Keith Haring Studio Book Release/Signing

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Early last year French photographer Baptise Lignel published a small photo book about Keith Haring at work in his NYC studio. The photographer only 14 years old at the time had a friendship with the artist which gave him intimate access to Haring at work. Lignel captured dozens of candid images of the artist painting his iconic black lined figures as well as sporadic moments of their friendship. The book, originally released in conjunction with the Paris exhibition “Keith Haring, the political line,” now comes to to San Francisco in time for Keith Haring: The Political Line” which opens at the DeYoung Museum on November 7.

Join us Saturday November 8, 2014 for a book release and signing with photographer Baptiste Lignel from 4 to 6 p.m.

* Signed prints of the the artists work from the book will also be available for purchase.



We’re up and Running on Valencia Street!


Needles & Pens is officially open for biz in our new location at 1173 Valencia St. SF CA 94110. Come down and see us! PS – we’ll soon be joined by our buddy @curatorsf who will be setting up a pop up shop in house!




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Hello. Needles & Pens is moving to 1173 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA. 94110 (btwn 22nd-23rd Streets) while our 16th Street space is being retrofitted. Saturday October 4 will be our first day of business in the new location.


Up Next in the Gallery: Ben Medansky + Louis M Schmidt

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Needles & Pens presents,

From Beginning to End
Ben Medansky + Louis M Schmidt

Opening Reception 7- 9 pm on August 9, 2014

From Beginning to End is a two person exhibition in which the sometimes abstract/sometimes utilitarian ceramic sculptural works of Ben Medansky will be displayed along side Louis M Schmidt’s graphite/ink drawings depicting the complicated interrelations between human beings. Works by these two Los Angeles based artists will be on display through September 30, 2014 in the gallery at Needles & Pens.

Needles & Pens
3253 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94103


8 Ball Zine Fair comes to SF!


We are pleased to announce that N&P will be participating in the New York City based 8-Ball Zine Fair making it’s first appearance in San Francisco!
Join us on Sunday July 6th, 2-6 pm at Billiard Palacade at 5179 Mission Street in SF.


Tod Seelie comes to N&P July 8

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BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York
Photo Book Presentation with Tod Seelie
Tuesday, July from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Tod Seelie has been living and photographing in NYC since 1997. He recently published a book of these photographs, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York. His New York is not what you might expect, and it’s definitely not the one you see on postcards. To celebrate the publication of BRIGHT NIGHTS, Tod is taking it on the road. He will be presenting a selection of his work, talking about his process, how he ended up where he did and tell a couple stories of what he’s been up to over the last decade and half. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

todseelie.com – suckapants.com

BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York By Tod Seelie
Published by Prestel Publishing

Tod Seelie loves New York, but not the version depicted in postcards. His city is an underground haven for people at society’s edges, people who come alive at night, who make music and art and noise and mess. This startlingly beautiful collection of images captures a gritty culture that belies the city’s glamorous persona. Here are punk bands and bike parties, abandoned spaces and skeezy clubs, junk-filled lots and sketchy streets. Interspersed throughout the book are texts from Seelie’s friends and fellow artists, along with an introduction by Jeff Stark, editor of the iconic alternative events e-mail list Nonsense NYC. The photographs in the book create a love poem to the city that not only doesn’t sleep—it cavorts around at 3:00 am looking for the next adventure.

With contributions by:
Caledonia Curry (Swoon),Colin Moynihan (New York Times), Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Benjamin Shapiro (VICE), Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine), Ian Vanek (Japanther), Conrad Carlson (Black Label Bicycle Club), Carolina Miranda (ArtNews), Joe Ahearn (Clocktower Gallery/Showpaper), Jeff Stark (Nonsense NYC), Sto Len (Cinders Gallery)

Colorful, entertaining, and slightly shocking, this is the first book from Tod Seelie, a photographer whose images “elevate mere weirdness to a more striking realm of visual intrigue.” —New York Times

TOD SEELIE has taken pictures in more than 25 countries on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and appeared in publications including the New York Times, TIME, Rolling Stone, Spin, Thrasher, Vice, Der Spiegel and Juxtapoz. Seelie displays his work on multiple websites including Sucka Pants, which he has maintained for almost a decade.


Clutter by Troy Lovegates aka Other

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Clutter by Troy Lovegates

Needles & Pens presents,
a solo exhibition by
Troy Lovegates aka Other

Clutter will feature a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, books, wood block carvings, and wall scribbles from a cruddy northern city up in the Canadian tundra known for it’s fat red faced mayor.

Opening reception Friday June 6, 2014 from 7-9:30 pm

*On dispaly June 6 – August 3, 2014.

