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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.

Andy Warhol seen in a different light

Andy Warhol seen in a different light

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 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.

Our Sacramento

Our Sacramento

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 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.

Double the pleasure, double the fun

Double the pleasure, double the fun

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 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.

Modesty requirements

Modesty requirements

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 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?

Out of the mists of the past

Out of the mists of the past

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 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).

Identity & the language of attire

Identity & the language of attire

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 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.