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It’s only Rock ‘n Roll—and I like it

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, presents a comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). The exhibition opens by telling the story of Graham’s early life, with indication of how that early life influenced who he became and the contributions he made in his later years. [...]

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BAMPFA and Architecture of Life

The new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) building opened earlier this year, at Oxford and Center, across from the UC Berkeley campus. An existing Art Deco-style building (a former UC Berkeley printing plant designed in 1939 as part of the Works Progress Administration initiative) has been repurposed with a new interior design and dramatic stainless steel outer structure. This [...]

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Asian Art Museum Turns 50

Currently on view at the Asian Art Museum, celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary, is a trio of special exhibitions that provide a fascinating window into past traditions and views of the world.Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts presents the personal stories of a writer, a painter, and a patron, who lived in Mughal India, Persia, [...]

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Feathers, Flowers and Frocks

Spring arrives at the de Young Museum every year in the form of a botanical homage to art. More than 125 of the Bay Area’s most innovative floral designers will present spectacular arrangements in response to pieces in the museum’s permanent collection as well as the architecture. The floral arrangements highlight works in American art to the 20th century, [...]

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Meet the Artist: Sam Lamott

FLAX interviews artist Sam Lamott You might recognize Sam Lamott from a painting by Ingrid Lockowandt (Ingrid was interviewed on this blog) “Father and Son,” that won the 2015 Marin Magazine Cover Contest. That’s Sam climbing the Marin hillside with his son. Or you might recognize his name, Lamott, as in the novelist and writer of the [...]

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Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a rare opportunity to see the work of Pierre Bonnard at the Legion of Honor. Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia features more than 70 works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The exhibition spans the artist’s career, including his early Nabi masterpieces, intimate interior scenes, his landscapes, and his great decorative [...]

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Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, an exhibition from the archive of the International Center of Photography, New York. A remarkable and versatile photographer, Roman Vishniac is known for his documentation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, a world on the eve of its annihilation. His sensitive portraits taken in refugee camps and basement dwellings are reminiscent [...]

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Typography: (with)out and about

Without Type: The Dynamism of Handmade Letters On view at San Francisco Center for the Book is Without Type: The Dynamism of Handmade Letters , an exhibit of handmade letterforms created in a broad variety of mediums and tools. All the work is original and unique, and from a wide range of cultures, through history. The work on view extends from the [...]

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Announcing our relocation this spring to...downtown Oakland!

It was a year ago that we announced we would be relocating our Market Street store after serving San Francisco for 38 years. When the news first broke, the outpouring of media attention and concern from our loyal and long time customers made it apparent that we have earned a special place in the hearts of the artists and [...]

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California Wildflowers

Wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere with the recent rains—best of all in an exhibit at the Main Library: Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change. Photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been documenting California wildflowers for the past 17 years, producing images that range from spectacular landscapes to intimate floral portraits. These intrepid photographers have hiked through [...]

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