Art & Museums

‘Garry Winogrand’ a triumph at SFMOMA

If Garry Winogrand has been criticized for being indiscriminate, the San Francisco…

Courtesy PhotoNaftali Hilger’s photographs of Yemen’s Jewish community reveal a seemingly ancient world.

Naftali Hilger’s photos put Jews of Yemen into spotlight

Israeli photojournalist Naftali Hilger’s photos of Yemen’s long-isolated Jewish community take viewers…

Courtesy PhotoNaftali Hilger’s photographs of Yemen’s Jewish community reveal a seemingly ancient world.
Courtesy Photo“Kalkidan Mashasha II” is a portrait of an Ethiopian hip hop musician on view in “Kehinde Wiley /The World Stage: Israel” on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Black men strike poses in imposing Wiley portraits

Artist Kehinde Wiley reinterprets the art of classic portraiture, painting young, black,…

Courtesy Photo“Kalkidan Mashasha II” is a portrait of an Ethiopian hip hop musician on view in “Kehinde Wiley /The World Stage: Israel” on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Courtesy PhotoTerra-cotta warriors dating from the transformative reign of China’s first emperor are at the Asian Art Museum.

Ancient Chinese warriors on guard in San Francisco

Emperor Qin Shihuang was not paranoid. The man who brutally forged China…

Courtesy PhotoTerra-cotta warriors dating from the transformative reign of China’s first emperor are at the Asian Art Museum.
COURTESY PHOTOMajor work: Dorothea Tanning’s massive oil-on-canvas “Chiens de Cythere (Dogs of Cythera)” is on view at Gallery Wendi Norris.

Dorthea Tanning’s transformations on view in gallery show

Before the 1960s, Dorothea Tanning’s paintings were surrealistically oriented, undoubtedly due to…

COURTESY PHOTOMajor work: Dorothea Tanning’s massive oil-on-canvas “Chiens de Cythere (Dogs of Cythera)” is on view at Gallery Wendi Norris.
Courtesy PhotoDavid Gardner’s “Dry Camping” is among the photographs on view in “Take Me Away” at City Hall. Gardner documents “full-time life on the road.”

Photographers explore escapism in ‘Take Me Away’

Even in eccentric, bustling San Francisco, people sometimes search for respite when…

Courtesy PhotoDavid Gardner’s “Dry Camping” is among the photographs on view in “Take Me Away” at City Hall. Gardner documents “full-time life on the road.”
Courtesy PhotoBovey Lee’s “Lifting Clouds

Bovey Lee paper works both pretty and political

Picture a forklift, dwarfed by its own cloud of exhaust. One of…

Courtesy PhotoBovey Lee’s “Lifting Clouds
Courtesy PhotoRobert Moses’ Kin opens its 18th home season on Friday with a world premiere titled “NEVABAWARLDAPECE.”

Robert Moses’ new dance a call to action

Acclaimed San Francisco dance troupe Robert Moses’ Kin opens its 18th home…

Courtesy PhotoRobert Moses’ Kin opens its 18th home season on Friday with a world premiere titled “NEVABAWARLDAPECE.”
Courtesy PhotoTom Franco

East Bay's Firehouse Art Collective artists visit San Francisco

It’s easy to think most artists court the muse by living monastically,…

Courtesy PhotoTom Franco
Courtesy PhotoThis anonymous photo is one of many archival images on view in “See Beauty in this Life” at the California Historical Society.

California Historical Society showcases fantastic farm photos of state agriculture

Significant, profitable and divisive, California’s agricultural industry is powerful. That reality is…

Courtesy PhotoThis anonymous photo is one of many archival images on view in “See Beauty in this Life” at the California Historical Society.
A new cast iron bike rack on 4th St at Howard St

Yerba Buena District gets new artistic bike racks – SLIDESHOW

New stylish cast iron bike racks will be hitting the sidewalks in…

A new cast iron bike rack on 4th St at Howard St
Courtesy PhotoCool caribou: Orion

Join in the reindeer games at the California Academy of Sciences

Orion has enormous antlers, but Polaris’ much smaller ones are of particular…

Courtesy PhotoCool caribou: Orion
Courtesy PhotoArresting image: Barry McGee’s works — including  this untitled piece of evocative faces painted onto empty liquor bottles — are on view in Berkeley in an exhibition focusing on the artist’s career since the mid-1980s.

Berkeley museum bringing street art inside with Barry McGee

With its jutting angles and concrete walls, the Berkeley Art Museum is…

Courtesy PhotoArresting image: Barry McGee’s works — including  this untitled piece of evocative faces painted onto empty liquor bottles — are on view in Berkeley in an exhibition focusing on the artist’s career since the mid-1980s.
Courtesy PhotoDeFeo worked on the 1

Chameleon artist DeFeo finally honored

The late Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo is best known for a…

Courtesy PhotoDeFeo worked on the 1
Courtesy PhotoIconic: “Flags

Jasper Johns shining at San Francisco MOMA

Jasper Johns made his mark nearly 60 years ago, transforming the art…

Courtesy PhotoIconic: “Flags
New music: “This is PiL

John Lydon reflects on PiL, the Pistols and painting

English punk icon John Lydon hasn’t changed; he’s still the same curmudgeonly…

New music: “This is PiL
Courtesy PhotoPoignant faces “Halloween

Photo League’s powerful pictures live on

In 1936, a group of young, mostly Jewish photographers walked the gritty…

Courtesy PhotoPoignant faces “Halloween
Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. ExaminerA visual treat: Café Asia’s tea-smoked salmon salad – with fish

Café Asia both surprises and plays it safe

Let’s say you work in the Civic Center. If you are daring,…

Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. ExaminerA visual treat: Café Asia’s tea-smoked salmon salad – with fish
Courtesy PhotoFun revival: Fom left

Smuin Ballet’s new season boasts sass, style

Smuin Ballet, a long local treasure, begins its 2012-13 season with the…

Courtesy PhotoFun revival: Fom left
Courtesy PhotoFeatured talent: Tim Fite

YBCA to help art lovers share passion

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts may not be able to get…

Courtesy PhotoFeatured talent: Tim Fite