san-francisco

Robert Arneson, David Williams, and Werner Jespen

Albreaux Gallery and Hansen Gallery

The Albreaux Gallery recently opened at the Cannery with a group show largely devoted to funk art and, in the main, pieces previously exhibited by artists associated with the regular stables of other galleries. Setting the tone of the show was one of the ceramic toilets executed half a decade ago by Robert Arneson who, as a painter and graphicist rather than as a ceramicist, just opened an extensive exhibition of recent work at the Hansen Gallery.

The Hansen show finds humor and sophisticatedly flamboyant satire continuing to form the basic mood of Arneson’s work. A large series of canvases are skillfully articulated spoofs on art; paintings about painting in the form of large frameless pictures of ornate Baroque frames. In some instances Arneson actually sculpts motifs characteristic of the ornate moulding of antique picture frames in heavy impasto on the canvas. The area of each canvas

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