Chihuly at the DeYoung

  Dale Chihuly has a huge international fan club that appreciates his unique striking glass works. To many outside the United States, Chihuly is considered the most famous living American artist of any genre. Yet, as an artist, Chihuly prompts  ...

Women Impressionists

San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Legion of Honor June 21–September 21, 2008 http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=794 San Francisco is the only venue for this exhibit. Even before I saw this remarkable exhibit, I decided that I would begin this review with a question:  ...

The Air is on Fire

You know what to expect with David Lynch. The Air is on Fire is the first significant exhibition of his visual art, certainly the most comprehensive. The entire Fondation Cartier in Montparnasse has been given over to a display painting,  ...

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Legion of Honor November 17, 2007-February 17, 2008 http://www.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=737 The San Francisco Fine Arts Museum Legion of Honor is blessed with the exclusive exhibition of  ...

Monet in Normandy

Monet's early painting, Garden at Sainte-Adresse, has been so often reproduced that it is familiar to most anyone with even a fleeting interest in art. But, as is invariably the case, reproductions can only hint at the sensual and  ...

Glass: Material Matters

Glass: Material Matters is the first exhibition of contemporary glass art ever organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. According to the foreword in the exhibition catalog by Bruce Robertson, deputy director of art programs, this is  ...

The Surreal Calder

The 1998 blockbuster Calder retrospective drew nearly 300,000 visitors to Washington's National Gallery and drew huge crowds when it was installed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art later that year. With some 250 works on display, the  ...

Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh

The new de Young Museum's major opening exhibition is Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, which attempts to dispel myths shrouding the legacy of an enigmatic ruler of ancient Egypt. It presents the changing perceptions of a queen who, while  ...

Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco

Taking its name from the reign of Emperor Taisho (1912-1926),the Taisho Era designates a brief but dynamic period of cultural change when Japan was becoming a modern, international presence. Some Japanese artists of the period experimented with Western aesthetics  ...