Goya: the Portraits

It's an unsettling experience, standing in front of the little pen and ink study which the Spanish artist Goya made of himself in 1795. He may in fact be concentrating on his own image in a mirror, but it's easy  ...

Roman Silver and Breuguet Watches at the Legion of Honor

  Two new exhibits at the impressive Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco displaying luxury goods are worthy of note. One is a retrospective of the work of the innovative watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet and his successors displaying more  ...

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a global phenomenon. As well as being one of the most recognizable artists working today, he's famous for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government and in particular of its record on human rights. So great is  ...

The World Goes Pop

Generally considered to be an Anglo-American phenomenon, Pop Art is most closely associated with artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, whose work offered a colourful and unconflicted commentary on modern commercial culture in screen prints of Campbell’s soup  ...

Art at Stanford University:

  The day was warm and the campus was quiet when my aunt and I toured two neighboring, but vastly dissimilar, art museums at Stanford University. We were there primarily to see the two new exciting acquisitions at the  ...

Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997-2014

Nineteen sculptures by Chicago-born sculptor Charles Ray fill three large galleries on the second floor of the Art Institute’s Modern Wing through October 4. Most of the pieces are figurative and tell their own stories, like “Sleeping Woman,” a life-size  ...

Amy Winehouse in Art and Film

  If you’re a fan or are merely curious about the late Grammy award-winning jazz/blues singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), and you’re able to get to San Francisco, you are in luck. After listening carefully to her music,  ...

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

    Joseph Cornell is one of the most famous yet enigmatic characters in twentieth-century American art. A leading exponent of collage and assemblage, and a connoisseur of an astonishing range of subjects, including astronomical charts and geographical  ...

Audrey Hepburn

    Audrey Hepburn had an extraordinary life, from her childhood as a ballerina, to her first taste of the theatre spotlight and becoming a Hollywood star. She became such an iconic figure that fashion designers were lining  ...