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Culture, Art Jay DeFeo and Jasper Johns: Rarely Seen Work at SFMOMA

Jay DeFeo and Jasper Johns: Rarely Seen Work at SFMOMA

It's Nov. 9, 1965, and Jay DeFeo is smoking a cigarette as she sits on the ledge of her San Francisco apartment. Her feet dangle over the side, two stories above Fillmore Street, and she's puffing her smoke high into…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Triple Threat: SFMOMA Opens Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Triple Threat: SFMOMA Opens Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Gertrude Stein famously said "A rose is a rose is a rose," but with all due respect, she never saw this rose. True, the painting has been called many different names -- Deathrose, White Rose, and ultimately, The Rose…
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Culture, Feature Fall Arts: This Year, S.F. Galleries Are World-Class

Fall Arts: This Year, S.F. Galleries Are World-Class

Vik Muniz: "Pictures of Magazines 2" Sept. 20-Nov. 10 at Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary (at Kearny), S.F. Free; 982-3292 or www.renabranstengallery.com. Using paper torn from pop-culture magazines and the like, Vik Muniz turns thousands of scraps of information into…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pretty on the Inside

Pretty on the Inside

The newly remodeled de Young Museum is like the proverbial elephant in the room: You can't help but notice it, but you're not sure whether to bring it up in polite conversation. While the old Spanish-style incarnation was approachable and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snap, Crackle, Art

Snap, Crackle, Art

A funny thing happened to art on the way to the 21st century. Emboldened but not satisfied by the freedom-seeking surrealist and abstract expressionist movements, it parachuted out of its ivory tower and into the streets, where it fell in…
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Culture, missing Come Together

Come Together

Like a couple of highbrow chameleons, painting and photography have nearly morphed into mirror images of each other. As photography first proliferated in the mid-19th century, the camera exerted a strong influence on the avant-garde painting of the day (Degas'…
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