Arts & Culture :: Art

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.

Peter Paul Rubens thinks big

Peter Paul Rubens thinks big

  • by Sura Wood
  • Apr 9, 2019

Voluptuousness fills nearly every inch of the massive paintings by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, a multi-talented man who knew a thing or two about thinking big.

Fleeting joys of art

Fleeting joys of art

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 12, 2019

Last Friday night Out There attended the opening-night party for the final exhibition at Jules Maeght Gallery, a blue-chip art gallery that has made its home at 149 Gough St. in San Francisco for five years.

Mission: Art-Historical Heist

Mission: Art-Historical Heist

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 5, 2019

"I wanted to make something that wouldn't be boring," states Slovenian-born filmmaker Milorad Krstic, and he has succeeded beyond measure in his wildly original debut feature "Ruben Brandt, Collector."

Attack of the Killer Kimonos!

Attack of the Killer Kimonos!

  • by Sura Wood
  • Mar 5, 2019

Almost everything you wanted to know about the Kimono, or could reasonably be condensed into the space of two galleries, is shared in and around "Kimono Refashioned"'s immaculate, minimalist display cases.

Claude Monet's enchanted glade

Claude Monet's enchanted glade

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 19, 2019

The received wisdom, at least for some, is that Impressionist master Claude Monet is too easy, but, as with all great artists, he only makes it look that way.

Gender fluidity & mutable identity

Gender fluidity & mutable identity

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 12, 2019

"Show Me as I Want to Be Seen," a scintillating in-house exhibition filled with the new and different, is, by turns, revelatory and unsettling, and one of the most intriguing shows mounted by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in a while.