Art & Museums

COURTESY RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTIONZhang Huan's 1997 photograph “To Raise The Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant)” is among the arresting pieces on view in “28 Chinese” at the Asian Art Musuem.

'28 Chinese' spotlights contemporary art

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum's new exhibit "28 Chinese" showcases the fruits…

 

COURTESY SCOTT RICHARDS CONTEMPORARY ART“Populart

Patrick Hughes an illusionist with a paintbrush

Foreground is background, background is foreground and static images appear to shift…

 

COURTESY HAINES GALLERYNew geometric works by Monir Farmanfarmaian

Monir Farmanfarmaian mixes Persian, Western influences in 'Hexagons'

Currently in her 90s and still working vitally, Monir Farmanfarmaian creates geometric…

 

COURTESY  PHOTOThe Burlingame Historical Society operates the Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum

Burlingame museum showcases area’s rich history

“From millionaire’s colony to sunshine suburb” is the motto that greets visitors…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe Burlingame Historical Society operates the Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum
COURTESY HUNT SLONEM/SERGE SOROKKO GALLERYHunt Slonem’s oil-on-canvas “Whisper Louder” is among his new paintings on view at Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco.

Hunt Slonem inspired by birds, butterflies and bunnies

. Birds, butterflies and bunnies fill the canvases in an exhibit of…

COURTESY HUNT SLONEM/SERGE SOROKKO GALLERYHunt Slonem’s oil-on-canvas “Whisper Louder” is among his new paintings on view at Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco.
COURTESY SFMOMA/CAMPARI USA/MICKALENE THOMAS/ ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY/KATHERINE DU TIELMickalene Thomas’ “Sista Sista Lady Blue” is among the works on view in “Portraits and Other Likenesses From SFMOMA” at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Disapora.

SFMOMA, MoAD showcase 20th century portraits

A new show at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora of…

COURTESY SFMOMA/CAMPARI USA/MICKALENE THOMAS/ ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY/KATHERINE DU TIELMickalene Thomas’ “Sista Sista Lady Blue” is among the works on view in “Portraits and Other Likenesses From SFMOMA” at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Disapora.
COURTESY JASON PERRYAnouk Wipprecht’s wild “Spider Dress 2.0

Cutting-edge Dutch designs combine form and function

Tableware made from potato scraps, a 3D-printed chair containing a living fungus…

COURTESY JASON PERRYAnouk Wipprecht’s wild “Spider Dress 2.0
COURTESY SEAMUS CONLEY/ANDREA SCHWARTZ GALLERY“Po Boy” is among San Francisco artist Seamus Conley’s works on view in “Catch My Fade” at Andrea Schwartz Gallery.

Fantasy, reality meld in Seamus Conley’s dreamy explorations

Lone figures inhabit haunting, otherworldly landscapes in the paintings of Seamus Conley,…

COURTESY SEAMUS CONLEY/ANDREA SCHWARTZ GALLERY“Po Boy” is among San Francisco artist Seamus Conley’s works on view in “Catch My Fade” at Andrea Schwartz Gallery.
COURTESY JOHN WAGUESPACK/ROCHA ARTJohn Waguespack’s 48-inch painting “Koi” is among the works on view in “Channeling the Dionysian” at Rocha Art.

Painter John Waguespack channels free spirit

In creating the paintings for his new solo show at Rocha Art…

COURTESY JOHN WAGUESPACK/ROCHA ARTJohn Waguespack’s 48-inch painting “Koi” is among the works on view in “Channeling the Dionysian” at Rocha Art.
COURTESY MEXICAN MUSEUMFrancisco Zuniga’s “Mother with Child” is among the figurative works on view in “Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters.”

Modern Mexican art’s diversity revealed in ‘Maestros’

International movements and Mexican history come together in “Maestros: 20th Century Mexican…

COURTESY MEXICAN MUSEUMFrancisco Zuniga’s “Mother with Child” is among the figurative works on view in “Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters.”
COURTESY TESIA BLACKBURNTesia Blackburn’s vibrant paintings are inspired by summer days and childhood.

