Arts & Culture :: Art

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.

Blackness visible: 'About Things Loved'

Blackness visible: 'About Things Loved'

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 11, 2019

"About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging," a small but potent academic exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, puts outstanding artworks by black artists from Africa and the African Diaspora center stage.

Tattoos make the man

Tattoos make the man

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jun 4, 2019

Among the cognoscenti, the 19th-century Japanese tradition of tattooing, which emerged during the late Edo era, is considered the best, prized for its detail, complexity, and subtle shifts in vibrant hues and sophisticated compositions.

Extraordinary gay artist: Andy Warhol for our times

Extraordinary gay artist: Andy Warhol for our times

  • by Sura Wood
  • May 28, 2019

"Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again" is a wide-ranging retrospective of 40 years of prodigious output from the influential gay artist, now at SFMOMA.

Andy Warhol unmasked

Andy Warhol unmasked

  • by Sura Wood
  • May 21, 2019

"You cannot reach the end (or get to the bottom) of Warhol," Whitney Museum curator Donna De Salvo recently commented. Some visitors to "Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again" may feel the same.

Whose paradise?

Whose paradise?

  • by Sura Wood
  • May 14, 2019

The legacy of European colonialism, its damage to indigenous populations in the Caribbean, and its lingering wounds and influence inform "Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox," a new exhibition with an intriguingly original premise.

Cultural connections around the Bay

Cultural connections around the Bay

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 7, 2019

Possibilities for engagement with the arts and culture of the Bay Area do sometimes seem infinite. Take Out There's last week, for example — please!

Survival tactics

Survival tactics

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 23, 2019

In "With (out) With (in) the very moment," a small new exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, a group of San Francisco-based artists muse on leading a thriving creative life in the shadow of AIDS.

Queer & Present

Queer & Present

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 16, 2019

There couldn't be a better moment than this for "Queer California: Untold Stories," an original exhibition at OMCA that wears its inclusive spirit proudly on its sleeve as it brings facets of LGBTQ+ cultural, artistic and political history to light.