Arts & Culture :: Art

Treasures From An Exhibition

Treasures From An Exhibition

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 25, 2015

It has been 100 years since the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened its gates to the 19 million visitors who flocked to see it in 1915. A fraction of what was once displayed there is currently on view at the de Young.

Chinese Contemporary

Chinese Contemporary

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 14, 2015

The Asian Art Museum's latest embrace of contemporary art can be counted as a surefooted success.

'High Style' is Here

'High Style' is Here

  • by Kilian Melloy
  • Mar 29, 2015

The arrival at the Legion of Honor of the latest extravaganza, tastefully titled "High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection," is a much-anticipated event.

'Seduction: Japan's Floating World' Opens at the Asian Art Museum

'Seduction: Japan's Floating World' Opens at the Asian Art Museum

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 1, 2015

The Asian Art Museum is offering up an enticement with "Seduction: Japan's Floating World," an enthralling new show that casts a spell and captures the aura of a place and time.

High Aristocratic Style

High Aristocratic Style

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 26, 2014

A step back in time, and for most of us a vicarious step up in class, "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House," the latest decorative arts exhibition at the Legion of Honor, is a stroll through history, art, culture and architecture.

Pop Culture & Psychodrama in the May Galleries

Pop Culture & Psychodrama in the May Galleries

  • by Sura Wood
  • May 18, 2014

Jaimie Warren, an emerging photographer and performance artist based in Kansas City and Brooklyn, is the winner of the 2014 Baum Award, whose prize includes this solo show at SF Camerawork.

What’s Up in the April Galleries?

What’s Up in the April Galleries?

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 23, 2014

To enter the realm of prolific African American artist Romare Bearden is to surrender to the rhapsody of color, an exuberant concert enlivening "Romare Bearden: Storyteller," a show at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

Colin Bailey Takes the Helm at the Fine Arts Museums

Colin Bailey Takes the Helm at the Fine Arts Museums

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 16, 2014

Last June, when Colin Bailey came on board as the new director of the Fine Arts Museums, it was a tough time for the institution. Diplomatic and well-spoken, the London native appears to have a mix of steely determination and wry humor.

Out There :: Reno, Nevada, Mon Amour

Out There :: Reno, Nevada, Mon Amour

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 18, 2014

Everybody had an opinion when we told them we were spending Christmas in Reno, Nevada.

Fine Arts, 2014

Fine Arts, 2014

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 5, 2014

The biggest news of the coming year concerns the Anderson family, South Bay collectors who gave 121 postwar modern and abstract expressionist artworks to Stanford University.

Making Music -- and Gay History

Making Music -- and Gay History

  • by Sura Wood
  • Dec 8, 2013

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is now a well-established mainstream city institution with an international reputation, but 35 years ago it was quite another story.

Spectacular Ruins of Motor City

Spectacular Ruins of Motor City

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 13, 2013

Absent habitation, care and tending, even the greatest architectural achievements can degenerate into deserted shrines to human aspiration and crumbling grandeur.

What’s Up At the August Galleries?

What’s Up At the August Galleries?

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 11, 2013

We now live in a 24/7 world, but in days of yore, August was when art dealers shuttered their doors and left for summer vacation. Based on empirical evidence (see below), however, local galleries are in full swing this month.

Out There :: Impresario Extraordinaire

Out There :: Impresario Extraordinaire

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 4, 2013

Currently on show at the National Gallery of Art, the large exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, "1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music" is a celebration of the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev.