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Wildly Wonderful
By Ann Taylor (Sep 18, 2009)
Many of us grew up with Max and his wolf suit, wishing that we, too, could go and rule where the wild things are, far away from the everyday problems of family and school and being a kid. The Contemporary Jewish Museumís Thereís a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak presents this familiar childhood favorite, and many others written and/or illustrated by Maurice Sendak, in a way that not only reminds audiences of why they loved Where The Wild Things Are as a child, but also why that book, and Sendakís work in general, still has relevance -- for adults as well as for children. More
A Refreshing Perspective
By Ann Taylor (Jul 24, 2009)
At the mention of the word ďsamurai", the mind immediately fills with romantic images of a warrior willing to die rather than betray his honor, of men bravely riding into battle on horseback, swiftly cutting down all before them, and perhaps even of secret trysts with exotic princesses under softly falling cherry blossoms. Most of us have likely gleaned what little knowledge we have of the samurai from popular culture -- The Last Samurai, The Seven Samurai, "Heroes", and various other portrayals of this mysterious brotherhood of warriors. More
Outstanding Art of the Afterlife
By Ann Taylor (Jun 26, 2009)
The treasures of ancient Egypt have fascinated the modern imagination ever since the rash of excavations in the 19th century. A rich culture that lasted for thousands of years, the kingdom of ancient Egypt pre-dated the Greeks and lasted about three times as long as the Roman Empire. However, over the course of the past five thousand years, many of the treasures of Egypt have been looted and stolen, scattered all over the world in private collections and public museums. More
The True King of Pop
By Ann Taylor (May 1, 2009)
Campbellís soup cans and Brillo boxes are perhaps the most common images associated with Andy Warhol, along with his four-panel, boldly colored portraits of the stars. However, his fascination with (and substantial creation of) popular culture led his artistic experimentation into numerous other realms, including music, film, TV, and the printed word. Warhol Live, at the De Young until May 17th, is a sprawling exhibition of Warholís forays into these pockets of pop culture, exposing the true extent of his fascination and involvement with all manner of media. More
Splendor and Spectacle
By Ann Taylor (Jan 9, 2009)
Yves Saint Laurent is perhaps one of the most famous names in fashion, and this exhibition shows us exactly why. From clean, elegant lines to outrageous color combinations and materials, Yves Saint Laurentís designs present a fantastic palette of fashion, its evolution as well as aberrations. The exhibition is a retrospective of Laurentís work since the 1960s, covering not only a broad time period, but also a huge number of styles, materials, themes, influences, and interests. More
Systematic Landscapes
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 21, 2008)
The 49-year old sculptor and architect Maya Lin is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a monument that attests to the artistís ability to elicit emotion from a viewer through minimal attempts at representation, and a concurrent reliance on the associative factors of vision and memory to create the desired response. Linís monumental approach to her sculpture can also be found in her recent exhibition at the de Young Museum, ďMaya Lin: Systematic Landscapes", which follows on the heels of her recent installation at the new California Academy of Sciences. More
A Rich Assortment
By Nirmala Nataraj (Sep 12, 2008)
The latest exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, ďArts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia", on display through March 1st in the museumís Tateuchi Gallery, is an all-encompassing glimpse into the richness and variety of Islamic art, dating from the death of the prophet Muhammad to contemporary 20th and 21st century interpretations of Islam and the cultural and artistic forces that have continued to shape its reception on a global scale. More
MoAdís timely exhibit a must-see
By Jessica Moskowitz (Aug 24, 2008)
On exhibit at the de Young is the vibrant work of Chihuly and SFMOMA has the revolutionary work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. If youíve already been to San Franciscoís big two, itís time to explore the Museum of African Diasporaís (MoAD) contemplative, civically-inspiring ďDouble Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera", organized by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture with curators Lisa Henry, M.A. and W. Frank Mitchell, Ph.D. This timely, collective body of work is not to be missed, especially considering the African American population of San Francisco is depleting faster than you can say gentrification. More
Where is the Bay Area Now?
By Michelle Wallace (Aug 8, 2008)
When galleries and cities begin recurring art exhibitions, they make long term commitment to showcasing their regionís art well into the future. Twelve years ago, San Franciscoís Yerba Buena Center for the Arts committed to the Bay Area with the initiation of its triennial exhibition, Bay Area Now. Only this year, just four triennials in, they almost didnít hold BAN 5. More
Artist, Icon, Revolutionary
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 11, 2008)
Frida Kahlo is typically rendered as either the eccentric lady artist of the mustache and unibrow, memorialized by Hollywood goddess Salma Hayek, or the shunned wife of legendary muralist and revolutionary Diego Rivera. In a new touring exhibition organized by Kahlo biographer and art historian Hayden Herrera, we get to see Kahlo in all her incarnationsóprimarily through a slew of seductive, mysterious, and sometimes claustrophobic self-portraits that describe vicissitudes of political and personal agony, as well as the ultimate triumph of self-definition through the manufacturing of Kahloís own image. More
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