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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.

By the beautiful sea

By the beautiful sea

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 5, 2019

"The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism" is a small but vital exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, on view through April 28.

Go-to galleries

Go-to galleries

  • by Sura Wood
  • Feb 1, 2019

The year is off to a thought-provoking start at local galleries and nonprofit spaces, with artists zeroing in on topical issues from the environment to immigration.

Black genius

Black genius

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 22, 2019

Harlem's temporary loss is a gain for San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora, the first stop for "Black Refractions," the largest touring exhibition The Studio Museum in Harlem has ever undertaken.

Designated (music) driver

Designated (music) driver

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 22, 2019

There was a certain electricity in Davies Symphony Hall last Friday night as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted the San Francisco Symphony for the first time since his appointment as Music Director Designate was announced at the end of last year.

More Sartre than S&M

More Sartre than S&M

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 15, 2019

After rebelling against the constraints and realism of street photography in 1974, Steve Kahn commenced what became known as "The Hollywood Suites."

Jerome Caja lives on in his artworks

Jerome Caja lives on in his artworks

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 15, 2019

In every community there is an artist who best captures the zeitgeist of that place, that time, and what it was like to live there then. For AIDS activist-era San Francisco, that artist was Jerome Caja.

Brus World

Brus World

  • by Sura Wood
  • Jan 8, 2019

German artist Johannes Brus delivers a rare and welcome jolt to the jaded in his first American solo exhibition, now at SFMOMA.