Arts & Culture :: Art

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.

Celebrities done up in rubbish!

Celebrities done up in rubbish!

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jul 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.

Appreciating the late great Peter Hujar

Appreciating the late great Peter Hujar

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 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.

The David Ireland Houseguest

The David Ireland Houseguest

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 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.

Perfection frozen in time for posterity

Perfection frozen in time for posterity

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 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.

June art gallery walk

June art gallery walk

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 6, 2018

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

International performance art arrives

International performance art arrives

  • 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.