The origin of the de Young Museum’s current exhibition, “Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power,” is the one-time global maritime power and center of commerce. Venice was immensely rich during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and its nobility spent lavishly on arts, music and architecture. Read More
A San Francisco company called Oryjin, which is participating in this weekend’s Fair-Trade Bazaar at the de Young Museum, specializes in Laotian jewelry and scarves, and it’s a business with a difference.Instead of taking advantage of low wages in the southeast Asian country with a troubled history and a struggling economy, Oryjin supports people still under Communist control by building their handicraft business in the countryside. Read More
Glide’s Legacy Gala — A Love Supreme: On July 9, the Glide Legacy Committee honored local individuals who serve as change agents in their communities at the foundation’s second annual Legacy Gala at the Regency Ballroom, which benefitted Glide programs. California Attorney General Kamala Harris received the Cecil Williams Award, and author, publisher and philanthropist Dave Eggers received the Janice Mirikitani Award. Read More
Picasso opening at the de Young Museum: Pablo Picasso is the focus of a major exhibition that opened Saturday at the de Young Museum. Organizers and museum patrons celebrated “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” on June 7 with a dinner for donors and sponsors. Read More
Visitors to the de Young Museum's next monster show, "Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris," should not expect the dark rainbow wall colors that graced the museum's two recent Impressionist exhibits.
According to one of many strict rules from the lending museum, all gallery walls must be white. Read More
Among the most famous artists in history, and a painter whose bizarre, sometimes savagely grotesque works still are difficult to appreciate for some museum visitors, Pablo Picasso remains a giant of the 20th century.
In 2007, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s unforgettable “Picasso and American Art” exhibit from the Whitney Museum showcased how his work had an impact on artists from Willem de Kooning to Jackson Pollock to thousands of wannabes. Read More
“Balenciaga and Spain” at the de Young Museum is bringing up decades of history and reminiscences in the worlds of fashion and art.“When I started to draw fashion in London,” says Academy of Art University fashion director Gladys Perint Palmer, “the editor of British Vogue told me, ‘My dear, all you need is one good Balenciaga coat.’ My first job was a cover for Vogue for which I was paid 20 pounds. Not enough, even then, for even a Balenciaga button.” Read More
‘Balenciaga and Spain’ opening: On Thursday, leaders in international fashion, art, high tech, film and philanthropy celebrated the opening of the de Young Museum exhibition dedicated to timeless designs created by Cristóbal Balenciaga. On hand were guest curator Hamish Bowles, European editor-at-large of American Vogue, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mia Wasikowska, Lt. Gov. Read More
Hamish Bowles, the guest curator of Balenciaga and Spain, knows a great deal about a great many things in the fashion universe. As European editor at large for Vogue, he profiles the fashion cognoscenti and embarks upon experiential journeys, bringing his unique sense of style to surfing lessons or surviving in the woods. Read More
Publicity-shy to the point of reclusive, monastically devoted to his craft and boundlessly inventive in a realm that often rewards brash showmanship and market-tuned imitation, the Spaniard Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was an improbable figure to dominate the fiercely competitive world of 20th-century Parisian haute couture. But dominate he did for more than three decades, from 1937 to 1968, with designs of unequaled elegance, searching innovation, technical mastery and lyrical grace. Read More