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Cover | Mark Kostabi

Eternal Return (oil on canvas, © Mark Kostabi, courtesy of Martin Lawrence Galleries). Artist and composer Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants. Raised in Whittier, California, he studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. A leading figure of the East Village art scene in the ’80s, Kostabi is known both as a painter of dark social truths and a media prankster whose signature themes address the interplay between media and reality. In 1988, he founded Kostabi World, a large New York studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants and idea people. Kostabi’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Groninger Museum in Holland. Today, Kostabi divides his time between New York and Rome. His work is available through Martin Lawrence Galleries (, which has two San Francisco locations at 747 Beach St., (415) 229-2784, and 366 Geary St., (415) 956-0345. Founded in 1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries specializes in original paintings, sculptures, and limited edition graphics. The gallery is distinguished by works of art by Picasso, Chagall, Rembrandt, Warhol, Haring, Kostabi, Erté, Liudmila Kondakova, Kerry Hallam, Philippe Bertho, Robert Deyber, René Lalonde, Felix Mas, and many others.

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January 2011 Issue:
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|  Bohemian Stories
Artists, musicians, and poets have a long history of scraping by with style. But you don’t have to be an artist to march to your own drummer, value personal freedom more than possessions—or find yourself needing to downsize. A handful of East Bay creative types reveal their intriguing strategies for living low on the hog. 
By Amy Moon.

UP FRONT |  A Rose Grows in Richmond
Recently, the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission sponsored a student writing contest based on stunning photos from an exhibition titled Blossoms and Thorns: The Legacy of Richmond’s Japanese American Nurseries. Like the images that inspired them, the resulting haiku are elegant, eloquent, and bittersweet.
By Sam Hurwitt.

SHOPPING AROUND |  Beyond Madame Zora
During times of widespread crisis (the Civil War, the Great Depression, and, yes, our current economic recession), psychics do a booming business. A passel of local intuitives weigh in on their skills and successes—as well as their hourly rates.
 By Julia Park Tracey.

ON LOCATION |  David Zuckermann
Berkeley naturalist David Zuckermann tells us about trails at Tilden, the sex life of the California Newt, and where in the concrete jungle a guy can get a bite to eat.   By Ronny Smith.

The Kilduff File |  Martin Ford
Will robots take over our jobs? Will the government pay us anyway? Will pigs fly out of our posteriors? Martin Ford, economic prophet of Silicon Valley, spins a fascinating vision of the future. 
By Paul Kilduff.

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Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate


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