Sculpture: Up with Funk

The San Francisco Bay Area, home of the topless café, nitty-gritty sound and the Haight-Ashbury hippie heaven, has now produced its own sculpture.

Its name: funk art, which is defined by Berkeley's University Art Museum Director Peter Selz as being "hot rather than cool, committed rather than disengaged, bizarre rather than formal, sensuous and frequently quite ugly." The spirit behind it? "A go-to-hell attitude," says Selz, that typifies Bay Area artists because they have been "so totally rejected, or at least ignored."

But no longer. Last week a show of funk art at the Berkeley museum drew thousands of the curious,...

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