Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Edward S. Curtis and One Hundred Masterworks'

Palm Springs Art Museum is presenting the extraordinary "Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks exhibition," featuring vintage photographs that represent an important historical documentary of the Indians of North America; and "Changing the Tone: Contemporary American Indian Photographers," which showcases works by living artists of Native American heritage. The exhibitions are on view now through May 29, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

'Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective' at the de Young

"A garden is probably the most spiritual and purest of joys. It's a communion with nature and beauty in the most simple and fundamental form," said Oscar de la Renta, shortly before he passed, in 2014. Himself a talented gardener, the designer was beloved for his exceptional floral prints. Now open at the de Young Museum, Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective, is a full-bloom tribute to the dazzling career of a man who truly celebrated life. (from 7x7)."

Cynic that I am, I would add that he celebrated life among and for the wealthy and made himself very rich doing so. The exhibit celebrates the thin, the famous and those with deep, deep pocketbooks. I can assure you that nobody at the Gala wore a Mohawk hairdo. The Chairwoman of the Board of the FAMSF was ecstatic. Why have an exhibit of serious art when you can show couture for wealthy women?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spring shows at the Asian Art Museum

"Pearls on a string" at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
"Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts." In May 2013, the National Endowment for the Humanities made a gift to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore that underwrote an exhibition drawn in part from its collection of Islamic art and manuscripts. That exhibit has now traveled to San Francisco. In a journey spanning the 16th through 18th centuries, "Pearls on a String" takes viewers to through three Islamic capitals to answer the question "Who's behind the art?"

Friday, December 18, 2015

Raphael's 'Lady with a Unicorn' comes to SF's Legion of Honor in January

In his "Lives of the Artists," Renaissance writer Vasari declared that Heaven had bestowed upon Raphael the “infinite riches of her treasure.. of modesty, grace and talent.” His work personified the Renaissance ideals of clarity, order and balance.

Viewers will have a chance to decide for themselves when “Lady with a Unicorn." a one-painting exhibit opens at theLegion of Honor in January 2016. The work comes to us via the Cincinnati Art Museum and marks the very first timeRaphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” has visited the United States, itself a reason for celebration.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

'Sunrise' and 'Time Tunnel' at the Chnese Culture Foundation

“Sunrise." by the Chinese Culture Foundation, is a project which takes the mundane pedestrian bridge from the Chinatown Hilton to Portsmouth Square and elevates it to a vision for Chinatown’s future. The bridge was built as a compromise for the 27-story hotel tower blocking sunlight to the square known by many as Chinatown’s living room. 

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