Visual Arts

Conceptual artist Sophie Calle documented reactions to her boyfriend’s breakup letter in ”Take Care of Yourself” (a detail with Laurie Anderson is pictured) on view in an extensive multimedia show at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin)

Sophie Calle ‘Missing’ evokes emotion

French conceptual artist Sophie Calle once received an email from a boyfriend,…

Conceptual artist Sophie Calle documented reactions to her boyfriend’s breakup letter in ”Take Care of Yourself” (a detail with Laurie Anderson is pictured) on view in an extensive multimedia show at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery and Galerie Perrotin)
The wife of a defendant is featured in Dorothea Lange’s Oakland-set 1957 series about the life of the Alameda County public defender. (Courtesy Oakland Museum of California/Gift of Paul S. Taylor)

There’s more to Dorothea Lange than ‘Migrant Mother’

Photographer Dorothea Lange is famous for her vivid, evocative portraits of Dust…

The wife of a defendant is featured in Dorothea Lange’s Oakland-set 1957 series about the life of the Alameda County public defender. (Courtesy Oakland Museum of California/Gift of Paul S. Taylor)
Edgar Degas’ “The Milliners” is a highlight of “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]

‘Degas’ at Legion of Honor reveals dynamic impressionist millinery scene

“Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor…

Edgar Degas’ “The Milliners” is a highlight of “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco]
Larger than Life,” a show of tapestries by Joseph Abbati of San Francisco drag queens, is on view in State Sen. Scott Wiener’s office. (Courtesy Joseph Abbati)

Drag queens art show adorns Scott Wiener’s office

Sen. Scott Wiener’s office is hosting a show of artist Joseph Abbati’s…

Larger than Life,” a show of tapestries by Joseph Abbati of San Francisco drag queens, is on view in State Sen. Scott Wiener’s office. (Courtesy Joseph Abbati)
A 19th century Thai watercolor of Buddha overcoming a demon -- and weapons transforming into lotus blossoms -- is on view at the Asian Art Museum in “Flower Power.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Asian Art Museum grooves with ‘Flower Power’

Embracing the flower as a hippie-era symbol of love and peace, “Flower…

A 19th century Thai watercolor of Buddha overcoming a demon -- and weapons transforming into lotus blossoms -- is on view at the Asian Art Museum in “Flower Power.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
Edvard Munch painted scenes from his life, including the colorful yet tense “The Artist and His Model.” (Courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

Seeing Munch beyond ‘The Scream’

Edvard Munch receives fresh consideration in a world-premiere exhibition that covers the…

Edvard Munch painted scenes from his life, including the colorful yet tense “The Artist and His Model.” (Courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
Weston Teruya’s  “Ground” revisits the eviction of residents of San Francisco’s I-Hotel in 1977.  (Courtesy Weston Teruya)

‘New Urban Legend’ exhibit tackles social issues

Artists and curators from the Bay Area and China address power, displacement,…

Weston Teruya’s  “Ground” revisits the eviction of residents of San Francisco’s I-Hotel in 1977.  (Courtesy Weston Teruya)
“Revelations 2,” a 1965 photo by Kelly Hart, pictures nude dancers at Berkeley’s Open Theater, clothed only by light. (Courtesy Kelly Hart/California Historical Society)

‘On the Road’ captures Summer of Love spirit

While’s there no shortage of 50th anniversary Summer of Love celebrations in…

“Revelations 2,” a 1965 photo by Kelly Hart, pictures nude dancers at Berkeley’s Open Theater, clothed only by light. (Courtesy Kelly Hart/California Historical Society)
Lisa Hanawalt’s amusing “Birds Hungry for Worms” is on view in “Tiny Bubbles” in the Veterans Building.  (Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission)

SF galleries’ show boasts whimsy, dark comedy

Fantasy creatures, candy-colored dreamscapes and darkly comic depictions of life’s grimmer realities…

Lisa Hanawalt’s amusing “Birds Hungry for Worms” is on view in “Tiny Bubbles” in the Veterans Building.  (Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission)
From left, Mark Nassar, Drew Todd, Lavale-William Davis, Shane Zaldivar, Christopher Alvaro, AeJay Mitchell and Tim Huls appeared in the first reading of”The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” at the Tenderloin Museum. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

Tenderloin Museum turns 2 with history-themed shows

The Tenderloin Museum celebrated its second anniversary Saturday with a community day…

