With new student shows nearly every week (here, Y-Axis, 2008, a multimedia installation by Brandon Truscott, Andres
Garcia Franco, and John Melvin), the Diego Rivera Gallery is a valuable site for experimentation and exhibition.

Diego Rivera Gallery

RED EIGHT: New Paintings by Howard Friedman
Monday, April 21 - Saturday, April 26, 2014
Diego Rivera Gallery
Reception » Tuesday, April 22 | 5–7 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

RED EIGHT: New Paintings is the first exhibition by emerging artist and longtime North Beach resident, Howard Friedman. A self-taught and relatively undiscovered artist, Friedman brings to his ambitious oeuvre the unfettered sensibility of the "outsider," creating an engaging and enigmatic series of monochromatic paintings whose form is distinctly contemporary.

Born from the eclecticism of a global perspective, Friedman's works forge images from his history of world travel and diverse cultural exchanges. The artist applies layers of red nail polish to discarded amateur paintings from around the Bay Area, which partially conceals the original image in a labor-intensive process that assimilates diverse sources into a singular voice.

RED EIGHT combines Friedman's refined and multifarious images with text and biographical ephemera, inflecting the paintings with a historical framework that expands the large, nuanced body of work into rich and personal territories.

Curators: Benjamin Ashlock, Diego Villalobos, and Agnes Widbom


About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events