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Family jewels

By Sura Wood

The Legion of Honor's "East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection" is a new exhibition that emphasizes cross-cultural exchange between India and the West.

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By Michael Jortner | October 30, 2018

When you take in watercolorist Timothy Wells' new solo show "SF Made in China" at the Jack Fischer Gallery in Potrero Flats and feel the urge to remove his paintings from the wall only to toss them into your recycling bin,

By Sura Wood | October 23, 2018

a comprehensive, wide-ranging touring exhibition at OMCA surveys the careers and multidimensional practice of the influential, Southern California-based, husband-and-wife design team Charles & Ray Eames.


By Roberto Friedman | October 23, 2018

As the swallows return to Capistrano, every fall Out There returns to the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, site of our misspent youth.

By Sura Wood | October 17, 2018

"Contact Warhol: Photography Without End," a new exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center showcasing the museum's 2014 acquisition of the world's largest archive of photographic images from the Warhol Foundation, includes selections from 3,600 contact sheets.


By Roberto Friedman | October 17, 2018

When Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird in Greta Gerwig's film of that name calls her hometown Sacramento "the Midwest of California," it's a good line but maybe a little bit unfair to our state capital.

By Sura Wood | October 3, 2018

A pair of small-scale shows at SFMOMA provides a double dip of Wayne Thiebaud, a painter affectionately known as the king of cakes and pies for his depictions of delectable confectionary treats.


By Sura Wood | September 26, 2018

Did you know that, since the 1950s, affluent Muslim women have patronized Parisian couturiers who've modified their designs to accommodate upscale clients' regional and religious sensitivities?

By Roberto Friedman | September 26, 2018

Sometimes a novel feels so true to your lived experience it feels pulled from your own life. That was our sensation reading "That Was Something," a new novel by Dan Callahan (Squares & Rebels).


By Sura Wood | September 19, 2018

"You are what you wear" might be a colloquial, less scholarly way to frame the premise of "Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress," a new touring show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

By Sura Wood | September 12, 2018

"Painting is My Everything," an entrancing new fall exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, is an unmitigated delight. Though not large in scale, the show, featuring 30 modern ink-and-color works on paper, is big and zestful in spirit.


By Sura Wood | September 7, 2018

Since the gallery scene began to decentralize in the city, there has been a proliferation of new venues in addition to a plenitude of established ones. Below, find a microcosm of what's in store this fall.

By Sura Wood | August 29, 2018

Fall arrives with a bounty of museum exhibitions.


By Reports from the front lines | August 22, 2018

It's a particularly disillusioning time to take America's temperature, an assumption borne out by "This Land," the latest photography exhibition at Pier 24.

By Sura Wood | August 15, 2018

We're swinging into the final round of summer, which means it's time for the California Academy of Sciences' annual "BigPicture" show, where a cavalcade of eye-popping color photographs is now on view.


By Roberto Friedman | August 8, 2018

The atmosphere over the Sierra Nevada was brown and smoky last month, a result of the many horrific wildfires raging all over the region. It felt apocalyptic and thus very much of the historical moment.

By Sura Wood | August 8, 2018

Any show that has the balls to call itself "Lew the Jew" has a leg up on the competition in my book.


By Sura Wood | August 1, 2018

It's remarkable but not altogether surprising that over 3,000 people attended the opening of "The World of Frida," an expansive new exhibition now at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek.

By Sari Staver | July 26, 2018

"Pop Trash: The Amazing Art of Jason Mecier," a coffee-table book with full-page pictures of meticulously crafted celebrity portraits, rolled off the presses this month.


By Sura Wood | July 18, 2018

Peter Hujar, now considered one of the greatest American photographers of the late 20th century, was living in poverty at the time of his death in 1987 from complications of AIDS.

By Sura Wood | July 11, 2018

The 1886 Edwardian-style Italianate home at 500 Capp Street in the Mission District, where the late San Francisco conceptual artist David Ireland lived for three decades until several years before his death in 2009, is possibly his greatest achievement.


By Sura Wood | July 4, 2018

Though the cumulative effect of the Legion of Honor's "Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters" can be overwhelming, seeing its assembled paintings at close range is a natural high.

By Sura Wood | June 6, 2018

June is the official start of the summer gallery season. Here are a few outstanding choices to check out this month.


By Sari Staver | May 23, 2018

The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) will present more than 40 different dance, cirque, musical, comedy, theatre, and performance art pieces in its upcoming festival at Fort Mason Center, May 24-June 3.

By Sura Wood | May 23, 2018

Wonderful and amazing is the way to describe "Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season," a fab new show at SFMOMA that kicks off the summer art season with panache.


By Roberto Friedman | May 23, 2018

Ask anyone who has ever tried improvisational theatre: a cardinal rule is always to say "yes" to whatever your improv partner has come up with during a scene.

By Sura Wood | May 16, 2018

"Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda" is a new show at the de Young Museum.


By Sura Wood | May 9, 2018

Packing a helluva title, the Asian Art Museum's "A Guided Tour of Hell" proves that good and sometimes wicked cosmic things come in small packages.

By Sura Wood | May 8, 2018

Julian Schnabel brought his celebrity, a sextet of specially created, jumbo-sized artworks, and a titanic ego to the Legion of Honor's courtyard last week.


By Sura Wood | April 25, 2018

SFMOMA's "The Train: RFK's Last Journey," a slim but thought-provoking exhibition, assembles the work of three artists from different eras and parts of the world.

By Sura Wood | April 18, 2018

Since first seeing "Maggie Smoking," a frank, implicitly carnal picture shot in 1970 by Berkeley-based photographer Judy Dater, it has been impossible to get it out of mind.


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