Interview with Debbie Millman on her excellent Design Matters podcast:
On this episode Debbie talks to artist Tucker Nichols about his art, and the quality of the art he loves. “What I care about is that there was something that was driving them, that they couldn’t have not done this if they wanted to. It had to happen.”

After being out of print for several months, Crabtree is back in bookstores everywhere. Foreign editions in French, Italian, German and Polish are all underway or available in respective territories, too.

New WHAT NOT TO TALK ABOUT napkins to help with your upcoming holiday meals. Learn more and order at The Thing Quarterly.

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New Book

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, By Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols
Published by McSweeney's, available now
More info here

Drawing for the New York Times opinion page to go with an essay paying homage to great teachers while dismissing the notion of a unified theory of everything.

Upcoming Talk

Visiting Artist Lecture: Tucker Nichols at Oxbow School

Tuesday, March 10, 7 – 8:30 PM
The Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA
www.oxbowschool.com

Hospital Commission

UCSF Mission Bay Hospital, San Francisco

Permanent commissions by:
RUTH ASAWA
UTA BARTH
SPENCER FINCH
JIM GOLDBERG
CHRIS JOHANSON
BARRY MCGEE
DAVE MULLER
TUCKER NICHOLS
WILL ROGAN
CLARE ROJAS
JESSICA STOCKHOLDER

TUCKER NICHOLS, 40 FLOWERS
Framed works installed throughout the waiting area of the Children's Infusion Center

"Whether you are a child, parent, friend or nurse, the Infusion Center can be a place of tremendous anxiety and disconnection from your normal life. We need modern hospitals, but the institutional setting can be deeply disorienting. Living with Crohn’s disease, I've spent many hours over many years at an infusion center just like this one. I’ve seen decidedly human interactions among families, nurses and doctors--heartbreaking, inspiring, awful and even delightful. With 40 Flowers, I'm trying to bring some of the human side of the experience into the space through images of arranged flowers, something people have been using to communicate unspeakable emotions for centuries. Flowers are a terrible stand-in for any specific message, but they do the job of saying the one thing that seems to matter most: You’re not alone. I’m here too."   -- Tucker Nichols

Fog Fair

FOG ART FAIR
Ft. Mason, San Francisco
Thurs, Jan 15 - Sun, Jan 18

Zieher Smith & Horton presents:
TUCKER NICHOLS
RACHEL OWENS
LAUREN SILVA
PAUL ANTHONY SMITH

New Show at Gallery 16 Opens Soon

TUCKER NICHOLS: NEW PAINTINGS

Gallery 16, San Francisco

January 23 - March 6, 2015

 

Reception:

Friday, January 23, 6-9PM

www.gallery16.com

 

Gallery 16 is pleased to present a show of new paintings by Bay Area artist Tucker Nichols, his fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is made up of more than 30 paintings and framed drawings, mostly of vases with flowers, a long-favored subject for the artist. “Flowers are a near perfect subject for a painting,” Nichols says. “They offer a bit of content but they can really look like anything. They’ve also been used as a stand in for inexpressible ideas since humans first started talking.” The new paintings explore more abstracted forms as well, in some cases resembling smokestacks or disheveled cakes.

Earlier this year, Nichols began making small flower paintings on paper to send by mail to sick friends. These evolved into a permanent commission of 40 framed works at the new UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay opening in February. This fall he began making the larger paintings for this exhibition “for people too busy to take care of real plants.”  

Unlike previous installations in which Nichols combined many works into larger pieces, this show is composed exclusively of stand-alone paintings and drawings. “I like playing with context and location in installations, but it’s good to make things that can live on their own too,” Nichols says. “These paintings don’t need anything, not even water.” 

After several years in the Marin Headlands, Nichols recently moved his studio to a former campaign headquarters above a tuxedo rental shop in downtown San Rafael. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times.

For more information, contact the gallery at hadley@gallery16.com or call (415) 626-7495.

 

New Screenprint

new screen print made at facebook HQ--the weirdest art studio on the west coast