The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents "Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta." During her brief career—just fourteen years, between 1971 and 1985—the Cuban-born American artist Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) produced a stunning body of work that included performances, drawings, sculptures, installations, and photographs.
"Frank Stella: A Retrospective" is the first comprehensive US exhibition of the artist’s work since 1970. In 1959, at the age of 23, Stella (b. 1936) burst onto the New York art scene as an already mature artist with his now-legendary series of black paintings, which served as a pictorial manifesto of the artist’s assertion that a painting was “a flat surface with paint on it—nothing more.”
The museum visitor could not ask for a great contrast in styles and philosophy than the two retrospectives now up in San Francisco; Frank Stella at the de Young and Bruce Conner at SFMOMA. Stella specializes in bright, bold, non-expressive art, just right for that expensive loft, big corporate office or museum wall. He was crowned "Art King of NY" right out of art school and has consistently remained popular.
Legion of Honor: The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France
|Saint Jerome. The Brothers Le Nain. courtesy FAMSF|
If you've never heard of the 17th-century French painters the Brothers Le Nain, you're not alone. The lack of familiarity with these old masters could well be a function of the fact that the artists – Antoine, Louis and Mathieu – haven't had a show on American soil in 70 years, or anywhere else since 1979. That absence has been somewhat alleviated by a new exhibition at the Legion of Honor organized by the Fine Arts Museums that, in conjunction with the Louvre and the Kimbell Art Museum, has assembled 40 of the 60 or 70 existing paintings by the siblings, drawn from disparate collections around the world, including two created as altarpieces for Notre Dame Cathedral. The exhibition is supported by serious, not to mention voluminous, scholarship, with a five-lb. catalogue to prove it
Legion of Honor: Through January 29, 2017
The Art of the Ramayana at the Asian
|Hanuman (the Monkey King) revealing Rama and Sita in his heart. Courtesy Asian Art Museum|
|The battle, the Ramayana|