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Courtesy photoFetching faces: Bold new works by Alex Katz are on view in “Sculptural Elegance (New Portraits)” at Meyerovich Gallery in San Francisco.

Seductive portraits by Alex Katz

“Sculptural Elegance (New Portraits)”  couldn’t be a more apt title for Alex…

Courtesy photoFetching faces: Bold new works by Alex Katz are on view in “Sculptural Elegance (New Portraits)” at Meyerovich Gallery in San Francisco.
SF Examiner file photoThe Bay Area Toll Authority is responsible for all regional spans except the Golden Gate Bridge.

Bay Area Toll Authority voting on $600K bank settlement

The agency in charge of overseeing seven Bay Area bridges is poised…

SF Examiner file photoThe Bay Area Toll Authority is responsible for all regional spans except the Golden Gate Bridge.
Courtesy photoBig finish: This year’s Merola Opera Program artists close their season with a “Grand Finale” performance on Saturday

Up-and-coming stars of opera at S.F. Merola

Few traditions in the art of singing have proven so valuable and…

Courtesy photoBig finish: This year’s Merola Opera Program artists close their season with a “Grand Finale” performance on Saturday
Courtesy photoProud participant: Slate gallery is part of an association that hosts the popular monthly Oakland Art Murmur street festival.

Make the scene at Oakland Art Murmur

Danielle Fox, the owner of Slate contemporary gallery who recently celebrated her…

Courtesy photoProud participant: Slate gallery is part of an association that hosts the popular monthly Oakland Art Murmur street festival.
Twin sisters: “Las Cuatas Diego” is a 1990 work by Cecilia Concepción Alvarez.

Provocative images at Mexican Museum

A portrait tells two stories: one about the artist and one about…

Twin sisters: “Las Cuatas Diego” is a 1990 work by Cecilia Concepción Alvarez.
S.F. Examiner File PhotoAn accusation that Mayor Ed Lee perjured himself moments before his testimony was interrupted has stoked speculation that there was no bomb threat or that such a threat was conveniently seized upon to help the mayor.

Authorities waited 22 minutes to clear Mayor Ed Lee from City Hall after bomb threat

Few details have emerged yet about why San Francisco police abruptly interrupted…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoAn accusation that Mayor Ed Lee perjured himself moments before his testimony was interrupted has stoked speculation that there was no bomb threat or that such a threat was conveniently seized upon to help the mayor.

Vivid faces carved in granite

The uniqueness of “Awakenings,” an exhibition of granite sculpted heads by Mexican…

Courtesy photoRebel and reformer: “Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay” presents a vivid

A fascinating, in-depth look at gay pioneer Harry Hay

The diverse and remarkable history of social justice and gay activist Harry…

Courtesy photoRebel and reformer: “Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay” presents a vivid
REUTERS/Fred Prouser/FilesAuthor Ray Bradbury poses on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during ceremonies in Hollywood

Ray Bradbury, science fiction author, dead at 91

Ray Bradbury, a giant of American literature who helped popularize science fiction…

REUTERS/Fred Prouser/FilesAuthor Ray Bradbury poses on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during ceremonies in Hollywood
Richard Misrach

Richard Misrach’s Golden Gate dreams

When photographer Richard Misrach and his wife moved in to their Berkeley…

Richard Misrach

Historical Society showcases origins of Golden Gate Bridge

With a recent makeover and a timely exhibition in place, the California…

Courtesy photoRecent images by master photographer Lee Friedlander are on view in “Mannequin” at Fraenkel Gallery. Friedlander got his start in the 1950s.

Lee Friedlander creates surrealistic storefronts

The affair between mannequins and photographers goes back to photography’s early pioneers…

Courtesy photoRecent images by master photographer Lee Friedlander are on view in “Mannequin” at Fraenkel Gallery. Friedlander got his start in the 1950s.

Oakland Museum showcases 1968 in glory, tragedy

What made “The Sixties” so extraordinary comes alive in “The 1968 Exhibit,”…

Scene stealers: “Double Dutch Nuns” by Jose Chavarry is among the works on view in the first international Mobile Photography Awards Exhibition at ArtHaus.

Phone photos reach fine art proportions

Winning photographs from the inaugural Mobile Photography Awards, an international juried competition,…

Scene stealers: “Double Dutch Nuns” by Jose Chavarry is among the works on view in the first international Mobile Photography Awards Exhibition at ArtHaus.
David Middlebrook sculpture

On Display

Transient SpacesFriday through May 3. Free. Painter Joanna Swan slows the pace…

David Middlebrook sculpture
Getty Images file photoConservatorship: Britney Spears reportedly wants to “call her own shots.”

Britney Spears still trapped under dad’s authority

It seems like a million years ago that Britney Spears went through…

Getty Images file photoConservatorship: Britney Spears reportedly wants to “call her own shots.”
Famous foundation: The corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 “Blond Ambition World Tour” is on view in the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the de Young Museum.

Corsets meet pop culture in Jean Paul Gaultier show

If the de Young Museum’s “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:…

Famous foundation: The corset worn by Madonna on her 1990 “Blond Ambition World Tour” is on view in the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the de Young Museum.
Courtesy photoModern master Mixed-media graphics by Takashi Murakami are among the works for sale at the Martin Lawrence Galleries Fine Art Auction on Saturday.

Auction brings art to masses

Offering works by Picasso, Miró, Chagall, Dali, Andy Warhol and Rembrandt, Martin…

Courtesy photoModern master Mixed-media graphics by Takashi Murakami are among the works for sale at the Martin Lawrence Galleries Fine Art Auction on Saturday.
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A showcase of S.F. midcentury masters

The seeds of rebellion, characterizing American culture in the 1950s and ’60s,…

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Courtesy PhotoSign of the times: Images of a history-making era are on view in “Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964” at the de Young Museum.

Photographic record of The City’s tumultuous ’64

Arthur Tress was a 23-year-old unknown when he arrived in The City…

Courtesy PhotoSign of the times: Images of a history-making era are on view in “Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964” at the de Young Museum.