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Art & pleasure trip to San Jose

Art & pleasure trip to San Jose

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 19, 2019

A quick jaunt to San Jose brought Out There many happy hours of art enjoyment. The San Jose Museum of Art is currently showing a handful of special exhibits.

Loving jazz music in an art museum

Loving jazz music in an art museum

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 29, 2019

The highlight of Out There's recent jaunt to New York City was an artistic encounter with the MacArthur "genius grant"-winning jazz pianist and bandleader Jason Moran.

James Tissot's frisson of fashion & faith

James Tissot's frisson of fashion & faith

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 22, 2019

The 19th-century French painter James Tissot may be the greatest artist many people know next to nothing about. Despite being a successful international art-star in his day, and his friendships with Monet, Manet and Degas, he is not well-known.

Visiting the City Different

Visiting the City Different

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 1, 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico was calling to us, in the form of a wee press trip last week for a tour of the cultural riches on offer.

Noguchi & Hasegawa: the Two-Hander

Noguchi & Hasegawa: the Two-Hander

  • by Sura Wood
  • Oct 1, 2019

The intersection of Japanese aesthetics and mid-century modern art underlies "Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan," a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum.

Fall Preview: Bay Area Galleries

Fall Preview: Bay Area Galleries

  • by Sura Wood
  • Sep 3, 2019

While museums are busy making themselves increasingly relevant to younger and more diverse audiences, galleries continue to have their finger on the pulse. See below for a brief survey of fall exhibitions.

Fall Preview: Bay Area Art Museums

Fall Preview: Bay Area Art Museums

  • by Sura Wood
  • Aug 27, 2019

This Fall art season you'll find plenty of edifying opportunities, from a preponderance of eclectic photography shows and a brilliant 19th-century French painter not nearly as well-known as he should be, to a tumultuous slice of the American past.

Husky, hairy men inspire Chris Komater's art

Husky, hairy men inspire Chris Komater's art

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Aug 6, 2019

Chris Komater's sixth solo exhibition "Jack & Mack" is currently showing at Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., in Oakland, through Sept. 7.

Tattoo you!

Tattoo you!

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 16, 2019

What accounts for the popularity of tattoos across time and multiple civilizations? They're found on all continents, save for Antarctica. Some have even been discovered on Egyptian mummies and cave dwellers frozen in the tundra.

Lunar illuminations

Lunar illuminations

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 16, 2019

The Moon is such a constant presence in human arts & culture, it's easy to forget it's just an accident of astrophysics that we Earthlings happen to have one, and only one.

Ominous dreams

Ominous dreams

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jul 2, 2019

There are times when the emotionally freighted source of a creative work is more powerful than the art it inspired. Such is the case with "Daria Martin: Tonight the World," a new installation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Pride 2019: Five decades of queer rebellion

Pride 2019: Five decades of queer rebellion

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 27, 2019

Welcome to the Bay Area Reporter's special Pride section. Stories are headlined with "Pride 2019."

Artists on fire in Frameline film fest

Artists on fire in Frameline film fest

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 18, 2019

Portraits of LGBTQ+ artists shine at Frameline this year, starting with the sparkling festival opener "Vita & Virginia," which brings erotic life and poetic license to the decade-long, lesbian love affair between two literary lights of the 20th century.

Portrait of an artful appraiser

Portrait of an artful appraiser

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jun 18, 2019

On a recent return to Washington, DC, Out There made time for a few cultural forays.