Sick of the Gaultier Hype? 3 Other Hip SF Exhibits to Catch NowAuthor:Bryan Anthony
Sure—we’re as excited as anyone to catch the highly-anticipated Jean Paul Gaultier show at the De Young, but, trust us, it’s not the only exhibit worth seeing this month. Forget the lines, wait until the crowds settle down (it goes through August, after all), and check out one of these the killer shows instead.
The word genius is overused in our modern lexicon, but for some individuals no other term can convey their talent. Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford is a perfect example. Winner of a MacArthur Foundation award (a.k.a. the “genius grant”), Bradford constructs intricate collages that probe the structures of urban society defined by race, gender and class. Now the most comprehensive account of his career to date is at SFMOMA, with more than 50 works, such as his Untitled (Shoe) (above), on display; Feb. 18–May 27, 151 Third St., SF, sfmoma.org.
Believe It or Not
Guess when this teapot was created? If you’re thinking the 1950s due to its midcentury lines, you’re way off. Maybe the Art Deco period—perhaps 1929? Nope, still 50 years too late. 1879 was the year that this electroplated leaf brewer (above) was made. Take in this and other age-defying creations at The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900, an exhibit at SF’s Legion of Honor; through June 17, 100 34th Ave., SF, legionofhonor.famsf.org.
Come On In
Every year since 2000, Private Collections: The Spring Art Tour has allowed ticket holders the rare opportunity to see exquisite artwork firsthand in the homes of some of the Bay Area’s top collectors, such as Sabrine Buell’s modern loft (above). Ticket sales benefit Enterprise for High School Students; April 18, privatecollections.org.
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