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Berkeley Arts Festival Painting Show

When: Aug. 1-15 2011

Along with its extensive concert schedule, the Berkeley Arts Festival features paintings by four well-known figurative artists. Robert Brokl’s portraits of real people (“Joan Brownâ€�) and types (“The Modelâ€�) and Lisa Esherick’s depictions of bustling gambling joints and airport terminals or quiet San Francisco streets are lyrical, unsentimental depictions of contemporary reality â€â€� and surprisingly monumental. M. Louise Stanley gently parodies art practice: The heroine in “Anatomy Lessonâ€� dances with an écorché, a flayed man (muscles marked with italic letters named in a painted scroll), while a skeleton cuts in and students look on. In “Jupiter and Io,â€� the god in cloud form seduces a nymph with curlers in her hair. Livia Stein mixes reality and fantasy in her dreamlike works (“Flying Cakes,â€� “Candelabraâ€�), her painterly improvisations occasionally verging on abstraction (“Red Buildingâ€�). Berkeley Arts Festival Painting Show runs through Aug. 15 at the Acheson Building (2133 University Ave., Berkeley).

DeWitt Cheng

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