Fine Arts

Courtesy PhotoOn loan from the British Museum

From ancient treasures to photographs

Although the fine arts scene in The City will be dominated by…

 

Courtesy PhotoPierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Oarsmen at Chatou” captures French society’s growing interest in boating.

Impressionism masters take delight in water

Everyone knows the impressionists loved water: Claude Monet’s lilies, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s boating…

 

Courtesy PhotoWorks from the huge collection of late graphic designer Rex May are on view at the Mexican Museum.

Legacy of May lives on at Mexican Museum

The late Rex May was a successful graphic designer, best known for…

 

Courtesy Janos GerebenCindy Shih’s watercolor “Selfishness

Asian-American artists fighting stereotypes

In one corner is Cindy Shih’s Bill O’Reilly-inspired, impish watercolor. In the…

Courtesy Janos GerebenCindy Shih’s watercolor “Selfishness
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South African dissident honored in photo exhibit

South Africa’s infamous apartheid regime is often considered one of the worst…

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SFMade Week celebrates local manufacturing boom

As the trend for quality, local craftsmanship continues to grow in The…

Courtesy PhotoTaxidermist Alicia Goode prepares a black-footed albatross for the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California.

Oakland gears up for new natural sciences gallery

Oak trees, snow geese, night herons eating Chinese takeout, a mastodon excavation,…

Courtesy PhotoTaxidermist Alicia Goode prepares a black-footed albatross for the new Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California.
Courtesy PhotoJonathan Green’s 1988 painting “Field Hands” is among dozens of amazing art works and artifacts on view in “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard Kinsey.”

Kinseys shed new light on African-American culture

Packed with photographs, a diverse selection of paintings and other contemporary fine…

Courtesy PhotoJonathan Green’s 1988 painting “Field Hands” is among dozens of amazing art works and artifacts on view in “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard Kinsey.”
Courtesy PhotoKael Alford’s “Najaf

Heartrending ‘Eye on Iraq’ at de Young Museum

War is hard, but it is especially hard on children. If you…

Courtesy PhotoKael Alford’s “Najaf
Courtesy Photo“Dangling” is a fantastic example of Hung Liu’s ability to capture interesting faces.

Challenging, revealing images of China by Hung Liu

Oakland-based artist Hung Liu is a quiet pioneer. The 65-year-old painter and…

Courtesy Photo“Dangling” is a fantastic example of Hung Liu’s ability to capture interesting faces.
Courtesy PhotoCornelis Visscher’s 1657 engraving “The Large Cat” is among the works on view in “Rembrandt’s Century” at the de Young Museum.

'Rembrandt’s Century' displays Dutch masters' drawings at De Young Museum

There are many gems in “Rembrandt’s Century,” but perhaps none quite as…

Courtesy PhotoCornelis Visscher’s 1657 engraving “The Large Cat” is among the works on view in “Rembrandt’s Century” at the de Young Museum.
S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTODiane B. Wilsey

Fine Arts Museums await new director

  The troubled Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco may soon name…

S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTODiane B. Wilsey
COURTESY PHOTOGood read: "Sweet Tooth

Take time for notable 2012 books

For those who haven’t gone completely digital yet, here are recommendations for…

COURTESY PHOTOGood read: "Sweet Tooth
Courtesy PhotoRolltop desk from 1784 by cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener.

Legion loaded with Louis

The French royal court was never known for subtlety. Louis XIV had…

Courtesy PhotoRolltop desk from 1784 by cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener.
Courtesy photoBlock party: Rik Olson’s prints are on view at the San Francisco Center for the Book in conjunction with his appearance at the Roadworks: A Steamroller Printing Festival on Saturday.

Rhode Island Street gets inked — with a steamroller

On Saturday afternoon, a 3-ton steamroller will drive up and down roped-off…

Courtesy photoBlock party: Rik Olson’s prints are on view at the San Francisco Center for the Book in conjunction with his appearance at the Roadworks: A Steamroller Printing Festival on Saturday.
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.
Courtesy photoLess is more: Vogue artist René Bouché’s “La Parisienne 1945” is among the charming and intriguing illustrations on view at the Legion of Honor.

René Bouché illustrations evoke post-war Paris

In today’s media culture, it’s hard to imagine recording the aftermath of…

Courtesy photoLess is more: Vogue artist René Bouché’s “La Parisienne 1945” is among the charming and intriguing illustrations on view at the Legion of Honor.
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.
Courtesy photoSeminal work: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has all of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” — #21 is pictured — on view. The renowned photographer’s pictures

The many faces of Cindy Sherman

For more than 30 years, photographer Cindy Sherman has used herself —…

Courtesy photoSeminal work: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has all of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” — #21 is pictured — on view. The renowned photographer’s pictures