Monday, March 27, 2017

Cookie With Grandpa

Here is the one-year-old monkey, wearing a sweater vest and Mardi Gras beads, eating with singular focus while her ethereal sun-drenched Grandpa looks on.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Artists Take Action

Artists Take Action is an amazing project that gathers work from nine incredible artists each month, and auctions it off via Instagram to benefit a different charitable organization that the artists have helped to choose.

March's auction, in which I won the above astonishing Zelma Rose necklace, raised $1670 for Forward Together, a multi-racial organization that works to ensure women, youth, and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential.

February's action, in which I picked up the two stunning artworks below by Christine Buckton Tillman and Alicia Dornadic, raised $1795 for, which helps organize grassroots climate-focused campaigns, projects, and actions in 188 countries.

I hear April's auction is coming pretty soon, so I encourage you to hustle on over and start following @artiststakeaction now! Though the auctions are run through Instagram, which each one disappearing when the new one launches, there's an archive of all the past ones you can peek at over here.

Christine Buckton Tillman

Alicia Dornadic

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Color Poem #5

Mabel’s towel is the
red of cherry candy

mine is the pastel
orange of cantaloupe

Bill’s is the navy
blue of sailor pants

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


It's here! It's here! The day I finally get to show you all the books and products I had the pleasure of editing for Chronicle Books for publication on our Spring 2017 season! Hooray! I just love this moment. And I am honored to get to work with such an amazing array of talented artists and authors, not to mention the smart and creative colleagues who make everything happen around this joint. So, above, you see everything all in one place. So cool! If you want to find out what each of these things is, I'm putting title, author, and link-to-purchase info (you know, just in case you were tempted by anything) below each project's individual photo below.

Go Forth!

Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn

O Glorious City: A Love Letter to San Francisco by Jeremy Fish

642 Things to Draw: London
642 Things to Draw: San Francisco

642 Things to Draw: 10 Graphite Pencils

PANTONE One Sketch a Day

PANTONE List Ledger (two copies shown)

Susan O'Malley Notebook Collection
Susan O'Malley Notecards 

France: Inspiration du Jour by Rae Dunn

Earth and Space Coloring Book featuring photographs from the archives of NASA

Aging Gracefully: Portraits of People Over 100 by Karsten Thormaehlen

Bonus item if you read down this far! All the previous seasons of books I have edited for Chronicle Books since I've been blogging (watch my photo skills deteriorate as we venture backwards through time! But never fear, the books remain awesome all the way back): F16, S16F15S15F14S14F13S13F12S12F11.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Indivisible SF

The other day I attended a meeting of Indivisible SF, a local group using the principles of the Indivisible Guide (if you haven't read this document by former congressional staffers about how best to connect with and influence your congresspeople, I highly recommend it) to oppose the Trump agenda. It was inspiring to see citizens and neighbors, many of them just recently turned to activism for the first time, volunteering part of their weekend (in an impressive setting, as seen above) to organize and take action.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Playing With New Toys Post B-Day Party

A hazy and ethereal image of upright, very-nearly-one-year-old Mabel deeply engaged in that thing which remains her vocation to this day: play.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Barry McGee Parking Garage Mural

Walking along the other day I was excited to stumble upon one of Barry McGee's murals on the Moscone Center Garage. You can read more about this gosh-darn cool thing here. Art in the city. Just the best.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Color Poem #4

red cotton leggings
crimson wool skirt
ruby and pink wide-striped tee shirt
tomato soup cardigan with zebras
carnelian plastic necklace
scarlet lipstick
vermilion rage

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Broad Strokes Book Party

Last week I got to go to the launch party for a book I am extremely proud to have been the editor of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) by Bridget Quinn. It was a packed house at Folio Books in Noe Valley with just about every person in the standing-room-only crowd having bought a book before the talk started -- this was on International Women's Day and the store was donating 10% of all proceeds to Las Esperanzas, an educational, vocational, and youth development program for high-risk girls in Leon Nicaragua. Quinn was interviewed by writer Yukari Iwatani Kane, and she shared stories and insights about a number of the artists featured in the book, and one neat thing was that since everyone had a book we could all turn to the relevant pages to see that artists' art while Quinn was discussing it. After the talk there as a book signing. A lovely evening all around, in celebration of a fantastic book.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The New York Times's 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going (2017 Edition)

A year ago I discovered Hamilton thanks to the New York Times feature 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music is Going (2016). Is it any great surprise, therefore, that when I discovered this thing was back for 2017 I got very excited? I just started listening yesterday so I don't know yet what all new favorite discoveries (and/or obsessions) I might uncover, but I'm already suspecting they will include this and this and this (that final link will also be of special interest to my mom).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Playing Under the Blanket

The series of tiny Mabels from the spring of 2011 when she was about half a year old continues to roll along here apace.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Five Spring Shows at SFMOMA

I went to SFMOMA twice last week and, in addition to many of the usual delights, saw five astonishing new shows. Above is an image from Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, a beautiful exhibition inside of which, alas, picture taking is not allowed. You will have to take my word for its splendidness (or, if you're around, go see it yourself). One thing that particularly struck me were Arbus' titles for her images--turns out that, in addition to being a world-class photographer, she was also a kind of spare modern poet. My favorite title was "Young Man Holding a Paper Bag at Night." I mean, just, come on!

One of my visits was with my coworkers and the other was with my family. Mabel's favorite show was Paul Klee at Play which featured the artist's paper-mache puppets and tiny whimsical drawings--she looked carefully at each one.

Quite possibly my favorite was Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities an astonishing installation that you don't know is coming until you go around a corner, at which point it made the kiddo rush forward and made me laugh out loud at its wonder and audacity. Here are a bunch of pictures of people moving through and around this surreal space:

And then there was a funny thing: drifting through the show German Art After 1960: The Fisher Collection, which has been up since the museum reopened a year ago and which I've probably walked through at least twenty times, I suddenly came upon brand new room! I mean, the room has always been there, but it had something else hanging in it before. Just recently they've changed it to a room full of works (above and below) by the artist Günther Förg--someone who I'd never heard of before and whose art just knocked my socks off!

Last of all, a show you really have to experience in person order to appreciate, William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time--an immersive happening that mixes together five separate video installations, a large-scale mechanical moving wooden sculpture, music, light, sound, and I'm not even sure what all else to make you feel as though you've wandered onto another planet. So cool.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Color Poem #3

waiting at the train station
for a friend’s car to arrive
trying to recall its color

or brown?
maybe a sort of a
burgundy brown?

Bill says Burgundy Brown
sounds like the name of
a seventies jazz musician

Mabel explains that burgundy brown
would be like red and brown mixed
together but with way more brown

the car
pulls up
it’s silver

image source is here

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PhotoNOLA and Also Just NOLA

Oh my goodness--I just realized I never posted here about my trip to New Orleans at the end of last year! I went in my professional capacity as photo book editor at Chronicle Books to review photographer's portfolios at the PhotoNOLA festival. The image directly below shows what portfolio reviewing looks--it's a little like speed-dating with reviewers looking at and discussing artists' work in twenty-minute chunks, all day, for two days--as you can imagine it's a bit of a marathon, but you get to see a ton of cool work and meet lots of interesting people. And I did also squeeze in time to see a bit of the incredible city and its architecture and its jazz and its food (that one thing a few more images down, if your curious, is a bacon ice cream sundae!).