Fine arts museums mark end of 2006

To last week’s report on shows closing at the Asian Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, let’s now add the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Both museums are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 general; $7 seniors; $6 for ages 13-17 and college students; free for children 12 and under and for all the first Tuesday of the month. Call (415) 863-3330 or visit www.thinker.org.

At the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the year-old de Young itself is still the novelty star attraction, the marvelous Herzog & de Meuron-designed building already visited by 1.7 million viewers.

Closing at the de Young:

» “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” closing Dec. 31. The popular traveling show features some 60 colorful quilts made by four generations of African American women from a small town near the Alabama River.

» “Armando Rascon: Naco Nocturnes,” through Dec. 31. Rascon is the last artist to be represented in the inaugural year of the de Young’s Connections Gallery program.

» “The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air,” through Jan. 28. More than 50 sculptures and 45 works on paper, with additional documentary source materials including notebooks and vintage photographs by Imogen Cunningham, form a retrospective of Ruth Asawa’s career over a 30-year period.

» “California Impressions, Featuring Landscapes from the Wendy Willrich Collection,” through Jan. 28. The exhibition traces the evolution of California landscape painting from the Hudson River School style, through the advent of plein-air Impressionism, to the colorful, Fauve-influenced style of the “Society of Six,” including the works of Thomas Hill, William Keith, Guy Rose and Granville Redmond.

The deYoung Museum is in Golden Gate Park, at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.

At the Legion of Honor:

» “Transparent Reflections: Richard Pousette-Dart Works on Paper 1940–1992,” through Jan. 14. A pioneering abstract expressionist and a founding member of the “New York School” (which included, among others, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell) Pousette-Dart (1916–1992) is represented here by 52 works created over a span of 50 years.

» “Claude Lorrain — The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum,” through Jan. 14. Lorrain (1604–1682) was a French landscape artist, enamored of the Roman countryside. Eighty-five drawings and 15 paintings of his, from the British Museum, are on display at the Legion.

The Legion of Honor is in Lincoln Park, and 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco.

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