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Machine dreams in the art museum

Machine dreams in the art museum

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 4, 2018

"Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art," a wearing, overly large show at the de Young Museum, surveys a breadth of responses by American artists to the Industrial Revolution.

Faces behind the masks

Faces behind the masks

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 28, 2018

Issues of identity, personae and gender mutability are among those raised in "Selves and Others," a provocative, artfully constructed show of 120 portraits from the 19th century onward, now at SFMOMA's Pritzker Center for Photography.

He loves the nightlife! Gooch's photo exhibit

He loves the nightlife! Gooch's photo exhibit

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2018

Renowned local photographer Gooch, who prefers to be called by a single name, unveiled his latest photos in a new show at Ravot Gallery in the Richmond District.

Patented Rube Goldberg

Patented Rube Goldberg

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 21, 2018

An award-winning, self-taught artist; a punch line; a canny social satirist and raconteur: The many facets of cartoonist Rube Goldberg, a man whose name is synonymous with wacky, chain-reaction contraptions, are explored in the Contemporary Jewish Museu.

Let's Get Metaphysical!

Let's Get Metaphysical!

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 14, 2018

Tangible forms of deities found in Buddhist and Hindu cultures constitute "Divine Bodies," an interesting if somewhat esoteric, narrowly focused new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum.

Unghosted Women

Unghosted Women

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 11, 2018

Two thoughtful gallery shows address female presence - and its absence - through different prisms.

1 + 1 = t.w.five

1 + 1 = t.w.five

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 28, 2018

Swedish figurative painter Pernilla Andersson and Brazilian photographer and screen printer Paula Pereira were working independently and had already claimed their respective aliases when they joined forces - and their pseudonyms - in 2009 to form t.w.five

The Great Seducer

The Great Seducer

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 21, 2018

As if being known as the most notorious libertine in history weren't enough, Giacomo Casanova was also a gambler, a social climber and a spy.

California Dream Design Landscape

California Dream Design Landscape

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 7, 2018

Californians believe that most of the great new ideas, innovations and trends are generated and nurtured in our free-thinking, unconventional state, then emanate outward to the rest of the world, which has to catch up.

That's So Very Bay Area!

That's So Very Bay Area!

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 24, 2018

BAMPFA's "Way Bay," a rangy, ambitious, historical survey of the Bay Area's legacy of art and cinema, mines the institution's eclectic holdings.

Haunted (or stalked?) by VertiGhost

Haunted (or stalked?) by VertiGhost

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 17, 2018

There may be no movie more closely identified with San Francisco than Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," a labyrinthine tale of obsessive love and murder.

New Year at Bay Area Art Galleries

New Year at Bay Area Art Galleries

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 10, 2018

March comes in like a lion, so the saying goes, but the same could be said of January, judging from the crop of new exhibitions roaring out of the gate in this brand-New Year.

2018 in Bay Area Art Museums

2018 in Bay Area Art Museums

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 3, 2018

The country may have been taken over by philistines eager to cut funding for the NEA and other arts organizations they deem wasteful or nefarious, but at least for the Bay Area in 2018, there's reason for guarded optimism.

So Long, 2017 Bay Area Art World!

So Long, 2017 Bay Area Art World!

  • by Sura Wood
  • Dec 27, 2017

With 2018 just around the corner, it's time to pause and reflect on the year that was in art.