Visual Arts

“Calder-Picasso” juxtaposes sculptures and paintings by 20th century masters Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy Gary Sexton/2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society, New York)

‘Calder-Picasso’ showcases modern masters side-by-side

Artists explore empty space in representational and abstract works

“Calder-Picasso” juxtaposes sculptures and paintings by 20th century masters Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy Gary Sexton/2021 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society, New York)
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving “ showcases the artist’s colorful wardrobe, which reflects her love of Mexico and its culture. (Courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Frida Kahlo’s revealing personal items on view at the de Young

‘Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ promotes deeper understanding of famed Mexican artist

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving “ showcases the artist’s colorful wardrobe, which reflects her love of Mexico and its culture. (Courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
The deYoung Museum will reopen to the public March 6 with an exhibition of works by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. 
Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

de Young Museum to reopen with ‘Calder-Picasso’

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, The City’s museums and cultural institutions are reopening.…

The deYoung Museum will reopen to the public March 6 with an exhibition of works by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. 
Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Rev. Roland Gordon shows “The Great Cloud of Witnesses” collage mural at the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, which he began building in 1980.<ins> (</ins>

Rev. Roland Gordon preaches love in action

Pastor promotes peace, hope through art and prayer

Rev. Roland Gordon shows “The Great Cloud of Witnesses” collage mural at the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, which he began building in 1980.<ins> (</ins>
During COVID, San Francisco’s Chinese community is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a Year of the Ox public art installation instead of the big annual parade. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lunar New Year pivots from parade to public art

Check out ‘Year of the Ox’ sculptures around town

  • Feb 8, 2021
During COVID, San Francisco’s Chinese community is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a Year of the Ox public art installation instead of the big annual parade. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Amy Louise Chambers, known in her art community as Silver Lucy, celebrated Día de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Courtesy Robin Russell)

Friends, family fondly remember ‘Silver Lucy’

Fashion designer Amy Chambers sparkled with her art

  • Jan 7, 2021
Amy Louise Chambers, known in her art community as Silver Lucy, celebrated Día de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Courtesy Robin Russell)
Natty Rebel from the Bay Area Mural Program created this art work in Bayview-Hunters Point in collaboration with the Warriors and the Paint the Void project. (Courtesy Lisa Vortman)

Complex, political art defined SF in 2020

Year of quarantine saw lighthearted memes, a proliferation of murals and the toppling of statues

Natty Rebel from the Bay Area Mural Program created this art work in Bayview-Hunters Point in collaboration with the Warriors and the Paint the Void project. (Courtesy Lisa Vortman)
“Entwined,” created by Charles Gadeken, will light up Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow this winter.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco Recreation and Park Department)</ins>

‘Wonderland of lights’ coming to Golden Gate Park

‘Entwined’ art installation an ‘enchanted forest’ for the holidays

“Entwined,” created by Charles Gadeken, will light up Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow this winter.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco Recreation and Park Department)</ins>
The installation “Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale” is on view at the Legion of Honor, which reopens Oct. 30 with safety protocols in place. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Legion of Honor reopens in time for Halloween

‘A Gothic Tale’ among exhibitions on view

The installation “Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale” is on view at the Legion of Honor, which reopens Oct. 30 with safety protocols in place. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Bay Area artists jam-pack vivid ‘de Young Open’

Huge exhibition — with works for sale — showcases diversity, supports community

Curator Tim Burgard looks over a section of the galleries comprising “The de Young Open,” a huge, varied collection of work by Bay Area artists. (Photo courtesy Gary Sexton/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
“Zohar’s Studio,” an undated print, is among the provocative, intriguing works by Stephen Berkman on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (Courtesy Contemporary Jewish Museum)

Contemporary Jewish Museum reopens with sly, mysterious Zohar photos

Exhibition showcases witty 19th century-seeming images

“Zohar’s Studio,” an undated print, is among the provocative, intriguing works by Stephen Berkman on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (Courtesy Contemporary Jewish Museum)
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

S.F. museums to reopen to the public

Visitor capacity limited to 25 percent as safety measure

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” opening Sept. 25 at the de Young Museum, includes some of the artist’s colorful costumes. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Left: Cantor Arts Center has created an immersive virtual video of the exhibition “The Medium Is the Message: Art Since 1950.” Courtesy Cantor Arts Center

There’s no shortage of fine visual art online

Home computer offers OK way to take in an exhibition

Left: Cantor Arts Center has created an immersive virtual video of the exhibition “The Medium Is the Message: Art Since 1950.” Courtesy Cantor Arts Center
Daniel Tousignant’s Twin Peaks San Francisco is a table-top work created for Hearts in San Francisco, which benefits San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. (Courtesy San Francisco General Hospital Foundation)

SF heart art project seeks submissions

17th annual showcase-sale benefits hospital foundation

Daniel Tousignant’s Twin Peaks San Francisco is a table-top work created for Hearts in San Francisco, which benefits San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. (Courtesy San Francisco General Hospital Foundation)
The cast of San Francisco Arts Education Project’s “Bio Exuberance” devised dance, poetry, visual art, costumes and Zoom backgrounds to create a film collage from home. (Courtesy SFArtsED)

Youngsters reinvent gallery show as film

SFArtsEd students inspired by Zoe Farmer’s nature-themed works

The cast of San Francisco Arts Education Project’s “Bio Exuberance” devised dance, poetry, visual art, costumes and Zoom backgrounds to create a film collage from home. (Courtesy SFArtsED)
San Francisco portrait photographer Erica Deeman is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s “In the Artist’s Studio” program at 1 p.m. July 29. (Courtesy Lewis Watts)

Museum of African Diaspora hosts artists in studios

Program is among myriad online upcoming cultural presentations

San Francisco portrait photographer Erica Deeman is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s “In the Artist’s Studio” program at 1 p.m. July 29. (Courtesy Lewis Watts)
On display on a Twin Peaks hillside during San Francisco Pride since 1996, the Pink Triangle serves as reminder of the persecution gay people faced during the Holocaust and a celebration of victories since. (Gabrielle Lurie/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pink Triangle to light up for 25th anniversary

Iconic S.F. gay rights art installation shines on during pandemic

On display on a Twin Peaks hillside during San Francisco Pride since 1996, the Pink Triangle serves as reminder of the persecution gay people faced during the Holocaust and a celebration of victories since. (Gabrielle Lurie/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The SF Neon TenderNob tour showcased the elegant Ha-Ra sign, with a signature martini. (Courtesy SF Neon/Tenderloin Museum)

Virtual tour of SF neon signs as good as walk down Bush St.

Tenderloin Museum co-sponsors nifty online local art, history series

The SF Neon TenderNob tour showcased the elegant Ha-Ra sign, with a signature martini. (Courtesy SF Neon/Tenderloin Museum)
“The Territorial City” by Hannah Kim & Sayer Al Sayer is among the Curator’s Picks from the California College of the Arts Class of 2020 Showcase. (Courtesy CCA)

Bay Area higher education art students show work online

CCA, SFAI grads and undergrads present virtual exhibitions

“The Territorial City” by Hannah Kim & Sayer Al Sayer is among the Curator’s Picks from the California College of the Arts Class of 2020 Showcase. (Courtesy CCA)
Wildlife artist Sophie Murre’s print “Common Murres on the Farallon Islands” is among the items being auctioned by the Golden Gate Audubon Society. (Courtesy photo)

Golden Gate Audubon Society auctions bird-themed art

Sale to provide funds in wake of canceled benefit events

Wildlife artist Sophie Murre’s print “Common Murres on the Farallon Islands” is among the items being auctioned by the Golden Gate Audubon Society. (Courtesy photo)