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Skin! From now through January 20, 2020, the California Academy of Sciences is presenting Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity. Skin protects the porcupine fish from the teeth of the deadly piranha, the Kenyan farmer from the Equatorial sun, the black rhino from just about everything. Skin also creates identities, ideals of beauty, excuses for hate […]

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Andy Warhol: Beyond the Soup Can If you ask anybody to name the most famous contemporary (OK, almost contemporary) artist, nine times out of ten, they’ll say, “Andy Warhol.” They’ll be right. Between the Campbell’s soup cans, the Marilyn Monroe portraits, the Brillo Pad boxes, and Warhol’s saucy blonde wig, he was the most outrageous, […]

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The most exciting exhibit I’ve seen this year is at MoAD, Museum of the African Diaspora. Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold will run through August 11.            Though I approach anything subtitled “A Post-Colonial Paradox” gingerly, in this case I should have let my guard down. It’s not doctrinaire, not a visual polemic — the show is filled […]

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Best. Exhibit. Ever. If you’re not lucky enough to live in San Francisco, this exhibit is worth a trip to the City by the Bay. Well worth it. The show, which runs till October 28, is Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season. It is exclusive to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and will not tour. […]

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They came to the tracks … June 5, 1968. Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated. June 8, 1968. The funeral train carrying RFK’s body begins its journey from New York City to Washington, D.C. On board the train is photojournalist Paul Fusco. But Fusco doesn’t take pictures on the train. He photographs the thousands of people […]

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, is presenting Robert Rauschenberg, Erasing the Rules. Not only was Rauschenberg one of the leading lights of 20th century American art, he was — at least to me — the artist who changed art from A to B. A is what you see on the canvas, the […]

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DOUBLE HEADER (First Game) On their next trip to San Francisco, your readers can take in a big double-header. Here’s the first game: Through February 4, 2018, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, is hosting “Walker Evans,” a humungous retrospective of the seminal 20th century photographer’s work. His most famous photo is here, […]

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On their next trip to San Francisco, your readers can take in a big double-header. Through February 4, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, is hosting “Walker Evans,” a humungous retrospective of the seminal 20th century photographer’s work. Four-hundred images, some little larger than postage stamps— it’s informative, and it is exhausting. But […]

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