More info on the artist here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/other/

Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street, SF CA, 94103


Nikki McClure works for sale online

Art Shows


All available works from Nikki McClure’s May The Stars Drip Down are available for sale online.


Nikki McClure returns to N&P

Needles & Pens Gallery


May The Stars Drip Down
new papercuts by
Nikki McClure

Opening Reception,
Friday April 11, 2014, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Featuring original papercuts for the book,
“May the Stars Drip Down” by Jeremy Chatelain of Cub Country, published by Abrams Books
for Young Readers

Musical performance and lullaby by Jeremy Chatelain.

On display through May 31, 2014

Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street, San Francisco, CA. 94103


Russ Pope at N&P

Art Shows


Opening Saturday February 15, 7-9:30 pm
Life Lines,
a solo show and zine release by
Russ Pope
*on display through March 16, 2014

“Russ Pope has been an artist since he was able to hold a pencil. He drew through many days at school when others were doing schoolwork. He drew comic book superheroes at home and invented characters that came to life with the touch of his pencil to paper. Art classes were the best part of high school. As a teen, art and skateboarding first collided when some of his art was used by skateboard companies. During these years, he worked and rode for SmallRoom Skateboards, traveled to skate spots around the US and worked in a skate shop in San Luis Obispo, California.

Since then, skateboarding and art have continued to sustain Russ’s drive to create. During his college years, he ran SMA Skateboards, started Creature Skateboards and took art classes at night. Living in a redwood grove in a house heated only with a homemade wood-burning stove, Russ set up an easel in the kitchen and, in the winter, often had to paint by candle light when the power went out for days at a time.

In 1995, Russ moved back to San Luis Obispo and started Scarecrow Skateboards. The time Russ was able to spend painting was limited by his new business and family. As things settled, his garage was turned into an art studio. The pieces Russ created during these years show transition from a more controlled, symmetrical painting style to a looser style expressing motion and music.

Just as Russ’s commitment to skateboarding has continued for over 25 years, so has his dedication to his art. Russ’s studio is now a different garage in Orange County, California filled with cans of rejected Home Depot paint, bottles of ink, and cans of spray paint. There are canvases and wooden boxes of all sizes. This garage is most alive late at night after his kids are in bed, when he puts on his headset and dances his paintbrush on the canvases. It is common to find him on his knees hunkering over a canvas on the floor while two dry simultaneously on easels and one is precariously balance against a folding chair. Russ seems to work best when he is adding bits and pieces to many canvases simultaneously. The movements of his body and his paintbrush demonstrate how he thrives in the chaos of multiple projects, surrounded by mounds of paint cans creating mazes on the floor.

When one looks at Russ’s art, it is easy to see that his painting is as integral to his life and sanity as food, water, music, skateboarding and family. The rawness of his work can be felt by viewing the large brush strokes, thick lines and colorful backgrounds of many pieces. One senses music and movement through the application of color, image and brush strokes. Elements of culture, politics, animals and celebration pop out of the base of his art. It is easy to feel freedom, chaos and release when one views Russ’s pieces as a body of work, these feelings are fundamental to his life and work. –J. Bostwick

Russ has shown his work both domestically and internationally in: San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Seattle, Utah, Boston, Chicago, New York, Brooklyn, Miami, Austin, Washington DC, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver, Whistler, Hawaii, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, and Japan.”


LA Art Book Fair 2014



Printed Matter’s

January 31 – February 2, 2014
Opening: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6–9 pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Printed Matter, Inc. presents the second annual LA Art Book Fair, from January 31 through February 2, 2014, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 260 presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from 19 countries.

The LA Art Book Fair is the companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair, held every fall in New York City. Over 26,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attended the NY Art Book Fair in 2013.


John Dwyer, Landlord Apocalypse

Art Shows


Landlord Apocalypse
a solo show of large scale pencil drawings by
John Dwyer
Opening reception
Saturday December 7, 2013
with music by Rob Spector (Bronze)
*on display until January 30, 2014


Mick Turner, Sunday

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We’re exited to announce that, this Sunday, November 17, N&P is hosting an in-store performance and week long art exhibition by Dirty Three guitarist MICK TURNER (currently on tour with Bill Callahan)!
The Apparition by Mick Turner


Friday Nov 1st – (Untitled) Formalisms

Art Shows

Needles & Pens proudly announces its final exhibition curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo.

(Untitiled) Formalisms
Opening reception and zine launch
November 1, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
With performance by Benjamin Vilmain at 8:00 p.m.

