Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

'Gorgeous' closing at the Asian Art Museum

SFMOMA is closed for renovation but continues to be present in the Bay Area's art world. Last week, they, in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum opened "Gorgeous," the museum equivalent of a summer movie. "Gorgeous" works like an arranged marriage, which is to say, sort of, kind of and not at all.

The show pairs vulgar, crass and relentlessly commercial modern art with the elegant, spiritual and timelessly beautiful art of Asia. The show's principal curators - Forrest McGill and Alison Harding of the Asian must have raided the Oxford English Dictionary to fish out every synonym, antonym or association that the word "gorgeous" would evoke.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The poetry of Parmigianino's 'Schiava Turca' at the Legion

"Schiava Turca” (“Turkish Slave”) arrived at the Legion of Honor, cloaked in mystery. A small painting, set within an elaborate gold frame, the lady is winsome and coy, from her stripped turban, heavily rouged cheeks and delicately arched eyebrows to the tips of her graceful fingertips. On loan from the Galleria Nazionale di Parma, it was painted between 1531 and 1534 in Parma.

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Caturday: Cat Investigates Lemon Slice, Because Apparently Sour Things Are Suspicious

Lemons seem pretty innocuous in the scheme of the larger universe, but maybe not to this suspicious cat.

In the video -- posted in 2012 by YouTube user 220hime, but recently surfaced by Tastefully Offensive -- our feline friend Hime paws and prods a lemon like a furry lil' detective.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tango in the hood from People in Plazas

HDM/SF Switch Tango presents Switch Tango Milonga as part of People in Plazas
at the new McCoppin Hub: 16 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Thursday, September 11, 7-10pm FREE

SF Switch Tango provides a night of tango 21st century-style: everyone both leads and follows, with DJ'd tango music that is an inspiring mix of classic, contemporary, and electronica.

7pm:  LESSON taught gender-neutral by SF Switch Tango's Ali Woolwich provides all some chewy moves in leading, following and transitions to get you ready to dance at a milonga to remember.

8pm:  DANCE Switch Tango Milonga, with Mission:Fusion/Tango Atipico DJ Jamie Triplett.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Picks for the week of September 8. Coastal Arts League and Museum and more

Coastal Arts League and Museum in Half Moon Bay. The Peninsula Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art is presenting a show around the theme of water, a theme that resonates more strongly the longer the drought continues.

Some of the most beautiful work is by Alysanne McGaffey who was a part of the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the late 1950s and early 60s, while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. Like many artists, she was forced out of S.F. but moved down to Half Moon Bay and continues to create, although well into her 80's.

She continues to teach art and painting; for the last several decades focusing on watercolor. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout her career, is heavily involved in various art organizations and holding offices in several.

In her last show in SF, at the Lost Art Salon, the artist herself curated a group of watercolors depicting a lifelong devotion to the Pacific Ocean and its remarkable vistas.  McGaffey's roots in the Bay Area Figurative Movement are still palpable - in palette, stroke, and vibrancy; reminding us of the inherent similarities between the human figure and its environment. With titles such as "Sonoma Coast" and "Rockaway Beach", one can trace McGaffey's Bay Area route of inspiration.  Its effects are translated into vignettes of a coastal life, and ultimately, a life lead in pursuit of natural beauty.

Through October 12, 2014

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

September: Harvesting Grapes

  September: Harvesting Grapes an illuminated page from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry by the Limbourg Brothers