Visual Arts

Jason Mecier’s ‘Celebrity Trash’ a pop culture bonanza

San Francisco artist Jason Mecier makes portraits of celebrities -- using the…

Train travelers on personal journeys in McNair Evans’ photos

McNair Evans photographs people and landscapes affected by modernization, both realistically and…

Bill Graham’s vivid back story told in ‘Revolution’ at the CJM

There are the cool, familiar Fillmore posters, photos of Jimi Hendrix and…

Annie Leibovitz tackles huge topic in Presidio photo show

Annie Leibovitz returned to The City this week to open the U.S.…

Oscar de la Renta created designs to make women feel lovely

Quite a bit about “Oscar de la Renta,” the first major retrospective…

Felines come to fore in Bonnard masterpieces

Oh, to be a cat in one of Pierre Bonnard’s paintings. Bonnard…

Diverse Islamic art spans centuries in ‘Pearls’

An extraordinary bejeweled antique gun, complete with a case of glittering accessories,…

Vishniac photos depict pre-WWII Jews, and more

For decades, Roman Vishniac was recognized mainly for photographs he took of…

Islamic art in spotlight in ‘Language of the Quran’

Islamic art -- not often seen in museums and galleries in this…

Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive opens spiffy new building

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is…

Expanded S.F. Arts Commission Gallery showcases diverse local artists

Local artists with different cultural histories and creative methods address the complex…

Artist David Ireland’s legacy lives on at 500 Capp Street

Work by the late contemporary artist David Ireland -- known for finding…

YBCA’s ‘Office Space’ deconstructs post-industrial economy

Walking through “Office Space” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has…

Feelin’ groovy on the time-traveling Magic Bus

What a day for a daydream, indeed. The Magic Bus takes off…

MoAD exhibits address history, racism and more

Three shows at the Museum of the African Diaspora exemplify the organization’s…

‘Looking East’ reveals Japan’s influence on Western art

All styles Japanese became the rage in Europe and North America after…

Technology-driven artworks amaze in CJM’s ‘NEAT’

The works in “NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology” at the…

Amy Ahlstrom’s ‘pop art in fabric’ on view at Open Studios

A truly satisfying experience for all concerned, San Francisco Open Studios turns…

Asian Art Museum plans big 50th season

A precious piece of meat is among the attractions coming to the…

Edward Burtynsky photos serve as environmental warning

Edward Burtynsky isn’t your typical nature photographer: His works, often beautiful, also…