The exhibition will be on view at Needles & Pens through November 15th and features the work of Andrea Bacigalupo , Andrew Chapman,Clayton Colvin, Lee Hunter & Pachi Giustinian, and Erik Swanson.

Formalism reaches far into the depths of history and art history alike. In painting the qualities are identified as line, value, color, and texture. These elements are compositional ones that the artist may use as a tool to complete a work that is balanced and aesthetically readable. These compositional qualities separate content and technique from the work. The pedagogy of formalism, however, is long ingrained into an artist’s training. These artists based throughout the country in Oakland, New York, Austin, and Birmingham both resist its foundation and utilize its characteristics.

True Formalism is rarely explored in contemporary art to the degree it once was. This exhibition looks to the artists who sit on the edge of a practice surrounding formalist ideas and tendencies. The notions of formalism are taught both classically and contemporaneously and often artists forgo or rebel the theory as it relates to art. This group of artists is reacting to the rules of this model, but is doing so in a way that challenges the end product. Andrea Bacigulupo has embraced the literal form. Using concrete she captures a complicated and intricate surface relying heavily on chance and the knowledge that the outcome will reference certain aspects of landscape composition. Andrew Chapman and Erik Swanson deconstruct the practice of painting in order to allow for a more holistic approach to the medium. Their treatment of the plane harbors enormous depth and control of the abstract visual. Clayton Colvin Through careful study of process and material Lee hunter’s work is based in the roots of formalist design creating sustained small sculptures that speak both to their construction and their visual image. Pachi Giustinian painted the interchangeable pieces allowing the objects to reach autonomy among themselves.



Art Shows


October 12 – 28, 2013
Opening reception and zine launch October 12, 7-9:30pm

Needles & Pens is pleased to present an exhibition of the work and collection of Chicago based artist Rachel E. Foster. Treasury will be on view from October 11 – 28 with an opening reception and zine launch on October 12 from 7-9:30pm.

When Howard Carter first peered into Tutankhamen’s undisturbed tomb he could not imagine the wonders that awaited him. That moment! – the moment of discovery propels everything forward. It is how we advance culturally, scientifically, and personally. It is what motivates artists to search and create and search again. Artists are constantly discovering and collecting information. For Foster, the internet and books act as the greatest repositories for information. She harvests all of her source material from these places. This allows her to have the same experience as Howard Carter – repeated moments of discovery.

Treasury is to be a series of collaborative exhibitions taking place between the artist and an invited curator. The first iteration works with curator, Amanda Roscoe Mayo. Physically, the treasury is a large box and inside the box is a personal, individualized collection. The contents that make up each collection are handmade artworks created by Foster, found objects, antiques, books, as well as instructions for wall drawings. Each box will act as a book; it will have a vague narrative and all objects will convey a similar tone.

Amanda Roscoe Mayo will blindly greet the box at the exhibition space and unveil the treasures inside. The curator has been invited to create the exhibition with no instruction, guidance, or parameters. The artist bows out of any exhibition decisions entrusting the curator entirely. The framework of the show is one of repetition, the artist makes a discovery, the curator unveils that discovery, and finally the viewer is invited to participate in making their own connections between the works and the information presented.

The goal of the show is to create a learning space between artist, curator, and viewer; where all parties get to participate in the artistic process of researching and the act of “taking in”. Treasury aims to blur the lines between original artwork, source material, and the simple presentation of data. The artist and curator hope that all visitors will gain an insight into the act of collecting and creating.


East of Man, Eternally in Kodak

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East of Man, Eternally in Kodak

September 13 – October 4
Opening Reception and Zine Launch September 13, 7-9:30pm

Live music from San Francisco band, Hoxton Mob

East of Man, Eternally in Kodak curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo, features Sandy Carson, Logan Caldbeck, Stephen Billick, Kris Graves, and Eva Devon Soni. These artists hail from all over the United States and offer their diverse perspectives on the complicated history between photography and taxidermy.

North America has a particularly interesting history with taxidermy. Carl Akeley famously took to the jungles and deserts of Africa to bring back examples of species for the Natural History Museum in New York City. He was a true pioneer in taxidermy technique, his animals, once mounted, exhibited a life-like resemblance that was previously unattainable. Akeley was obsessed with representing all aspects of the animals’ habitats. Each diorama housed carefully chosen flora and intricately painted backgrounds mimicking their natural surroundings. Determined to understand the creatures in their environment. Akeley photographed the wildlife and eventually began taking moving film footage once the technology became available through Kodak. This research was then used with the best of intentions to inform Akeley’s dioramas at the Natural History Museum. He was not the only one making these journeys to hunt and “capture” this information, Eastman Kodak himself made many a safari with Theodore Roosevelt and other hunting enthusiasts to attain trophies of animals and images both still and moving.

