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On the way to the Frank Stella retrospective at the de Young Museum, we wondered why this exhibition is so important. Is Stella that influential in the art world beyond abstract expressionism?   The short answer is yes. Over the past six decades, the very-much-alive Stella has done more to innovate, disrupt and re-invent art […]

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Band of Brothers Somewhere around 1600, in a remote French town, three brothers were born. They grew up strange; not only did they live together all their lives (none of them married), they worked together every day. And they were staggeringly gifted artists whose paintings often depicted poor peasants in a sympathetic way. Meet the […]

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Fresh Eyes It’s rare when works of art — books, movies, photos — can change your perspective. But Anthony Hernandez, whose photo retrospective is the first special exhibition of San Francisco’s recently re-opened SFMOMA, did just that for me. Like Ed Ruscha, whose retrospective is featured a few miles away at the de Young, many […]

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The B-Side Two sister museums, the de Young and the Legion of Honor, are hosting western-themed exhibits. The star attraction, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, is at the de Young in Golden Gate Park. The B-side, Wild West: Plains to the Pacific, is at the more remote Legion. But like “I Will Survive” […]

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Bill Graham (1931–1991). Most people know Bill Graham as one of the greatest rock concert promoters ever. He opened Fillmore West and Fillmore East as public stages for rock music legends such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones. He partied with the likes of Janis Joplin, […]

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Let us introduce you to Anders Zorn. Zorn (1860 – 1920) was a Swedish painter and printmaker in etching. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden and became well known in his time as a portrait painter. He painted portraits of two American presidents, Cleveland and Taft, and he made an etching portrait of […]

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For years, MoAD, San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora, languished. Opened with much fanfare in 2005, it was pretty much static until late 2013. In 2013, Linda Harris, a human dynamo from Chicago, took over the reins. Since then, the museum, which sits between SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and CMJ (Contemporary Jewish Museum), […]

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San Francisco loves its fights, especially intellectual fights. Here’s a current one — along with paintings and sculpture, the de Young Museum has hosted several major fashion exhibits: Saint Laurent, Bulgari, Gaultier, and now, Oscar de la Renta. Fashion’s popular, but is it art? We say yes. And even if it’s not elevated to the […]

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