Museo Nacional del Prado – Madrid

an outstanding catalogue of the painting collection, published by the museum Mythology & History in the Great Paintings of the Prado (1998), Rosa Lopez Torrijos The main building that houses the  ...

The Graphic Works of Ed Ruscha

The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, a lively component of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, has scored a coup with a major acquisition: the complete (now and future) graphic archive of American artist Ed Ruscha (say Rew-Shay).  ...

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Portraits

The initial impact of Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition of a dozen black-and-white "portraits" at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery derives from sheer size (the photographs are uniformly about five by four feet) and from dramatic lighting--his figures are posed under strong  ...

Musee Jacquemart-Andre – Paris

Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Virgin Mary and Child with John the Baptist, Angels and The Holy Father 15the century photo credit: Jacquemart-Andre Collection When the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay are on strike or closed for a  ...

Sol Lewitt: A Retrospective

Buy the Lewitt poster at barewalls.com The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is housed in a striking 1995 building by Swiss architect Mario Botta. At the heart of the building is a skylit atrium, a soaring space in  ...

Edward Steichen

Talk to most any professional photographer today and Edward Steichen (1879-1973) is acknowledged as an influence and respected for his pioneering work that helped establish the medium as fine art. He bucked conventional standards as he experimented with filters  ...

Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception

It may come as news to Ansel Adams fans that a photographer working 100 years earlier took a series of photographs of Yosemite Valley that surpass Adams’ own work there in immediacy, composition, and lushness of detail. It may  ...