Museums

California Academy of Science’s weekly Thursday night, adults-only event NightLife, complete with music, creatures and cocktails held a special “Gallery Crawl” theme last week that included several of San Francisco’s galleries, museums and artists taking part. In the African Hall, local galleries Roll Up Gallery, Modern Eden Gallery, and CAS Creative & Exhibits Studio displayed […]

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Glen Helfand arrives to meet us in the Asian Art Museum’s 2nd floor gallery currently exhibiting “Proximities 3: Import/Export,” the final exhibit in the three-part series he has independently curated during its first weeks on view. “This is the first time I’ve been back here since installing the show,” he says, while he briefly inspects […]

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Although in his seventies, British contemporary artist David Hockney has been the subject of two grand-scale exhibitions in the past two years featuring recently completed works that mark one of the most prolific periods of his career; one of them is “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” now at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. Composed of nearly 400 pieces, from sketchbooks to […]

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Tyrus Wong looks young for his age, with a good-natured twinkle in his eye and an easy smile, despite being surrounded by a constant flow of photo takers and admirers. But the magnitude and variety of his works betray the length of his career: Wong is 102 and started working for Walt Disney Studios in […]

The engagement of Richard Diebenkorn’s artistic practice with the unique settings of the Bay Area makes “The Berkeley Years: 1953-1966” now on view at San Francisco’s de Young Museum a significant re-examination not only of the artist’s career-changing practice at this time as well as an intriguing exploration of the artist’s personal and creative relationship […]

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In “Proximities,” a three-part exhibition through February 2014 at the Asian Art Museum curated by independent writer, critic, and educator Glen Helfand , audiences encounter a multiplicity of perspectives by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most compelling contemporary artists, creating artworks that stimulate dialogue around myriad themes about Asia and its visual culture. On view through […]

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The newly established Center for Art & Inquiry, a major part of The Exploratorium’s expansion at its new location on Pier 15 along the Embarcadero broadens the museum’s focus on art and art-making as a means for scientific inquiry, exploration, and discovery into the workings of the globe and its myriad environments. Working with program directors from across the […]

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Including some of the most celebrated photographers of the mid-twentieth century: Berenice Abbott, Consuelo Kanaga, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind and Weegee, most of whom were first-generation Jewish Americans, New York’s Photo League focused on a world of ordinary people who lived in New York City and its neighborhoods during the Depression. Their work not only exposed […]

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In a first meeting that could only be likened to one written for the silver screen, Lee Miller and Man Ray, two Americans in 1920s Paris, found each other in a quiet bar frequented by the artists of a burgeoning art movement, Surrealism, only hours after Miller boldly visited Man Ray’s studio unannounced and was told he was not in. The […]

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Artist Cindy Sherman has sustained a career of over 30 years exploring the multifarious modes of representation and Selfhood, as well as the artifice of photography in the Post-Modern age. Constantly reinventing herself, unfolding new series and genres, Sherman has tackled identity, and particularly how women have been portrayed from appropriations of infamous Renaissance portraiture, 1960s New Wave, to the power and […]

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