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Preview: Fifty Years of Bay Area Art & 2010 Seca Awards Exhibitions @ SFMoMA

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 07 Dec 2011
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One of our favorite exhibitions that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art holds is the SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Awards, focusing and honoring Bay Area artists whose innovative works, while diverse in form and subject matter, reflect overlapping affinities. This year, SECA is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Bay Area art scene with both the 2010 SECA Awards exhibition and Fifty Years of Bay Area Art retrospective.

For the Fifty Years of Bay Area Art retrospective, SFMoMA is displaying fantastic pieces by past SECA award winners Barry McGee, Kota Ezawa, Tauba Auerbach, Sarach Cain, Chris Johanson, Rigo 23, Desiree Holman, Shaun O'Dell, Maria Porges, artists who in recent years have had dramatic impacts on contemporary art. The McGee mural near the large window panes to the rooftop sculpture garden was a standout to say the least. Sarah Cain's work, featured in our December 2010 issue, captured our attention in the exhibitions front hall.

The winners of the 2010 SECA Awards include Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, and Kamau Amu Patton dominated two rooms, with Colter's work in particular being impressive. As the SFMoMA documented, Colter's "meticulous drawings, watercolors, and installations often incorporate found ephemera to explore reflection and longin."

Here is a press briefing on the 2010 SECA winners, and the context of the Award:

This year's SECA Art Award exhibition showcases four Bay Area artists whose innovative works, while diverse in form and subject matter, reflect overlapping affinities. Mauricio Ancalmo combines various found mechanical instruments in a film-based installation to form a structural dialogue that is both poetically and philosophically inspired. Colter Jacobsen's meticulous drawings, watercolors, and installations often incorporate found ephemera to explore reflection and longing. Ruth Laskey employs weaving, using a traditional ?oor loom, to expand on the painterly tradition of geometric abstraction. And Kamau Amu Patton synthesizes works in a range of media to investigate the interzone of sound, materiality, and perceptual experience. Established to recognize Bay Area artists of exceptional promise and talent with an exhibition, accompanying catalogue, and cash prize, the biennial award is administered by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011.

 

Barry McGee, 1996 winner:

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Chris Johanson, 2002 winner:

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Close-up, Sarah Cain, 2006 winner (featured in the December 2010 issue):

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Colter Jacobsen, one of the 2010 Seca Art Award winnners:

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Kota Ezawa, 2006 winner:

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Tauba Auerbach, 2008 winner:

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2002 winner, John Bankston:

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1998 winner, Chris Finley:

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Desiree Holman, 2008:

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2010 SECA Award Exhibition and Fifty Years of Bay Area Art
SFMoMA
December 9—April 3, 2012
San Francisco, California




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