Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fall's already here?

After last week's brutal heat wave, it's hard to believe that fall is here. Can it be? But a look at the calendar confirmed it. The kids are back in school and September is around the corner. From the art listings that fill up my in-box, we are in for a great fall season.

Currently Showing:

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas,” August 4, 2010 through January 2, 2011. This exhibition explores 500 years of visual cultures and histories of the water deity widely known as Mami Wata (“Mother Water”) through the diverse array of traditional and contemporary arts surrounding her — sculpture, paintings, masks, altars, and more from west and central Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States.

"Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Japanese Art From the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture." One of the fall's best shows is already up. Featuring 112 works, the exhibit ranges in date from the late Heian period (794–1185) to the twenty-first century. It includes all major areas of artistic endeavor in Japan—screens, scrolls, wood sculptures, textiles, ceramics, and works in bamboo The collection, divided sections for the exhibition, comprises serious, scholarly and orthodox art on the one hand, and humorous, playful and bizarre works on the other.  Through Dec. 12. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-0808,

See earlier posts for reviews and images:

Opening later in September:

Do you know the way to San Jose? If not, you should because the 2010 01SJ Biennial is one of the Bay Area's interestingly quirky art events. This year's theme, "Build your own world," looks to be another visionary, creative collaboration between artists, architects, computer programmers and other makers and doers. Sept 16-19. www.01sjorg

"HARVEST." What have you gathered? Responses from the community of Tenderloin based artists about their lives. 134A Golden Gate. Sep 1-Nov 30.

The season's blockbuster:

"Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the Musée d'Orsay." The second of two grand loan exhibitions from Paris. While the first show (which closes September 6) concentrated on the precursors of the Impressionists, this exhibit showcases on 100 impressionist paintings by the masters of the movement - Monet, Renoir, Bonnard, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec and the rest of the usual (and some less usual) suspects. Sept. 25-Jan. 10. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (415) 750-3600,

The Legion continues the 19th century Impressionist focus with show titled "Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism,"  which is a look at the Japanese print over two centuries and its enormous influence on the development of 19th and 20th century art. Oct 16 -Jan 9, 2011.


"One Night Stand: A Mills MFA Group Show." The up-and-coming art talents from the 2011 MIlls College MFA class are offering their work for under $50. Last year's discovery was Monica Lundy, the Jay DeFeo Award Winner. Who knows what talent will come of of this year's showing? Buy now and support your local artist. Oct 8, 6-9 pm. Branch Gallery.

"Masami Teraoka" at Catherine Clark. Teraoka's earlier work, framed in traditional style Japanese screen painting,  juxtaposed AIDS, McDonald's, the Western invasion of Japanese culture and other relevant themes of the 80s' and 90's. His new work - a triptych in the style of Renaissance altar painting that revisions the Last Supper as a Papal stag party - criticizes the Catholic Church's continuing sex scandals and pedophilia. "The Inversion of the Sacred." Catherine Clark. Oct 2 - Nov. 13.

"Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000." The Timeline: A show of ephemera accompanying the forthcoming book and screening series devoted to experimental film and video. Through April 3. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. (510) 642-0808,

"Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens." An in-depth survey of the screen as a unique format for painting in premodern Japan. Named after clouds as a predominant motif (also present in many of the screens in the Clark exhibit), this special exhibit presents 41 seldom seen, large scale folding screens, dating back to the late 16th century as well as pieces by more contemporary artists. Oct. 15. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. (415) 581-3500,

"Reclaimed: Paintings From the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker."  In 2006, after working with a team of art historians and legal experts, Goudstikker's heirs were finally able to reclaim 200 paintings from the Dutch government. The paintings, mostly Northern Renaissance masterpieces, were originally stolen by Herman Goering and it took decades for the heirs to get them back.   Forty-five of the paintings, plus documents and photographs will be on display, starting Oct. 29-March 29. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 655-7800,

"Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870." An investigation of the camera as a tool of spying, secret pleasures and public witness that has shaped contemporary life and sensibility. Ever think that somebody is spying on you? Maybe you are not being paranoid - as the cult hit X-Files proclaimed, trust no one.  Oct. 30. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. (415) 357-4000,
"Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century." A major career retrospective of the innovative and influential French photographer whose photographs have passed into our vocabulary as cultural icons. Oct. 30. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. (415) 357-4000,

"Yoshua Okón, 2007-2010." The Bay Area's first look at a Mexico City video-maker's outrageous satires of contemporary life. Oct. 30-Feb. 6. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 978-2787,


In vino veritas? "How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now,"  which examines the marketing, architecture and industry of the product of the grape. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco. (415) 357-4000 Opening Nov 20-April, 2011.

"Chiaroscuro Woodcuts From 16th Century Italy: Promised Gifts From the Kirk Edward Long Collection." A rare chance to study a unique innovation in graphic arts, nearly forgotten in the modern world. Nov. 3-Feb. 27. Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto. (650) 723-4177,

"The More Things Change."  The first survey of 21st century art collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The 75th Anniversary show was all about how the museum got to where it is now. Now that we know the way they were, the museum will show us they are going. The Fisher Collection was a great first chapter. I can't wait to see the next chapter. Nov. 20-Oct. 16. SFMOMA, 151 Third St., San Francisco. (415) 357-4000,

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