David Hockney

What distinguishes a fine contemporary artist from a master? One may find the answer at the extraordinary “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition.” Belying his age of 76, Hockney’s fabulous 398-piece show explores his brilliant talent, youthful enthusiasm, bountiful productivity  ...

Alex Katz

Everyone wants to fit in, even artists. But Alex Katz has never fit into mainstream modernism, or what passes for postmodernism today. Art historians and the general public have tried to pigeonhole him as a pop artist because he uses  ...

Beyond Belief

The vibrant and stimulating “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art” was jointly organized by San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “SFMOMA on the Go” program. It’s the first of  ...

Félix Ziem

At the Petit Palais, "Félix Ziem, j’ai rêvé le beau" could easily carry the subtitle “How to Make a Great Exhibition for a Mediocre Artist” (as it is, the title is best translated in English as “Félix Ziem, I dreamed  ...

Les Milles et Une Nuits (1001 Nights)

The French have a word, dépaysement. Roughly translated, it means the disorientation one experiences in a new culture away from one’s home country. It is an apt word to describe how I felt after leaving the Institut du Monde Arabe  ...

Garry Winogrand

This is the first retrospective of Winogrand’s photographs in 25 years. Jointly organized by SFMOMA and the National Gallery of Art, it’s a fabulous show with more than 300 images, a hundred of which are being shown for the first  ...

Eye Level in Iraq, SF

Falluja, Iraq, September 5, 2003. Digital inkjet print. High Museum of Art, Atlanta.Photo © by Kael Alford Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson deYoung Museum, San Francisco Feb. 9 – June 16, 2013  ...