Visual Arts | Jan 30, 2014
When he became a graffiti artist, Edward Martinez adopted the alter-ego "Scape," for Screaming Creative and Positive Energy. That positive charge is evident both in his vividly pulsating paintings and in his work with the underserved youth he mentors in East Palo Alto. By Cynthia Stone
Visual Arts | Jan 29, 2014
Fraenkel Gallery's Love & Lust collects photographs by Peter Hujar, an important figure in the New York art scene in the 1970s and '80s whose erratic career was cut short by his untimely death in 1987 due to complications from AIDS. By Glen Helfand
Art Review | Jan 28, 2014
ArtComplex's pop-up exhibition capitalizes on redevelopment and reflects on history. By Christian L. Frock
Art Review | Jan 26, 2014
LA-based artist Laeh Glenn's solo show at Altman Siegel puzzles and thrills. By Sarah Hotchkiss
Visual Arts | Dec 29, 2013
Consider the Museum of Modern Art 's latest curatorial project, Design and Violence, as comparable to an experimental online course. It has an intriguing class description, set topics for each week, and a comments section akin to the discussion following a lecture. By Liz Mak
Visual Arts | Dec 17, 2013
Gift guide alert! File under "art" and "books" and "art books." By Kristin Farr
Visual Arts | Dec 08, 2013
Local book shop and publisher Last Gasp has a large collection of devilish items celebrating Krampus, Santa's Satanic twin. By Kristin Farr
Art Review | Dec 07, 2013
An exhibition by local artist Greg Ito in a new SOMA arts space brings together workplace and vacation references to create a surreal playground of delectable surfaces, high contrast patterns, and humorous gestures. By Sarah Hotchkiss
Art School | Dec 01, 2013
Ala Ebtekar grew up as a graffiti artist and studied traditional Persian art forms, later hybridizing these two interests to create work that is inspired by literary narratives, mythology, history, and hip hop culture.
Art Review | Nov 27, 2013
Mounting two shows, one at Stanford, the other in Los Altos, SFMOMA brings new commissions and selections from its collection to the South Bay. By Ben Marks
Art & Design
Martin Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent much of his life confined to hospitals, where he began to make remarkable art. Now some of it is featured on a new series of U.S. postage stamps.
Tyrus Wong's expressive paintings caught Walt Disney's eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
In Lagos, Iké Udé's family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer's work.
It has been a while since we've seen an upgrade to either roller skates or the skateboard. But which one is it? These wheels give skating in the 21st century an effortless new look.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Women's History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating Women's History Month. In March, KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM schedule a special lineup of programs focused on themes and issues related to women.
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.