Saturday, December 31, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

PARK(ing) is a parking space south of Market turned into a park for a couple of sunny hours last month.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Shameless promotion...

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

3eyes - Streetclock gnomon [milov]

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Jeff Berner Photography: Paris, France & Marin County, California. Visit ABTEERLNIEERR, 01 42 52 25 95, 102-bis rue Lepic 75018 Paris, metro Abbesses
From Gertrude Stein on Picasso, 1970, Liveright, 1946, Random House:
Then again in 1904 he was once again in Paris.

He lived in Montmartre, in the rue Ravignan, its name has been changed now, but the last time I was there it still had its old charm, the little square was just as it was the first time I saw it, a carpenter was working in a corner, the children were there, the houses were all about the same as they had been, the old atelier where all of them had lived was still standing, perhaps since then, for it is two or three years that I was there last, perhaps now they have commenced to tear it down and build another building. It is normal to build new buildings but all the same one does not like anything to change, and the rue Ravignan of that time was really something, it was the rue Ravignan and it was there that many things that were important in the history of twentieth century art happened.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Found in the history room at Canessa...


The Canessa Building, built in the late 1800s and located at 708 Montgomery, is an official San Francisco landmark. Canessa once housed printing presses and gas lights, and nearby, on Sansome Street, a bustling produce market district shook the neighborhood into pre-dawn life.

For 30 years, from 1933 to 1963, the Black Cat Cafe, located at 710 Montgomery, was the Canessa Building's next-door neighbor. The Cat attracted a bohemian clientele of both straight and gay writers, artists and musicians from the neighborhood. Many lived and worked across the street in the historic Montgomery Block building (where the TransAmerica Pyramid now stands). Just north of the Cat, at 716-718-720 Montgomery, were the studios of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Emmy Lou Packard and Ralph and Peter Stackpole.

Regular visitors to the Cat included artists Hassel Smith, Maynard Dixon and Ed Corbett. John Steinbeck and William Saroyan dropped in from time to time -- as did two veteran police reporters, Neil Hitt of the Chronicle and Harry Debolt of the Examiner. According to Jerry Flamm, author of Hometown San Francisco, Hitt and Debolt, “an inseparable pair in the Hall of Justice press room after 5 p.m., would occasionally stroll down one block to the Black Cat for a thirst quencher after advising the police radio dispatcher where they would be in case all hell broke loose somewhere in the city.”

Though many of the buildings in this area did not survive the era of high-and-higher architecture, the diminutive gem known as Canessa has. Today, the old brick building still glows with light and life and is home to an art gallery and several creative professionals with small businesses.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Fran Herndon shows at Canessa through May 28, beloved by poets.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Artweek classifieds, space for rent� Visual Arts "How to Article" #2: This is about vanity galleries. One is described as an art gallery for exhibitions sponsored by arts organizations, eductional institutions, independent curators and individual artists, 1300 sq ft, ground floor.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Google Maps (Unofficial Standalone Viewer) - Lower Columbus Passage is a map showing rough locations of Canessa neighborhood views seen in the Passage album on
Google Maps - 94111: TransAmerica Pyramid is lower left and Canessa is lost in the shadows in this satellite image.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

NYPL Digital Gallery in the Changing New York collection, there is a picture of two old houses in front of a giant brick warehouse by Berenice Abbott from 1935. What a difference in scale.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Helene Sobol shows studies of of Bark in this month's installation at Canessa Gallery. Beauty comes from something useful, in this case the bark of numerous trees.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Jimo Perini shows 63 years of photography at Canessa Gallery through January. Published more than once. A part of North Beach. A photographer's photographer. Canessa in the past.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

ROOKE TIME 26: A Brief History of Graffiti Research/Staffan Jacobson via elastic space
The Cockettes -- uh, the Palace, the theater up the street that seems to be seriously boarded up. Also The Artist General via an official purveyor of information.

Friday, January 14, 2005 USA, 1872-1991, USGS earthquake and dramatic landscape.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Examiner has a perceptive article about why North Beach is such a great place, and trashes Civic Center, Union Square (a little) and the Embarcadero and its fancy farmer's market.