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This Month at the Galleries

This Month at the Galleries

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Dec 8, 2012

Whether you’d like to take a break from the madness of holiday shopping or simply escape the onslaught of relatives who have descended on your house this month, here are a few places to take a breather and imbibe some culture.

Ostentatious Objects: ’Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette’

Ostentatious Objects: ’Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette’

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Dec 3, 2012

It’s difficult to imagine a holiday season without one of the Legion’s ritual presentations of beautiful objets d’art, produced with no expense spared, by the world’s finest craftsmen for the delectation of the super rich.

Ezra Jack Keats: Empathy for the Outsider

Ezra Jack Keats: Empathy for the Outsider

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Nov 27, 2012

The richly poetic imagery and gorgeous, deeply vibrant hues that leap off the pages created by this award-winning, trailblazing children’s book author and illustrator conjure visions of Chagall and that artist’s transcendent, whimsical fantasy.

’Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind’s Eye’ at SFMOMA

’Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind’s Eye’ at SFMOMA

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Nov 21, 2012

A new overview at SFMOMA that includes 90 artworks produced from 1956 to the present. The show also highlights the artist’s special relationship with the Bay Area.

Jay DeFeo’s Sensual Repertoire

Jay DeFeo’s Sensual Repertoire

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Nov 14, 2012

Her art is a perfect balance of the heart and the mind, a sublime integration that gives her work its power and that’s on voluptuous display in the first major career retrospective of this beloved Bay Area artist.

Shooting for Social Justice: "The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-51"

Shooting for Social Justice: "The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-51"

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Nov 6, 2012

The latest exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and one of its most enjoyably edifying to date.

Nayland Blake’s Participatory Art

Nayland Blake’s Participatory Art

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Oct 30, 2012

Wikipedia describes the unusual mixed-media oeuvre of gay artist Nayland Blake thusly: "Disturbing, provocative, elusive, tormented, sinister, hysterical, brutal, and tender."

’Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance’ at the de Young Museum

’Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance’ at the de Young Museum

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Oct 25, 2012

A curiously unsatisfying hybrid exhibition of costume and dance that falls frustratingly short in both areas.

This World is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon

This World is Not My Home: Photographs by Danny Lyon

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Oct 15, 2012

In stark contrast to his verbal stream-of-consciousness and stoner delivery, photographer Danny Lyon’s pictures have a bracing clarity and intensity that gets you in the gut.

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Oct 5, 2012

To experience this exhibition is to partake of a very personal collection of hand-picked works selected with an eye for beauty and technical brilliance.

Cindy Sherman’s Retrospective Opens at SFMOMA

Cindy Sherman’s Retrospective Opens at SFMOMA

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Jul 23, 2012

Combining Pop, Conceptual, performance art and cinema, she has distilled her own art form, one made no less original because she’s grown influential and spawned a legion of imitators.

What’s Up in the Galleries This Summer?

What’s Up in the Galleries This Summer?

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Jul 13, 2012

Even as the fog surges into the city, things are heating up at local galleries, where there’s no such thing as summer vacation. Here is a quartet of exhibitions around town worth taking a look at.

In the Galleries This June

In the Galleries This June

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Jun 1, 2012

Memorial Day weekend is the official launch of summer, and though the same might not be said for the local galleries, there’s plenty to check out around town.

’Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ Opens at the Asian Art Museum

’Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ Opens at the Asian Art Museum

  • by Chris Sosa
  • May 28, 2012

Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, the big summer show that opened at the Asian Art Museum last weekend, does no less than ponder the nature and origins of the universe and the invisible forces that shape our lives.