Arts & Culture :: Art

What’s happening down the Peninsula?

What’s happening down the Peninsula?

  • by Michael Wood
  • Aug 31, 2008

A dizzying abundance of major museum exhibitions opened in the city during what may well have been the most crowded summer calendar in recent memory.

’Bitter Suite’ & ’Jane Hammond: Paper Work’

’Bitter Suite’ & ’Jane Hammond: Paper Work’

  • by Michael Wood
  • Aug 20, 2008

As record crowds line up for the Chihuly glass extravaganza at the de Young Museum, one can only hope that the museum’s less hyped exhibitions won’t get lost in the crush. ’Bitter Suite’ & ’Jane Hammond: Paper Work’ are not to be missed.

Women Impressionists

Women Impressionists

  • by Michael Wood
  • Jul 8, 2008

Impressionism is often thought of as a great male fraternity, but there was a feminine side to the once-notorious movement that shocked the conservative academy, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Paris salons, in late-19th-century France.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

  • by Michael Wood
  • Jun 21, 2008

Whether they’re an expression of narcissism, or represent an escape from debilitating physical pain and emotional suffering, Frida Kahlo’s transfixing self-portraits - she painted at least 60 - are beguiling. They dominate Frida Kahlo, an exhibition of 42 paintings that charts the Mexican artist’s career from 1926 until her death in 1954, her growing confidence as an artist and her tumultuous relationship with her on-again, off-again husband, Diego Rivera, the famous muralist whose stature and outsized reputation dwarfed Kahlo’s work for many years.

Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

  • by Michael Wood
  • Mar 16, 2008

If you were to take a quick look at the subjects the notorious British artist duo Gilbert & George have addressed in their pictures - feces, sperm, blood, race, oral fixation, offensive language (to some) and sticking a finger in the eye of organized religion, which it richly deserves, according to the artists - you’d likely conclude that they were naughty boys intent on inciting their teacher to put them out of class and send them directly to the principal’s office.

Conjured realities on boxes of light: Vancouver artist Jeff Wall retrospective fascinates at SFMOMA

Conjured realities on boxes of light: Vancouver artist Jeff Wall retrospective fascinates at SFMOMA

  • by Michael Wood
  • Nov 9, 2007

Canadian artist Jeff Wall takes exception when his photographs are described as staged; instead, he prefers to call them reconstructions - of events, memories and flashes of imagination.

ArtSpan’s Photographers give glimpses into lesbian and gay everyday life

ArtSpan’s Photographers give glimpses into lesbian and gay everyday life

  • by David Foucher
  • Oct 25, 2007

The artists on staff at RayKo Photo Center devote a good deal of their time to mounting, printing and aiding the work of other photographers, but this weekend, Johanna Case-Hofmeister, Mary Celojko, Letty Garcia, Ann Jastrab, Mia Nakano, Kira Sugarman and Barry Umstead will step forward and have a much-deserved moment in the sun.

A storehouse of memories :: Paintings of life in pre-Holocaust Poland at the Magnes Museum

A storehouse of memories :: Paintings of life in pre-Holocaust Poland at the Magnes Museum

  • by David Foucher
  • Sep 27, 2007

Forty years ago, anthropologist and Yiddish folklorist Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett found an intriguing project close to home. She began a series of conversations with her aging, Polish immigrant father, Mayer Kirshenblatt, a project which evolved into a full-blown oral history about the lost Polish town of his youth, accompanied by a series of paintings and drawings. Now 91 and living in Toronto, Mayer has produced 270 paintings since 1990, 65 of which are on display at the Judah L. Magnes Museum.