Spring 2011 – Upcoming Events

26 Mar




Cross-Fire · © Winston Smith 2011

The exhibition, presented by North Beach Citizens’ Creative Events Committee, is currenlty on display at Gallery 28, located in the heart of North Beach. The proceeds from this exhibition benefit North Beach Citizens, a non-profit organization that utilizes the talents of the North Beach Community to innovatively address the needs of its homeless and low-income citizens in an atmosphere of trust, integrity, and respect.

Artists were asked to use a 12″ vinyl record as their canvas for artistic expression.

50%-100% of each sale benefits North Beach Citizens. Last year’s exhibition raised nearly $6000.

Featured artists include: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Winston Smith, Genea Barnes, Jack Hirschman, Amanda Lynn, Blakely and Momo.



6pm – 9pm  ·  Free

Gallery 28

1228 Grant Avenue, San Francisco CA 94133

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Free University of San Francisco The Free University of San Francisco aims to make the highest level of education available, completely free, to any individual who wants it, regardless of color, creed, age, gender, nationality, religion or immigration status-a university free of money, taught for free. The only requirement for membership is a desire to teach and/or a desire to learn. 

Professor Smith will be showing slides of his work, conversing with Chuck Sperry, and inviting  questions from all who dare raise a hand.

Winston Smith, Free University Art School Event

Sunday, March 27, 2011 – 2PM to 4PM


998 Valencia Street (at 21st Street), San Francisco, CA

FREE  ·  No sign-up, just show up!

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ART ALMIGHTY / LAST GASP – 111 Minna Gallery


A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread and Mao · © Winston Smith 2011

Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world, celebrating its 41st year in business.

Over the years they have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including such luminaries as R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, and Robert Williams to name but a few.

As well as publishing, Last Gasp is a distributor of all sorts of weird ‘n’ wonderful subversive literature, graphic novels, tattoo and art books – supplying them to bookstores on six continents.

Last Gasp was founded in 1970 by Ron Turner. Last Gasp’s first publication, Slow Death Funnies #1 came out on the first Earth Day, April 15, 1970. Subsequent comics included the all-women’s comic It Ain’t Me Babe, and Skull Comics.

Ron Turner’s enthusiasm for underground comics, and in particular their autobiographical aspect, has been the driving force behind many groundbreaking publications.  Last Gasp published Justin Green’s highly acclaimed confessional Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary in 1972, a book that became an inspiration to many artists now working in the autobiographical style. “Art Spiegelman, who won the only Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, has said he would never have started to do the autobiographical story of his family (in the graphic novel Maus) unless Justin had done it first. And Robert Crumb said the same thing,” said Turner.



Friday April 1st  ·  5pm ’til Late · 21+  ·  Free

A group exhibition presented by LAST GASP
111 Minna Street,  San Francisco, CA  94105

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Tokyo Pop!!

27 Feb

Friday, February 18th 2011

Fivepoints Arthouse

Bridging the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Japan..

Photo: ©Nobuyuki mizutani-水谷伸之 2011.

The Tokyo Pop!! show, featuring Kosuke Kawamura (Tokyo), Winston Smith (San Francisco) and Kyotaro (Tokyo), was phenomenal — and everyone had a blast.  The gallery was packed, despite the rain and stiff Friday night competition.


This was Kosuke Kawamura’s debut U.S. exhibition and Kyotaro’s debut in San Francisco.  Winston displayed several masterpieces fresh from his studio, and a few classics, too.  There were even a couple collaborative pieces by Winston and Kosuke.

Thee Swank Bastards proved a perfect paring for the art, and rocked the boards right out of the floor with a screaming couple of sets, while Szandora dazzled all with her hula hoop show.

Check out our Tokyo Pop!! Blog Page for Photos, Artist Biographies and More…

This exhibition will be up through Thursday, March 3rd

KYOTARO • The Day of the Reunion, 2004

Fivepoints Arthouse..

is an artist-run alternative space that seeks to challenge traditional notions of the creative space.


72 Tehama,  San Francisco, CA (One Block South of Howard at 2nd)
Map to Fivepoints Arthouse

Photo: ©Nobuyuki mizutani-水谷伸之 2011.

Gallery Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 10am – 11pm
Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Or by appointment:
(415) 989-1166


Go to Tokyo Pop Blog Page

Tokyo Pop!! presents

30 Jan

Tokyo artist, Kosuke Kawamura

in Collaboration with Winston Smith

Also Featuring Guest Artist:  Kyotaro


Fivepoints Arthouse, San Francisco

Tokyo Pop!! presents Tokyo artist, Kosuke Kawamura, whose style of artwork is both shocking and enchanting.  Kosuke’s work embraces the traditional collage imagery found in iconography of the late, great 20th century, and far-eclipses that method, with a singularly unique point of view that simultaneously startles and charms.

This show at Fivepoints Arthouse will be his first American exhibition. Also included in this show will be new collaborative works with San Francisco collage artist Winston Smith; and featuring Special Guest Artist:  Kyotaro.

