Owen Smith, Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco

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Contact: Judy Moran, Public Art Program, (415) 252-2586 or judy.moran@sfgov.org

See characters from Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Maltese Falcon as imagined by artist Owen Smith in kiosk posters on Market Street, and visit San Francisco locales from this classic detective story on an upcoming walking tour led by Don Herron

See characters from Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Maltese Falcon as imagined by artist Owen Smith in kiosk posters on Market Street, and visit San Francisco locales from this classic detective story on an upcoming walking tour led by Don Herron

Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour, led by Don Herron

Date: Saturday, June 28th at 1pm
Place: SE corner of Market and Third Streets
Free of charge and no reservations required.

Artist Owen Smith pays tribute to the classic San Francisco hard-boiled detective novel, Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon, with a series of colorful and expressive characters showcased in posters commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street 2008 Program. The posters will be installed from Monday, June 16th, to Thursday, September 18th, on the pedestrian side of kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero.

As part of the project, on Saturday, June 28th, at 1 PM, Don Herron will lead one of his popular Dashiell Hammett Tours beginning at the southeast corner of Market and Third Streets in downtown San Francisco. The tour is free of charge. In addition to visiting Sam Spade’s and Miles Archer’s office and other San Francisco sites included in The Maltese Falcon, tour participants will see Owen Smith’s posters and hear the artist discuss how Smith selected and developed an image for each of the character’s posters.

Artist Owen Smith is known nationally for his expressive figurative painting style reminiscent of the social realist movement. His rich deeply colorful artwork has been included in many periodicals, including several recent covers of The New Yorker, as well as numerous book covers, such as Maureen Dowd’s Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide. Smith’s artwork has been displayed in the New York subway system, at the San Francisco Opera, and he will have a permanent installation of mosaics and reliefs at the renovated Laguna Honda Hospital. Smith currently teaches at the California College of the Arts.

Don Herron has led the popular Dashiell Hammett Tour in San Francisco since 1977. The thirteenth anniversary edition of his Hammett tour book will be published this fall by Vince Emery Books.

Contact: Judy Moran, 415/252-2586

The Art on Market Street Program brings contemporary art by Bay Area artists to San Francisco’s main thoroughfare.

The San Francisco Arts Commission Art on Market Street Program is funded in part by the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency and CBS Outdoor.

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