Fine Arts

courtesy photoTwin 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…

courtesy photoTwin sisters: “Las Cuatas Diego” is a 1990 work by Cecilia Concepción Alvarez.
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.

Vivid faces carved in granite

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

Courtesy photoInteractive institution: Visitors to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art take play the character-driven game I Know What I Like

Game on! at SFMOMA

ArtGameLab at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the result…

Courtesy photoInteractive institution: Visitors to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art take play the character-driven game I Know What I Like
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
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…

Kenneth Patchen’s “(#137) 3 Cats” is among the works on view in “The Painted Word.”

Poets go graphic in ‘The Painted Word’ at Meridian Gallery

In the 1950s and ’60s, San Francisco’s creative energy inspired notable poets.…

Kenneth Patchen’s “(#137) 3 Cats” is among the works on view in “The Painted Word.”
Courtesy photoMultimedia show: Push Dance Company — including

Push Dance Company presents ‘Bitter Melon’

We pass them every day — quaint historical relics, echoes of local…

Courtesy photoMultimedia show: Push Dance Company — including
Courtesy PhotoPrints: Claes Oldenburg’s “Profile Airflow” (1969) is among works on display at the de Young Museum.

Take a gallery or museum break

A list of events and exhibits happening in the San Francisco art…

Courtesy PhotoPrints: Claes Oldenburg’s “Profile Airflow” (1969) is among works on display at the de Young Museum.
Flash of energy  Poklong Anading’s “Anonymity” is among the dozens of contemporary works on view throughout the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy photo)

Asian Art Museum exhibits ‘Phantoms of Asia’

A big, pioneering exhibition is turning the Asian Art Museum inside out…

Flash of energy  Poklong Anading’s “Anonymity” is among the dozens of contemporary works on view throughout the Asian Art Museum. (Courtesy photo)
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.
Courtesy photoIndigenous life: Graciela Iturbide’s 1979 “La Nuestra Senora de las Iguanas

SFMOMA showcases vivid images from Mexico

Based in a culture with artistic traditions going back centuries, Mexican photography…

Courtesy photoIndigenous life: Graciela Iturbide’s 1979 “La Nuestra Senora de las Iguanas

Oakland Museum showcases 1968 in glory, tragedy

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

Courtesy photoFamed designs: Patterns by William Morris — including a “Pomegranate” wallpaper sketch illustrating his grid system — are among dozens of objects on view.

Legion’s exhibit showcases Victorian pursuit of beauty

In 1851, a 17-year-old William Morris vomited outside London’s Crystal Palace. Having…

Courtesy photoFamed designs: Patterns by William Morris — including a “Pomegranate” wallpaper sketch illustrating his grid system — are among dozens of objects on view.
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.
This striking untitled painting by Mark Stock suggests a scene from a mid-20th-century movie.

Evocative images of a film set

Stunning skill and imagination characterize paintings by Oakland artist Mark Stock, whose…

This striking untitled painting by Mark Stock suggests a scene from a mid-20th-century movie.
David Middlebrook sculpture

On Display

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

David Middlebrook sculpture
Grand ideas: A screen print of Buckminster Fuller and Chuck Byrne’s patent for the Dymaxion car is among the items on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The extraordinary plans of Bucky Fuller

A strange and wondrous world is on view at the San Francisco…

Grand ideas: A screen print of Buckminster Fuller and Chuck Byrne’s patent for the Dymaxion car is among the items on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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.