From left, Mark Nassar, Drew Todd, Lavale-William Davis, Shane Zaldivar, Christopher Alvaro, AeJay Mitchell and Tim Huls appeared in the first reading of”The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” at the Tenderloin Museum. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
Matt O'Brien captures everyday life in Colombia -- such as "School girls, Medellín, 2010" -- in his photography show at the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco. (Courtesy Matt O’Brien, “No Dar Papaya”]

Colombia defies stereotypes in Matt O’Brien’s photographs

Long portrayed in the media and popular entertainment as a land of…

Matt O'Brien captures everyday life in Colombia -- such as "School girls, Medellín, 2010" -- in his photography show at the Colombian Consulate in San Francisco. (Courtesy Matt O’Brien, “No Dar Papaya”]
A room of colorful posters from the era is a highlight of "The Summer of Love Experience" at the de Young Museum. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

de Young Museum show recalls seminal 1967 summer

The phrase “summer of love” seems to be everywhere in the Bay…

A room of colorful posters from the era is a highlight of "The Summer of Love Experience" at the de Young Museum. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The composition of Richard Diebenkorn's 1964 graphite  and ink "Untitled" is reminiscent of works by Henri Matisse in a show on view at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.)

Matisse and Diebenkorn — meeting of creative minds

Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn never met, but Diebenkorn, the California postwar…

The composition of Richard Diebenkorn's 1964 graphite  and ink "Untitled" is reminiscent of works by Henri Matisse in a show on view at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.)
A shot of Jerry Garcia in Golden Gate Park is in “Jim Marshall’s 1967” at City Hall. (Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission/Jim Marshall Photography LLC]

Jim Marshall photos document SF’s Summer of Love

Jim Marshall, widely regarded as rock and roll’s premier photographer in the…

A shot of Jerry Garcia in Golden Gate Park is in “Jim Marshall’s 1967” at City Hall. (Courtesy San Francisco Arts Commission/Jim Marshall Photography LLC]
“Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam” (1871) is among the dramatic and appealing  works on view through May 29 in "Monet: The Early Years" at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

‘Monet: Early Years’ reveals a master in the making

Before he created his water-lily scenes and other Impressionist masterworks, Claude Monet…

“Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam” (1871) is among the dramatic and appealing  works on view through May 29 in "Monet: The Early Years" at the Legion of Honor. (Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
A life-sized jade burial suit for a king is among the impressive items in “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Sexy pleasures among Han Dynasty ‘Tomb Treasures’

It’s a stretch, but the Asian Art Museum is flogging its fascinating…

A life-sized jade burial suit for a king is among the impressive items in “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.” (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
“Community Memory,” a computer system used in Berkeley in 1973 is on view in “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.” (Courtesy BAMPFA)

Haight Ashbury meets Silicon Valley in ‘Hippie Modernism’

There’s no kitschy flower power in “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia”…

“Community Memory,” a computer system used in Berkeley in 1973 is on view in “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.” (Courtesy BAMPFA)
Comedy is a big part of Cary Leibowitz’s art. (Courtesy Cary Leibowitz /Invisible-Exports)

Cary Leibowitz’s pink insecurities in full view at CJM

In a window front on San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Lane, next to…

Comedy is a big part of Cary Leibowitz’s art. (Courtesy Cary Leibowitz /Invisible-Exports)
“Girl With a Pointy Hood and White Schoolbag at the Curb, N.Y.C. (1957)” is among the early pictures by Diane Arbus on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Estate of Diane Arbus)

Welcome to Diane Arbus’ world

An exhibition of early works by influential and controversial 20th-century photographer Diane…

“Girl With a Pointy Hood and White Schoolbag at the Curb, N.Y.C. (1957)” is among the early pictures by Diane Arbus on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Estate of Diane Arbus)
“My people: Love is stronger than hate” by Ekevara Kitpowsong is among the photos on view in the “4th Annual Latino Life.” (Courtesy Ekevara Kitpowsong)

‘Latino Life’ photo show ‘gives strength in current climate’

The “4th Annual Latino Life,” a photography show in San Francisco’s Mission,…

“My people: Love is stronger than hate” by Ekevara Kitpowsong is among the photos on view in the “4th Annual Latino Life.” (Courtesy Ekevara Kitpowsong)