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WRITINGS by Matt Gonzalez

ART REVIEWS & writings

Recollections in Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown by Scott A. Shields (London: Scala Arts Publishers Inc., 2023).

Review: Terry Powers Gives a Proof of Life, Juxtapoz Magazine, April 18, 2023.

Object Lessons: A Review of Tamsin Spencer Smith @ Upper Market Gallery, San Francisco, Juxtapoz Magazine, March 22, 2023.

Review: The Comfortable Darkness of Felix Macnee, Juxtapoz Magazine, March 8, 2023.

Review: Lyfe In a Strange Land, Juxtapoz Magazine, February 28, 2023.

Donald Bradford’s Lazarus Paintings, Juxtapoz Magazine, November 10, 2022.

Bill Scott and the Making of Lyrical Paintings, in I Stood There Once: New Paintings by Bill Scott (New York: Hollis Taggart, 2022).

Afterword, in Andrew Schoultz, Decade: 2011-2021 (Berkeley: Paragon Books, 2022).

Presence of the Past: David Ligare’s Purposeful Representation, Juxtapoz Magazine, January 4, 2022.

Hollis Heichemer: The Beauty of a Context, Revealed, Juxtapoz Magazine, October 6, 2021.

Never Lost: Reflections on the Art of Found Photography, in The Profound M by Tamsin Spencer Smith (San Francisco: FMSBW, 2021).

Ann Gale: Painter of Accrued Intimacy, Juxtapoz Magazine, April 14, 2021.

Guy Diehl, Forging an Art Life (Part Two), Medium, February 22, 2021.

Interior Space In Motion, Laina Terpstra at Maybaum Gallery, Juxtapoz Magazine, January 11, 2021.

Guy Diehl, Forging an Art Life (Part One), Medium, December 13, 2020.

Guy Diehl: Realist with a Minimalist Aesthetic (a review), Juxtapoz Magazine, November 27, 2020.

Edwige Fouvry and the Order of Things, Juxtapoz Magazine, June 24, 2020.

Chelsea Wong, Painter of Optimism & Virtue, Juxtapoz Magazine, June 22, 2020.

Two Hands, One Brush: Tamsin Smith & Emilio Villalba Collaborate @ Adobe Books Gallery, Juxtapoz Magazine, December 20, 2019.

The New Optical Art: Rebecca Kaufman at Artists’ Television Access, Juxtapoz Magazine, August 29, 2019.

Back to Back: Maryam Yousif & Nick Makanna @ Guerrero Gallery (written with Tamsin Smith), Juxtapoz Magazine, August 14, 2019.

Gina M. Contreras’s self portraits left bare, San Francisco Examiner, August 9, 2019.

Don’t whitewash history, San Francisco Examiner, June 24, 2019.

Mel Hanson & The Firehaus Group, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, May 29, 2019.

Martin Machado’s Odyssey (written with Tamsin Smith), Juxtapoz Magazine, March 19, 2019.

Emily Fromm: Painting Sonder (A Review), Juxtapoz Magazine, February 21, 2019.

Symbols of Death, Signs of Life: A Review of New Works by Emilio Villalba, Juxtapoz Magazine, November 26, 2018.

Hilary Pecis’ Familiar View in San Francisco (written with Tamsin Smith), Juxtapoz Magazine, October 25, 2018.

Kevin Earl Taylor’s New Exhibition Apex Opens in Berlin (written with Tamsin Smith), Juxtapoz Magazine, August 17, 2018.

Albert Herter @ Koenig & Clinton, As It Ought To Be, August 31, 2017.

Adam Feibelman: Layering of Self & Other (written with Tamsin Smith), Squarecylinder, April 24, 2017.

Paul Wonner and the “Femme au Coq” paintings of the 1950s, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, November 5, 2016.

Farewell for Now: Spencer Keeton Cunningham Departs San Francisco, As It Ought To Be, November 4, 2016.

Zio Ziegler: (self) Portrait of the Artist (written with Tamsin Smith), Zio Ziegler, Bernard Gwilliam & The Quantum Modernism (SF: Jules Maeght Gallery, 2016).

Andrew Schoultz: Writing His Own Language, Andrew Schoultz: Age of Empire (NYC: Joshua Liner Gallery, 2016).

Dave Eggers: Tag, You’re It (written with Tamsin Smith), Juxtapoz Magazine, May 2, 2016.

Barry McGee, Always Down for Whatever, Juxtapoz Magazine, December 17, 2015.

Sherie’ Franssen: The Gorgeous Nothings, San Francisco Arts Quarterly / SFAQ Online, January 21, 2015.

