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Painter Poet of the Gay Counterculture

Painter Poet of the Gay Counterculture

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 1, 2017

The openly gay Chinese-American artist, who trained as a ceramicist, hawked his talents as a street portraitist in the city and in his student days at Humboldt State.

Spirits Reaching Across Time

Spirits Reaching Across Time

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 17, 2017

It may come as a surprise - or perhaps it won't - that the most esteemed historical portrait painter of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, was a late-19th, early-20th century Vienna-trained Czech named Gottfried Lindauer.

Fall Preview: Bay Area Art Galleries

Fall Preview: Bay Area Art Galleries

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 10, 2017

Artwise this fall, galleries are the name of the game when it comes to adventure and the unusual. The mini-survey that follows is a glimpse of what's to come.

Fall Preview: Bay Area Art Museums

Fall Preview: Bay Area Art Museums

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 3, 2017

Variety, not quantity, is the watchword for the fall season at Bay Area art museums, and thankfully, there's not a blockbuster in sight. Here are some pathways to cultural enrichment in the coming months.

Getting the Big Picture at CAS

Getting the Big Picture at CAS

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 17, 2017

For the last four years the California Academy of Sciences has been hosting an annual Natural World Photography Competition and displaying the winners and finalists in their "BigPicture" show, where each color photograph is more spectacular than the next.

Out There :: Lighting Up the Legion of Honor

Out There :: Lighting Up the Legion of Honor

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 13, 2017

Out There trucked out to the Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park last week to catch up with two exhibits there.

Out There : Collaborators in Uncommon Art

Out There : Collaborators in Uncommon Art

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 3, 2016

People on deadline, crazy writer types and polyamorists all benefit from having structure in their lives, even on vacation.

 William Blake, Artist in Paradise

William Blake, Artist in Paradise

  • by Sura Wood
  • Nov 27, 2016

William Blake at last has a gallery dedicated to him.

Bruce Conner's walk on the dark side

Bruce Conner's walk on the dark side

  • by Sura Wood
  • Nov 4, 2016

A retrospective has the ability to map the arc of an artist's career, its unifying and diverging themes, but it's unlikely that it's an artist's intention to have his or her life's work shown en masse.

 Through A Japanese Postwar Lens

Through A Japanese Postwar Lens

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 23, 2016

"Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now," the second photography show to open at SFMOMA's Pritzker Center for Photography in the last two weeks, is a tsunami of images.

Comfort & Joy at the AIDS Memorial Grove

Comfort & Joy at the AIDS Memorial Grove

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 21, 2016

They've brought their glowingly queer presence to Burning Man, to nightclubs around the Bay Area, and to faerie gatherings in the countryside. The fluorescent flair of the Comfort & Joy community engages at the National AIDS Memorial Grove.

 Photo Finish: 'LGBTQ Chronicled'

Photo Finish: 'LGBTQ Chronicled'

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jun 26, 2016

From 1930s clandestine Mattachine Society meetings to the June 12 Castro candlelight vigil honoring the victims of the Orlando massacre, the 125 images in the new photography exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center are a stunning chronicle.

Out There :: Museum Collection, by the Book

Out There :: Museum Collection, by the Book

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 28, 2016

Since the re-opening of SFMOMA has already garnered so much press, we thought we'd read and review the new accompanying catalog, in which there is both scholarship and art-loving glee on display.

Out There :: Colorful Museum Encounters

Out There :: Colorful Museum Encounters

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 7, 2016

Pressies from around the world and down the block toured the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) last week, set to open to the public on May 14.