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Looking ahead: 2019 art preview

Looking ahead: 2019 art preview

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 8, 2019

Here's a sneak peak of art just around the bend.

Robert Mapplethorpe music

Robert Mapplethorpe music

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 4, 2019

When composer Bryce Dessner was named one of the collaborative partners who will be joining Music Director Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony in 2020, his name rang a bell with Out There.

2018, the year in Bay Area art

2018, the year in Bay Area art

  • by Sura Wood
  • Dec 25, 2018

They say the unexamined life is one not worth living, but we won't allow the same to be said of this past year in art. Herewith, some thoughts on 2018.

Vija Celmins' austerity plan

Vija Celmins' austerity plan

  • by Sura Wood
  • Dec 18, 2018

Vija Celmins is an obsessive, technically astonishing artist, and from all appearances, a very patient one.

Parisian pleasures

Parisian pleasures

  • by Sura Wood
  • Dec 11, 2018

"Brassai," an engrossing new show at SFMOMA, leaves no doubt that this artist, who was also an accomplished sculptor and writer, was a great of 20th-century photography.

Laurie Anderson intensive

Laurie Anderson intensive

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 4, 2018

Performing artist-musician Laurie Anderson was Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center last week, during which she appeared in five consecutive nights of programming.

Spiritual Gauguin

Spiritual Gauguin

  • by Sura Wood
  • Nov 27, 2018

"Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey" opened recently at the de Young Museum.

Resident genius

Resident genius

  • by Sari Staver
  • Nov 20, 2018

Avant-garde artist and pop music icon Laurie Anderson will present five different concerts in San Francisco beginning Nov. 28, as part of her tenure as Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ Center.

In the lap of luxury

In the lap of luxury

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 20, 2018

Our favorite hotel down the Peninsula invited us back for an overnight stay, so we returned to The Clement Palo Alto a few weeks ago. It's a different sort of luxury hotel, as you'll see.

Chinese puzzles

Chinese puzzles

  • by Sura Wood
  • Nov 20, 2018

The bad news first: "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World," the new exhibition at SFMOMA, is a bit of a snooze.

Family jewels

Family jewels

  • by Sura Wood
  • Nov 6, 2018

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.

To this artist, trash is beautiful

To this artist, trash is beautiful

  • by Michael Jortner
  • Oct 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,

Wonderful world of Charles & Ray Eames

Wonderful world of Charles & Ray Eames

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 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.

DC museums entice us

DC museums entice us

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 23, 2018

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