Arts & Culture :: Art

What’s up at the galleries this fall?

What’s up at the galleries this fall?

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Sep 10, 2010

What to see at the galleries this fall...

What’s up at art museums this fall?

What’s up at art museums this fall?

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Aug 31, 2010

Can it be that autumn is already upon us? One perusal of the upcoming exhibition schedule for area museums, and you know that summer is over and it’s time to get serious.

Humor, wonder & insight

Humor, wonder & insight

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Jul 15, 2010

Although many won’t recognize Maira Kalman’s name, they’re likely familiar with her witty covers for The New Yorker magazine; her online, illustrated odysseys for The New York Times such as "Principles of Uncertainty" or "And the Pursuit of Happiness," an

Daniel Nicoletta - Words On Pictures

Daniel Nicoletta - Words On Pictures

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Jun 11, 2010

Photographer Daniel Nicoletta discusses his storied career

John Waters - The bard of Baltimore (& SF & Provincetown)

John Waters - The bard of Baltimore (& SF & Provincetown)

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Jun 10, 2010

In his new creative nonfiction book Role Models (Farrar Straus Giroux), independent film director John Waters writes about people who have inspired him in his brilliant career.

’Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay’

’Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay’

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • May 28, 2010

If you’ve been looking forward to Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, the blockbuster exhibition of nearly 100 paintings that opened at the de Young Museum last week, and you’re expecting an easily digestible parade of familiar, iconic works of Classical Impressionism, you will be in for something of a surprise.

Exhibits preview :: Burgeoning art before the blockbusters

Exhibits preview :: Burgeoning art before the blockbusters

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • May 21, 2010

During this brief lull between the wind-up of winter museum shows and the launch of summer blockbuster attractions like the Fisher Collection unveiling at SFMOMA in late June, there’s an assortment of interesting, idiosyncratic gallery shows to tickle the palette. Here’s a small and by no means comprehensive sample itinerary for the adventurously inclined.

The gay-inclusive spirit of the Contemporary Jewish Museum

The gay-inclusive spirit of the Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • May 17, 2010

Some people talk about diversity. Some people implement it. To my knowledge, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has yet to issue press releases about celebrating diversity or being inclusive. Instead, quietly and without fanfare, the museum’s small but stately building on Mission between 3rd & 4th Streets in downtown San Francisco has established itself as a place that’s open and welcoming to all.

Retrospectives of two vastly different artists at the Berkeley Art Museum

Retrospectives of two vastly different artists at the Berkeley Art Museum

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Mar 26, 2010

Teeming with ideas, artist William T. Wiley’s mind is a crowded intersection where politics, literature and art history meet.

Not quite Shanghai’ed

Not quite Shanghai’ed

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Mar 8, 2010

With Shanghai, a much-hyped, rudderless exhibition timed to coincide with San Francisco’s 2010 Sister City celebrations and Shanghai’s hosting of the World Expo in May, the Asian Art Museum steps bravely, if unsteadily, into the 20th and 21st centuries.

Susan Mikula trades calculator for camera

Susan Mikula trades calculator for camera

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Mar 7, 2010

American industry takes form in artistic expression this week with the San Francisco debut of fine art photographer Susan Mikula’s American Device: Recent Photographs, opening at the George Lawson Gallery today (Thurs., Feb. 25). The exhibit follows a successful New York exhibit of sic transit, and Bearings, an exhibit of her work in Provincetown, MA, earlier last fall.

Muses of the museum - SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary brings four new shows

Muses of the museum - SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary brings four new shows

  • by Kevin Mark Kline
  • Jan 21, 2010

Ardent followers of modern art and even those who have only ducked into SFMOMA to escape the cold and rain can probably name their favorite exhibitions: the remarkable Eva Hesse show in 2000; the transformative, mind-blowing Anselm Kiefer retrospective; the Chagall blockbuster; or Olafur Eliasson’s environmental installations (in a memorable one, he stored a BMW roadster in a meat locker), which saved visitors the bother of standing on a glacier to experience the iridescent light of the aurora borealis.

Richard Avedon: Beyond the glamour ghetto

Richard Avedon: Beyond the glamour ghetto

  • by Robert Nesti
  • Jul 20, 2009

’Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004’

Out There :: Tom of Finland, Jazz Greats and Coward-mania

Out There :: Tom of Finland, Jazz Greats and Coward-mania

  • by Robert Nesti
  • May 10, 2009

The mother of all art books landed with a wallop on the arts desk... Two music legends come to town... Michael Feinstein’s restaurant picks... and Coward-Mania continues.