Fine Arts

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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.
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Plastic cameras reveal the cheap and cheerful

Never underestimate the power and pleasures of a cheap toy camera. The…

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Courtesy photoWild: “Vegetal Cathedral” by Spanish surrealist Remedios Varo is on view at Frey Norris Gallery.

Surrealistic fables from Remedios Varo

An intriguing sense of mystery pervades each of the 13 oil paintings…

Courtesy photoWild: “Vegetal Cathedral” by Spanish surrealist Remedios Varo is on view at Frey Norris Gallery.
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Amazing cityscapes by Ben Aronson

The unique and varied richness in “Ben Aronson: Here and Now,” an…

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Courtesy photoRetrospective view: Sculptures by the late Stephen De Staebler

De Staebler show opens de Young post-Buchanan era

A new exhibit of works by sculptor Stephen De Staebler at the…

Courtesy photoRetrospective view: Sculptures by the late Stephen De Staebler
COURTESY PhotoFlights of fancy: Characters created by L. Frank Baum made their way into comics

Characters from ‘Oz’ fill comics, too

In 1900, the children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L.…

COURTESY PhotoFlights of fancy: Characters created by L. Frank Baum made their way into comics
Courtesy photoSECA winner Mauricio Ancalmo’s “A Lover’s Discourse” includes a 16mm film projector

SFMOMA exhibit has challenges, rewards

Acronyms for some organizations are easily identifiable. Most people know what IBM…

Courtesy photoSECA winner Mauricio Ancalmo’s “A Lover’s Discourse” includes a 16mm film projector
Courtesy photoSan Francisco Ballet’s “Program 3” opens with Bolshoi director Alexei Ratmansky’s “Carnival of the Animals

San Francisco classical and dance programs abound in 2012

The year 2012 is making a great start, with classical and dance…

Courtesy photoSan Francisco Ballet’s “Program 3” opens with Bolshoi director Alexei Ratmansky’s “Carnival of the Animals
Courtesy photoMan at work: “The Oysterman” is among the vivid images on view at the California Historical Society in “Oyster Farm.”

California Historical Society exhibit depicts an oyster farm in action

The thoroughness with which photographer Evvy Eisen has documented all aspects of…

Courtesy photoMan at work: “The Oysterman” is among the vivid images on view at the California Historical Society in “Oyster Farm.”
Courtesy photoPainter John Waguespack takes on film icons — such as James Dean in “Reconstructing Dean” — in his solo show

Painter John Waguespack takes apart Tinseltown

Painter John Waguespack is the consummate outsider artist. A former ad agency…

Courtesy photoPainter John Waguespack takes on film icons — such as James Dean in “Reconstructing Dean” — in his solo show
courtesy photoGrotesque and compelling: Works by Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Meatyard’s gruesome images provoke varied interpretation

Masks scare people. Their stony visages — frozen fixtures in place of…

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courtesy photoPersonal wishes: Vintage handmade cards by Disney employees are on view in S.F.

Holiday greetings from Disney artists

Walt Disney is rightfully respected and beloved as an artistic figurehead and…

courtesy photoPersonal wishes: Vintage handmade cards by Disney employees are on view in S.F.
Courtesy photoHistoric view: Angelo A. Sottosanti’s 1941 “San Francisco Outdoor Art Exhibit” illustrates a Depression-era federal art project.

Legion exhibit showcases SF views from artists’ eyes

With the exhibition “Artistic San Francisco,” Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco…

Courtesy photoHistoric view: Angelo A. Sottosanti’s 1941 “San Francisco Outdoor Art Exhibit” illustrates a Depression-era federal art project.
Courtesy photoClassic dance: Yaelisa and Juan Ogalla perform in “Solo Flamenco

Caminos' ‘Solo Flamenco’ goes to heart of the genre

For the past three years, Yaelisa, artistic director of Caminos Flamencos, experimented…

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Courtesy photoThe founder of democratic China is the subject of “Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy” on view in the Chinese Center in the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

A look at Sun Yat-sen’s life and legacy

“Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy” is a rich exhibition celebrating  the…

Courtesy photoThe founder of democratic China is the subject of “Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy” on view in the Chinese Center in the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.
Multidimensional movement: Liss Fain Dance performs “The False and True Are One” — a piece with music and witty text — at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy photo)Multidimensional movement: Liss Fain Dance performs “The False and True Are One” — a piece with music and witty text — at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy photo)

Liss Fain Dance goes literary in ‘The False and True Are One’

Dance audiences pay to watch dancers move. But Liss Fain Dance, not…

Multidimensional movement: Liss Fain Dance performs “The False and True Are One” — a piece with music and witty text — at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy photo)Multidimensional movement: Liss Fain Dance performs “The False and True Are One” — a piece with music and witty text — at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy photo)
New work: Dance Brigade members appearing in “The Great Liberation Upon Hearing” are

Krissy Keefer celebrates 35 of dance inspired by feminist activism

“Feminism is an f-word at this point,” says Krissy Keefer, the activist,…

New work: Dance Brigade members appearing in “The Great Liberation Upon Hearing” are
Pride and glory: Tintoretto’s 16th-century “Portrait of a Man in Gold-Trimmed Armor” is among the European masterworks on view at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy photo)Pride and glory: Tintoretto’s 16th-century “Portrait of a Man in Gold-Trimmed Armor” is among the European masterworks on view at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy photo)

‘Masters of Venice’ at de Young Museum in San Francisco

The origin of the de Young Museum’s current exhibition, “Masters of Venice:…

Pride and glory: Tintoretto’s 16th-century “Portrait of a Man in Gold-Trimmed Armor” is among the European masterworks on view at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy photo)Pride and glory: Tintoretto’s 16th-century “Portrait of a Man in Gold-Trimmed Armor” is among the European masterworks on view at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy photo)
Riveting images: “Polka Dots

Francesca Woodman exhibit displays haunting beauty

It’s hard to imagine an artist barely out of college deserving a…

Riveting images: “Polka Dots