Hunters Point Shipyard Artists open their studios

The nation’s largest art colony welcomes the public into its digs this…

COURTESY TESIA BLACKBURNTesia Blackburn’s vibrant paintings are inspired by summer days and childhood.
COURTESY  PHOTOVietnamese infants brought to the U.S. in 1975 are the focus of "Operation Babylift: Perspectives + Legacies

‘Babylift’ details 1975 evacuation of Vietnamese children

The headline on top of the April 3, 1975 San Francisco Examiner…

COURTESY  PHOTOVietnamese infants brought to the U.S. in 1975 are the focus of "Operation Babylift: Perspectives + Legacies
COURTESY MARION GRAYMarion Gray showcases the scene at the Berkeley Art Museum in the 1980 photograph “Opening of the exhibition ‘Avedon 1946-1980.’”

Photographer Marion Gray captures performance greats

Unsung heroes appear in varied forms and places. They support, sustain and…

COURTESY MARION GRAYMarion Gray showcases the scene at the Berkeley Art Museum in the 1980 photograph “Opening of the exhibition ‘Avedon 1946-1980.’”
RICHARD MISRACH

Richard Misrach retrospective considers man and nature

Richard Misrach creates large, eye-pleasing photographs of deserts, oceans and other grand…

RICHARD MISRACH
COURTESY  PHOTOCharlie Hebdo

Fearless satirical magazines in ‘Mad World’

The San Francisco Public Library celebrates satirical periodicals in the 2015 edition…

COURTESY  PHOTOCharlie Hebdo
COURTESY  PHOTOKa Yan Cheung's "Share" is among the more lighthearted works on view in “Hungry Ghosts.”

'Hungry Ghosts' a haunting exploration of Buddhism’s lost spirits

Potent themes of history, memory, pain and love make up "Hungry Ghosts.”…

COURTESY  PHOTOKa Yan Cheung's "Share" is among the more lighthearted works on view in “Hungry Ghosts.”
COURTESY TREVOR PAGLEN/ALTMAN SIEGEL GALLERYTrevor Paglen’s provocative and eerie video “Circles” shows aerial footage of a government information-gathering site in England.

Trevor Paglen’s photos put government spying in spotlight

Award-winning photographer Trevor Paglen focuses on mass surveillance conducted by government agencies…

COURTESY TREVOR PAGLEN/ALTMAN SIEGEL GALLERYTrevor Paglen’s provocative and eerie video “Circles” shows aerial footage of a government information-gathering site in England.
COURTESY ARIN RUNGJANG AND OFFICE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTUREArin Rungjang’s video and sculpture “Golden Teardrop” – on view in “The Way Things Go” – traces the history of a common Thai dessert.

Global movement of food explored in ‘Way Things Go’ at YBCA

The lower galleries of Yerba Buena Center For the Arts have been…

COURTESY ARIN RUNGJANG AND OFFICE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTUREArin Rungjang’s video and sculpture “Golden Teardrop” – on view in “The Way Things Go” – traces the history of a common Thai dessert.
COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ARTCharles James’ magnificent "Clover Leaf" ball gown is a highlight of “High Style.”

‘High Style’ showcases French and American fashion

From lavish gowns to little black dresses to practical sportswear to a…

COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ARTCharles James’ magnificent "Clover Leaf" ball gown is a highlight of “High Style.”
COURTESY MEXICAN MUSEUMPedro Friedeberg's "Explicit Mysterium" is among the modern works on view in "20th Century Mexican Masters.”

Mexican Museum unveils treasures

Between 1975 when it was founded and 2018 when it hopes to…

COURTESY MEXICAN MUSEUMPedro Friedeberg's "Explicit Mysterium" is among the modern works on view in "20th Century Mexican Masters.”