San Francisco

Barry Le Va

Daniel Weinberg Gallery

It’s not a conscious aversion to the arts, or contemporary art, but a natural shying away from things that smack of elitism as opposed to populism (this is a strong labor town). San Franciscans love culture veering toward the camp, jaded pleasures of fashion and immediate pleasures of rock music. Other than that, the theatricality of opera keeps it popular, hanging on as the vestige of glittery anachronistic absurdity that it is. No coincidence that rock superentrepreneur Bill Graham is sponsoring a huge benefit concert for those basketball coaches. No coincidences or surprises then that people can’t respond to Barry Le Va’s work. Aside from the surface chic emptiness, people peer in at the installation, take the cursory view, and turn away without any idea that there is something more, something that is not contained in the pieces of wood “ randomly” distributed around the room. This work

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