the austere walls of the SFMOMA, was influenced by Diane Arbus, that most lauded archivist of the macabre. In fact, Minter, while an undergraduate at the University of Florida in the 1960s, studied under the auspices of Arbus. Minter's eye for both eeriness and irony was blatant in her photographic documentation of her mother, an aging beauty and drug addict whose haggard demeanor was only matched by her cosmetic obsessions More »
Passing on the Baton
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 04, 2012)
The 2004 Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Awards portend a shift in modern art -- from the sweeping, dramatic debacles so many of us associate with "modern art" to a subtle, softer, and perhaps more complex, representation of the uncertainty that serves as a book end to the modern experience. Currently on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The SECA Award Exhibit, a biennial juried show that honors local artists, features works by Rosana Castrillo Diaz, Simon Evans, Shaun O'Dell, and Josephine Taylor. More »
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