Artists Sandy Carson (Austin, TX via Scotland) and Logan Caldbeck (Marfa, TX via Vancouver, BC) offer two very different perspectives on how taxidermy has infiltrated contemporary North American society. Kris Graves (New York, NY) has made images of the very dioramas Carl Akeley created so many years ago in the Museum of Natural History in New York. Ethnolinguistic groups of Africa are presented on a map created by Stephen Billick (Salisbury, CT) of JOHN design firm, to be printed in a limited hand-numbered run and sold at a price a worker could afford. Contemporary taxidermy by Eva Devon Soni (San Francisco, CA) tells a different kind of story, one of whimsy and imagination. These various elements offer insight into the history of this widely popular culture and how it is eternally frozen in time in the form of preservation and film.

* On Display Through October 4, 2013



Reading Tonight!



GROW: DIY Business and Sustainability
Join Brooklyn-based author Eleanor Whitney for a talk about turning your creative project into a sustainable business idea. Whitney is the author of “Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quit your job!” and will lead a lively talk focused on building towards success with your independent creative project or business. Whether you are just starting a project or already in business, join us for lessons, new ideas, resources and a chance to network with other local creatives.

Grow is a practical field guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects who want to achieve success and sustainability. Whether their projects are based in independent publishing, music, food, art, craft, activism or community work, Eleanor Whitney enables readers to clarify their project vision, get organized, set goals, create a plan, raise funds for, market, and manage their do-it-yourself project. The book is full of real-life inspiration and creative business advice from successful, independent businesses owners and creative people with projects that began in the do-it-yourself spirit.

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Up Next: Something At Every Moment

Needles & Pens Gallery

We’re tickled pink to introduce you to our new guest curator Amanda Roscoe Mayo, she’s got some rad stuff up her sleeve for the gallery at N&P this fall starting August 16 with Something At Every Moment:


Something At Every Moment
Elizabeth Bernstein, Robin Juan, Gui Komel, James Scheuren

On display August 16 – September 10, 2013
Opening Reception August 16, 7-9:30pm

Something At Every Moment takes the home, or places with personal meaning to others, and investigates the marks left by those who frequent those spaces. Elizabeth Bernstein enters the living spaces of others and photographs isolated belongings, elevating them to monumental status. Robin Juan creates altars of sorts dealing with the personal experience of past, present, and future focusing on the symbolic significance of the number three. Gui Komel presents work charged with personal meaning photographing sites that were significant to the day his father was hunted down in Brazil. He also finds treasures tucked away in places most would find solace, like bookstores and attics. James Scheuren’s beautiful images deal in large part with architectural moments, BMX Cloud Scape (2012)—a wall used during BMX tricks showcases its memory through the mark of the tire left behind. All in all these items and these spaces have significance to those continually spending time there. These artists offer perspective and record, a look into the sacred space of others, highlighting the “something” in every moment.

*curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo


Dave King’s Odd Alcove + The Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol Book

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Coming June 12, 2013,

Dave King‘s Odd Alcove
A Solo Show and book release for
The Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol

Featuring: photographs, graphics (including the CRASS symbol), photo-objects, stencil pieces and wood constructions – hi-art, lo-art and more.
Opening Reception 7:00-9:30 – Friday July 12, 2013

*click here for a preview of the works

Dave King Postcard Front Side

“Dave King was born in London not long after the Second World War, when there was still food and clothing rationing and children played in mysterious and hazardous bomb sites, between rows of bland and un- damaged terraced or semi-detached houses. It was a grey world which didn’t see much colour until the economy finally improved in the Sixties, which were nothing if not colourful. To avoid a job as a bank clerk, King went to Art School (where he met Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher, later of Crass.) For the next ten years he worked as a graphic designer and art director before “retiring” to the communal house that eventually became home to the band. He then moved to New York and fell happily into the Downtown music scene of the late Seventies, joining the band Arsenal. He did illustrations for the Museum of Modern Art and the logo for downtown club Danceteria as well as graphics for many bands. His band then moved to San Francisco in the early Eighties (a very interesting time in the California punk scene), becoming Sleeping Dogs, which appeared (as did Arsenal) on Crass Records. Today Dave King still lives in San Francisco, still designs logos and works on his own graphic, photographic and film projects.”Boing Boing


The Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol

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In 1977, David King designed this logo for his friend’s zine cover and later that same friend’s band in Essex, England. Being released at his solo show at Needles & Pens on July 12 a new title published by @andpenspress explores this iconic symbol – The Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol by David King.
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