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
The Icehotel in Sweden, built in winter and vanishing in spring, is the original hotel carved from snow and ice bricks. It's also an art project; sculptors compete for the chance to carve out rooms.
Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver's Kohaku is still thriving today.
It's the brainstorm of a street artist, who wanted folks to pay more respect to the pickers who collect recyclable garbage that would otherwise pile up in landfills.
An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Black History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Black History Month. During February, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on African American themes and issues.
"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.