Terry St. John, “New Work”, at Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, San Francisco Arts Quarterly / SFAQ Online, August 9, 2014.

Graphite & Gold: The Art of Gianluca Franzese, Juxtapoz Magazine, September 2013.

Eva Hesse and the Color Collage from 1959, As It Ought To Be, March 21, 2013.

War & Clay: Christa Assad @Friesen Abmeyer, Ceramics: Art & Perception, March 2013.

Andrew Schoultz @Mark Moore Gallery, BLISSS Magazine, January 22, 2013.

The Hinge of Reality: The Art of Guy Colwell, Juxtapoz Magazine, September 2012.

Andrew Schoultz and Paul Klee at SFMOMA, As It Ought To Be, January 8, 2012.

Gustavo Ramos Rivera at Elins/Eagles-SmithAs It Ought To Be, December 21, 2011.

Goodbye Kurt Schwitters, As It Ought To Be, November 27, 2011.

A Friendship with Theophilus BrownThe New Fillmore, September 2011.

Keegan McHargue, The Peripatetic Artist Returns to S.F., Keegan McHargue: Natural (San Francisco: Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern, 2011).

Foreword: Tom SchultzThe Paintings of Tom Schultz: Structure, Gesture, and Something Else (San Francisco: Michael Rauner Photography, 2010).

The Painter On the Road to Tarascon (on Vincent Van Gogh’s painting), As It Ought To Be, August 5, 2009.

Accidental, with purposeSan Francisco Bay Guardian, May 27, 2009.

Harry Bowden’s Accordion Player, Plastic Antinomy, Spring 2008.

Felix Macnee, San Francisco Frontlines, October 2005.

ON POETS & Writers

Remarks at the Jack Hirschman Memorial, Washington Sq. Park, San Francisco, October 2, 2021.

Finding Olive Moore, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, September 12, 2018.

Howl!Mesh Magazine #11, September/October 2005.

A Slap In the Face! A book review, San Francisco Call, May 24, 2002.

Chorosho! An Auto/Biographical Sketch of Jack Hirschman (written with Jack Hirschman), San Francisco Call, May 24, 2002.

Jack Hirschman, A BibliographySan Francisco Call, May 24, 2002.

ForewordFlares: Poems, Songs, Prose (SF: Irresistible/Revolutionary, 2001) by Don Paul.

Jack Black Rides the Rails Again. A book reviewThe Recorder, August 23, 2000.

The Elusive Jack MichelineRagged Lion: A Tribute to Jack Micheline (Ellenburg, WA: Vagabond Press/The Smith, 1999), ed. John Bennett.

Jack Micheline, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999), ed. Alan Kaufman.


An Open Letter to the Biden Administration: It’s time to drop charges against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, Medium, September 12, 2021.

What Everybody Missed About the Legal Case that Helped Elect a President, Medium, December 29, 2019.

The Garcia Zarate Verdict, 12 Reasons Why We Won, The Trial Lawyer, Winter 2019.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Did Not Receive a Fair Trial: 10 Examples, Medium, July 2, 2018.

Various televised interviews and statements from the Garcia Zarate trial, October 23, 2017 & November 1, 2017.

No Sanctuary for Law-Breaking Feds,, August 1, 2017.

Federal agent’s loaded gun, left unsecured in a car, killed Kate Steinle, 48 hills, July 21, 2017.

A ‘dangerous felon’ who was never convicted of a violent crime, 48 hills, July 18, 2017.

A gun’s history of accidental discharges, San Francisco Examiner, July 11, 2017.

Proposed Kate’s Law would not have saved Kate Steinle, San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2017.

BARACK OBAMA & the 2008 Campaign

The Trail of Broken Promises,, October 29, 2008.

What’s good for the goose is good for the ganderSan Francisco Chronicle, March 12, 2008.

The Obama Craze: Count Me, February 27, 2008.

LEGAL writings

Eulogy for Jeff Adachi (1959-2019), The Matt Gonzalez Reader, March 4, 2019.

Nothing Is Illegal Forever, Illegal (San Francisco: Luggage Store Gallery, 2018).

The Thin Black Line, Medium, May 11, 2018.

Build the Wall, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, November 7, 2016.

A Modest Proposal to Contain Eminent DomainThe Argonaut, July 3, 2009.

A Black Bart Lesson for Transbay Authority (written with Warren Hinckle & Jello Biafra), San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2009.

The Right to Speak Anonymously is a Cornerstone of our Democracy (written with G. Whitney Leigh), Davis Enterprise, May 14, 2006.

Sparing the Crips Founder (on Stanley “Tookie” Williams & the Death Penalty), Mesh #12, November/December 2005.