Come meet the artists on the 18th and enjoy Kosuke’s unique vision.

Opening Reception

Friday, February 18th •  7pm

Fivepoints Arthouse
72 Tehama (One Block South of Howard off 2nd Street)
San Francisco, CA

Artists Attending: Kosuke Kawamura, Winston Smith, Kyotaro

Artist Biography

Born in Hiroshima in 1979, Kosuke currently lives in Tokyo and works as both graphic designer and as a special effects designer. He is a One Plus collage artist and has shown at Takashi Nemoto’s exhibition, “Takashi Nemoto and others’ Pick! Cheerful Everyday”.  He is the art director for E Magazine, and has collaborated on T-shirts for the apparel brand, VANDALIZE, as well as some graphic work for NADA. He has published numerous book designs and other materials for such designers as : Takashi Nemoto, Masaya Hara, Naohiro  Jibiki. Together with Mr. Nemoto, he produces the test-art comic, “Soleil Discipline,” which is currently being published in the quarterly magazine “TRASH-UP!”

Often taking on projects that deeply evolve around concepts, he has collaborated with Winston Smith and KING JOE to participate in both solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries.

About the Gallery

Fivepoints Arthouse is an artist-run alternative space in San Francisco, seeking to challenge traditional notions of what the creative space can be. By exhibiting significant, engaging and challenging works of art, as well as conceptualizing and creating forward thinking design solutions, Fivepoints operates as a unique resource for creative impulses.

Fivepoints Arthouse claims an active role in shaping the future of the Transbay District and SOMA as well as all of San Francisco by promoting visibility, accessibility and by offering a true alternative model for interactions between the community and the creator.

For more information and samples of works in the exhibition contact:

Jason Bryan jason@fivepointsarthouse.com

“33 Idols” Exhibition, Tokyo

7 Nov


Sponsored by Erect Magazine, and launching the magazine’s premier issue, Winston’s exhibition at Minato-ku Tokyo’s Super Deluxe proved a perfect Halloween haunt.

“33 Idols” featured three expertly installed and lighted crosses made up of 33 A4-sized original works depicting alternate versions of Smith’s infamous “Cross of Dollars.”  Each piece was created by Smith specifically for this show and will remain in Tokyo.

Kosuke Kawamura, creator and organizer of this event, is planning another exhibition in Osaka this November entitled “22 Idols” – a collaborative presentation featuring his work and that of Winston Smith’s.  Though entirely different compositions from the Super DeLuxe event, Smith’s work will compose half of the “idol” images in the Osaka show.

Kosuke’s work will feature variations of the cross of dollars and other masterful manipulations of the worlds most precious icons.

See our blog page for more info and photos…

33 Idols – Tokyo, Japan

18 Oct

Winston Smith is busily preparing for his debut solo exhibition at Super Deluxe in Tokyo!

The show is called, “33 Idols,” and will feature his signature piece, “Idol” originally made in 1978 and used later on the album by Dead Kennedys entitled, “In God We Trust, Inc.

Stay tuned for more information.

Deep Dimension

8 Sep

Robert Berman/E6 Gallery Presents

Deep Dimension

A Retrospective Exhibition of Select Works by Punk Surrealist Winston Smith

September 15th– October 16th, 2010

Closing Party: Saturday, October 16th,  from 6:00pm- 8:00pm

1632 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

(Near Franklin – Across Market from Flax)

Click Here for Map

Tel: 415.558.9975
Email: E6Gallery@anet.net

Robert Berman / E6 gallery is pleased to exhibit select retrospective works by montage artist Winston Smith, who has created some of Punk Rock’s most lasting and iconic symbols.  This is Smith’s first major solo show at a commercial gallery in San Francisco since the turn of the century…

Go to Robert Berman page.

Office Space for Rent

17 Jul


We are looking for an artist-type to rent a little office space in the heart of North Beach.  The office is in Winston’s new studio/gallery on Bannam Alley btw. Stockton/Grant and Union/Green.

This location would be an excellent meeting place for those wishing to entertain clients in the most  appealing and genial neighborhood of San Francisco where the best bars, cafés and restaurants are centrally located.

• Apprx. 140 Sq. Feet  (grand piano shaped)

• Cool, subterranean funky brick interior

• Locked office inside Winston’s studio/gallery space

• Plenty of Outlets–Bathroom Facilities

• Month to Month Sublet – No Lease

• Potential to show work in gallery

• Centrally located in North Beach two blocks from Washington Sq. Park

• Dozens of Cafés, Bars and Restaurants nearby

• Excellent and safe neighborhood to meet clients

• $550/mo. plus utilities

We are offering this first to our circle of friends who are artists and business people as well as interested parties subscribing to our blog—-and then it will go out as a general announcement on Craig’s List and other services.

This would be an ideal situation for artists, production people or businesses from out of town (New York visitors, LA, etc.) who find themselves needing a centrally located office for clients or business operations on a temporary basis when they are needing to be in the Bay Area once or twice a month.

Email us at info@winstonsmith.com if you are interested.