Arts & Culture :: Art

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.

Straight out of Mithila

Straight out of Mithila

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 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.

Fall Preview: Art Galleries

Fall Preview: Art Galleries

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 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.

Fall Preview: Art Museums

Fall Preview: Art Museums

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 29, 2018

Fall arrives with a bounty of museum exhibitions.

Reports from the front lines

Reports from the front lines

  • by Reports from the front lines
  • Aug 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.

Glorious images of the natural world

Glorious images of the natural world

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 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.

Sierra Nevada, mon amour

Sierra Nevada, mon amour

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 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.

Lew the Jew & his rebel friends

Lew the Jew & his rebel friends

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 8, 2018

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

Frida's world

Frida's world

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 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.