Where is the Body? Understanding the corpus delicti ruleMesh Magazine #10, July/August 2005.

Free Santos Reyes!San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 14, 2005.

Who has a dark wallet? (on the Amadou Diallo verdict), San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 8, 2000.

The Demise of Due Process: Murray Against GiarratanoStanford Humanities Review (Fall/Winter 1990).


Why Mano Raju deserves to be re-elected San Francisco Public Defender, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, October 7, 2022.

Why I Support the San Francisco School Board Recall, Medium, January 31, 2022.

A Measure Right and Necessary, Medium, August 29, 2021.

Los Angeles, Hear This! George Gascon for District Attorney, Medium, October 13, 2020.

Who’s Afraid of Chesa Boudin, Medium, November 1, 2019.

San Francisco Mayoral Race Vote Totals Since 1939, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, June 14, 2018.

Bernie or Bust, The Matt Gonzalez Reader, November 7, 2016.

Prop. N: Allows noncitizens to vote for school board, San Francisco Chronicle, October 7, 2016.

A Call to Action In Support of Two Independent Candidates, (written with Jill Stein), an open letter, October 22, 2013.

Restore Hetch Hetchy Valley, Vote Yes! on F, As It Ought To Be, November 4, 2012.

RCV is Good for Progressives (written with Steven Hill), San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 16, 2012.

Like 1, 2, 3: Ranked-choice voting here to staySan Francisco Chronicle, November 6, 2011.

Compare & Decide (made with Isiah Flores), Youtube, October 31, 2011.

David Waggoner: A Community Watchdog for Police Commission (written with Harry Britt & Aaron Peskin), San Francisco Bay Guardian, June 1, 2011.

Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Fog City Journal, October 12, 2010.

Why Bother Bidding?, July 27, 2010.

Remembering Peter Camejo 1939-2008, As It Ought To Be, September 14, 2009.

Defending the Public Defender (written with G. Whitney Leigh), Fog City Journal, July 8, 2009.

Stop romanticizing broken taxi-medallion systemSan Francisco Examiner, June 10, 2009.

The Making of a Debit Card, February 14, 2007.

Invoking the “will of the voters” – but only if, May 19, 2006.

Instant Runoff Voting – On the Move?North Bay Progressive Journal, November 2005.

Debunking Ackerman’s Numbers, San Francisco Frontlines, October 2005.

A new era in San Francisco politics?, San Francisco Bay View Newspaper, June 29, 2005.

Existential Warfare: Overwhelming our opponents by killing ourselves (on Depleted Uranium), Mesh Magazine #9, May/June 2005.

Remembering Marla Ruzicka, April 19, 2005.

Stealing Bases: Is baseball fair with steroids?Golden Gate [X]press, March 3, 2005.

Green & red apples: The 2,392 disappeared homeless in San Francisco, San Francisco Bay View, February 23, 2005.

Boxer’s Rebellion: Understanding Self-Preservation PoliticsMesh Magazine #8, February/March 2005.

Ignoring Tired Pleas, Mesh Magazine #7, December/January 2005.

Giving noncitizens access to the voting boothSan Francisco Chronicle, July 20, 2004.

Why Vote for Ralph Nader?, San Francisco Examiner, July 15, 2004.

Are you ready for Bechtel Park? How about Halliburton Stadium, or Monsanto Field?Mesh Magazine #5, June/July 2004.

The American City: A Tool for Progressive Change in the 21st CenturyBerkeley La Raza Law Journal, Vol 16, Number 2 (2005).

Reining in the chains, Mesh Magazine #4, April/May 2004.

Until When?, Mesh Magazine #3, February/March 2004.

Concession Speech — San Francisco Mayor’s Race, December 9, 2003San Francisco Call, May 10, 2005.

In Another Era: The Socialist Circle of Eugene DebsMesh Magazine #6, September/October 2004.

Why Vote? (paid advertisement, written with Randall Knox), San Francisco Bay View, October 29, 2003.

Reclaiming Cinco de MayoSan Francisco Chronicle, May 5, 2003.

Escaping the ice ageSan Francisco Bay Guardian, June 19, 2002.

My Green Manifesto, Comet Magazine, Vol. 4 No. 1, The Tenacity Issue, 2003.

Why I turned GreenSan Francisco Bay Guardian, November 15, 2000.


Crushing the Non-State! Matt Gonzalez Questions Barry McGee, As It Ought To Be, September 6, 2012.

28 years later (on Stanley Nelson’s documentary on Jonestown), San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 4, 2006.

Their Rubber Hammer Strikes the Sea (Felix Macnee interviewed by Matt Gonzalez), San Francisco Call, December 17, 2001.


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