Arts & Culture :: Art

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.

We're just a column who can't say no

We're just a column who can't say no

  • 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.

Rene Magritte, to infinity & beyond

Rene Magritte, to infinity & beyond

  • 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.

Propaganda ministries in the museum

Propaganda ministries in the museum

  • by Sura Wood
  • May 16, 2018

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

Buddhist visits the Underworld

Buddhist visits the Underworld

  • 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.

Julian Schnabel mingles with Rodin

Julian Schnabel mingles with Rodin

  • 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.

Spring has sprung at SFMOMA

Spring has sprung at SFMOMA

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 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.

Judy Dater: Human nature

Judy Dater: Human nature

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 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.