Visual Arts

Rong Rong and Inri’s evocative “Untitled No. 25” is among the new works on view in "First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian," opening Sept. 4. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

2015 Fall Arts Museums and Galleries Preview

Museums showcase masterworks -- from antiques to avant-garde. OPENING First Look: Collecting…

Rong Rong and Inri’s evocative “Untitled No. 25” is among the new works on view in "First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian," opening Sept. 4. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)
Gabriela Hasbun’s “Little Russia”  is among the evocative photographic views of The City in “Project 24 San Francisco.” (Courtesy Dryansky Gallery)

Untouched photos reveal a day in the life of S.F.

Wanting to keep photography honest in the age of digital manipulation, “Project…

Gabriela Hasbun’s “Little Russia”  is among the evocative photographic views of The City in “Project 24 San Francisco.” (Courtesy Dryansky Gallery)
“Blue Still Life” is among the vibrant works on view in “Suggestions of Life in the Dappled.” (Courtesy Hermitage Art Center)

International artist Vadim Puyandaev melds genres

Vadim Puyandaev creates paintings that are classically rooted, stylistically modern and vibrant…

“Blue Still Life” is among the vibrant works on view in “Suggestions of Life in the Dappled.” (Courtesy Hermitage Art Center)
The late singer’s fashion sense is among the topics addressed in “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (Courtesy Mark Okoh/Camera Press London)

‘Portrait’ simply showcases Amy Winehouse’s formative years

Known for the big and tragic things -- her voice, beehive, addictions…

The late singer’s fashion sense is among the topics addressed in “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. (Courtesy Mark Okoh/Camera Press London)
Lights and reflections stand out in Jeremy Mann’s evocative “Evening Storm On Market.” (Courtesy Jeremy Mann)

Artist Jeremy Mann shows San Francisco in new light

Artist Jeremy Mann applies paint to panel in efficient, splendid ways. His…

Lights and reflections stand out in Jeremy Mann’s evocative “Evening Storm On Market.” (Courtesy Jeremy Mann)
“Refugees After the Quake, 1906” by Arnold Genthe is among the historical photos in "San Francisco: Rebirth of the Enduring City” at Robert Tat Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

Photos showcase S.F. over a century

Local history unfolds, and photography emerges as one of the modern era’s…

“Refugees After the Quake, 1906” by Arnold Genthe is among the historical photos in "San Francisco: Rebirth of the Enduring City” at Robert Tat Gallery. (Courtesy photo)
“Bacchanalia” is among the whimsical envelope paintings by Clayton Lewis on view at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.  (Courtesy photo)

Clayton Lewis’ hand-painted envelopes prompt smiles

When 20th-century artist Clayton Lewis sent letters to his mother, he mailed…

“Bacchanalia” is among the whimsical envelope paintings by Clayton Lewis on view at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.  (Courtesy photo)
PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard is a musician, painter and photographer whose works (“Red Hot Paradise” is pictured) are on display in South San Francisco and San Bruno this week.  (Courtesy PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard)

PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard aims to heal with her art

San Francisco-based PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard has her mother and father to thank for…

PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard is a musician, painter and photographer whose works (“Red Hot Paradise” is pictured) are on display in South San Francisco and San Bruno this week.  (Courtesy PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard)
Victor Brauner’s evocative 1934 oil “Indicateur de l’Éspace” is among the paintings on view in “Science and Surrealism” at Gallery Wendi Norris in The City. (Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco)

Master surrealists find inspiration from physics

Born in modern times, the surrealist movement produced a startlingly new kind…

Victor Brauner’s evocative 1934 oil “Indicateur de l’Éspace” is among the paintings on view in “Science and Surrealism” at Gallery Wendi Norris in The City. (Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco)
J.M.W. Turner’s vivid and historical oil "The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834” is on view at the de Young Museum. COURTESY PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. THE JOHN HOWARD MCFADDEN COLLECTION

J.M.W. Turner’s radical masterworks grace ‘Painting Set Free’

Joseph Mallord William Turner created staggeringly luminous paintings – mythological, historical and…

J.M.W. Turner’s vivid and historical oil "The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834” is on view at the de Young Museum. COURTESY PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. THE JOHN HOWARD MCFADDEN COLLECTION
Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes’ new book is filled with stimulating pictures and  and short essays.  COURTESY PHOTO

Design master Rob Forbes promotes new ways of seeing

It’s one of life’s ironies that after our infant brains perform the…

Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes’ new book is filled with stimulating pictures and  and short essays.  COURTESY PHOTO
Oakland artist Vanessa Marsh’s mixed media “Mountains 4” is among the works on view in “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. COURTESY DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY/ VANESSA MARSH

Evocative CJM exhibit urges contemplation of day vs. night

The intersection of space, time and beauty is the focus of a…

Oakland artist Vanessa Marsh’s mixed media “Mountains 4” is among the works on view in “Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time and Beauty” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. COURTESY DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY/ VANESSA MARSH
“The Art of Inside Out” is a pictorial account of the new Disney-Pixar movie.  COURTESY PHOTO

‘Inside Out’ drawings reveal Pixar’s elaborate process

Human emotions are a riddle – a never-ending game decorated with slip-sloppy…

“The Art of Inside Out” is a pictorial account of the new Disney-Pixar movie.  COURTESY PHOTO
Peaches Christ is among the local celebrities appearing in “OUTspoken: Portraits of LGBTQ Luminariesn” COURTESY S.F. ARTS COMMISSION/ ROGER ERICKSON

Pride illuminated in Roger Erickson’s ‘OUTspoken’ photos

Photographer Roger Erickson calls the characters he captured in his new show…

Peaches Christ is among the local celebrities appearing in “OUTspoken: Portraits of LGBTQ Luminariesn” COURTESY S.F. ARTS COMMISSION/ ROGER ERICKSON
Zhang Huan's 1997 photograph “To Raise The Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant)” is among the arresting pieces on view in “28 Chinese” at the Asian Art Museum. COURTESY RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION

Contemporary artists in spotlight in ’28 Chinese’

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum's new exhibit "28 Chinese" showcases the fruits…

Zhang Huan's 1997 photograph “To Raise The Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant)” is among the arresting pieces on view in “28 Chinese” at the Asian Art Museum. COURTESY RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
“Populart,” a 2015 oil-on-board construction, is among the wild works in “Patrick Hughes: Opperspective.” COURTESY SCOTT RICHARDS CONTEMPORARY ART

Patrick Hughes an illusionist with a paintbrush

Foreground is background, background is foreground and static images appear to shift…

“Populart,” a 2015 oil-on-board construction, is among the wild works in “Patrick Hughes: Opperspective.” COURTESY SCOTT RICHARDS CONTEMPORARY ART

Art for health program offered at NYC hospital

A new program lets uninsured New York City artists exchange their art…