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Culture, Art The View From Berkeley: Moving to the Bay Area Radicalized a Painter's Vision of Landscapes

The View From Berkeley: Moving to the Bay Area Radicalized a Painter's Vision of Landscapes

In every creative field, some artists arrive at a particular aesthetic style and decide that's it. That's them. Forever. (Hello, Woody Allen. Hello, Kenny G.) Then there's saxophonist John Coltrane, architect I.M Pei, and others who decide they have to…
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Culture, Art

Wayne Thiebaud: Recovering the Classic in American Culture

The label "pop artist" was first applied to painter Wayne Thiebaud in the early 1960s, when his everyday items — cakes, pies, and gumball machines — appeared at the same time as Andy Warhol's soup cans and Coke bottles. Warhol…
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Calendar, Night&Day Unwrap Before Eating

Unwrap Before Eating

Victoria Mimiaga’s oil paintings of food – vegetables, candy, even raw meat – are colorful, beautifully rendered still lifes that make the viewer want to eat them. Equal parts impressionist and realist, the paintings have a Wayne Thiebaud quality in…
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Dining, SFoodie Sweets the Subject of Contemporary Art Show

Sweets the Subject of Contemporary Art Show

Considering how much of our lives are spent longing for sweets, most of us are unmoved to dissect our urges ― funny, since we grow up amassing so much material. Childhood collects its own source-pile of candy paraphernalia: pilled foil…
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Art Review: Wayne Thiebaud: "Figure Drawings" and "Charcoal Still-Lifes 1964-1974"

Wayne Thiebaud is rightfully celebrated for his colorful Pop Art-ish paintings, like the one from 1963 of three gumball machines prominently displayed at the de Young. Thiebaud has talked about the playfulness he puts into his work, but the iconic…
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Dining, Eat Fishing Again

Fishing Again

Something about the fresh, clean facade of Café Maritime pleased me weeks before I walked into it. It seemed as inviting as could be, like your dream of a little fish place near the shore in some French seaside village…
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