Arts & Culture :: Art

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.

Diebenkorn’s Berkeley of the Mind

Diebenkorn’s Berkeley of the Mind

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 9, 2013

"The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966," at the de Young Museum, is a definitive survey and the first to focus on the fertile 13-year period the artist spent in Berkeley when "Diebenkorn really became Diebenkorn."

Bridging the Gay / African American Divide

Bridging the Gay / African American Divide

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 30, 2013

For Ramekon O’Arwisters, a San Francisco-based, gay African American artist, racial and gender politics are realities, not abstract constructs, and they are never far from his mind or his work, where he merges his identities.

Her Discerning Eye :: Annie Leibovitz’s ’Pilgrimage’

Her Discerning Eye :: Annie Leibovitz’s ’Pilgrimage’

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 16, 2013

"Sometimes you have to please your own sweet self" could be the tagline for Annie Leibovitz’s latest show "Pilgrimage," now at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Dream & Vision

Dream & Vision

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 5, 2013

Still cool after all these years, the Beat Generation of the 1950s exerts a powerful hold on the romantic cultural imagination a half-century later. One need look no further than "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg."

It’s Time For Arts

It’s Time For Arts

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Apr 21, 2013

It may be a coincidence or simply "good timing," but artists have ol’ father time on the mind this month, as evidenced by work at three city venues.

The Bay Lights

The Bay Lights

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Apr 10, 2013

Its 25,000 LED lights strung along suspension cables along a 1.8 mile span of the bridge make this the biggest public artwork we can think of.

In Garry Winogrand’s Viewfinder

In Garry Winogrand’s Viewfinder

  • by Chris Sosa
  • Mar 19, 2013

A portion of his prodigious output, 300 black & white photographs, is included in the show, which assembles iconic images of New York City, Texas and Southern California, and at least 100 images that haven’t been published or exhibited before.