Southern California art exhibits

W.S. Di Piero's eye on museum exhibits in San Diego and Los Angeles. For a list of all current exhibits, see our directory of museums.

Familiar muralists, but a lot unfamiliar

The uncanny in Balboa Park

One pleasure of anthology exhibitions is discovering pictures by unfamiliar artists. The English-born artist Leonora Carrington was new to me when I saw a small picture by her in Modern Masters from Latin America, currently ...

Deep, unusual Mexico in photos

Our Lady of Guadalupe, drug-war dead, the border from above, filthy rich girls

Modern Masters from Latin America reminds us, if we need to be reminded, that Modernism knew no borders. Point/Counterpoint, a compelling selection of 19 contemporary Mexican photographers currently at the Museum of Photographic Arts, has ...

Twelve Bellini holy pictures at the Getty

A precious event so close to San Diego

Pictures sometimes become devotional objects or pilgrimage destinations. Their contents have the feeling of secular-sacred spaces. The room called the Living Hall in New York’s Frick Collection houses several robust portraits, Titian’s force-of-nature Pietro Aretino ...

Kerry James Marshall addresses the absence of blackness

We’re the violators of their culture of leisure.

Slinky, unfurling forms run around and through many of Kerry James Marshall’s paintings. They frame individual pictures’ contents and rope together serial canvasses into a narrative of styles and scenes. In his 1993 De Style, ...

Arts in San Diego

Sometimes it’s hidden ... look no further

If You’re Making Art and Getting Paid for It... “People used to say, ‘Oh, I love your music; I put it on when I go to sleep.’ At first, I was insulted: ‘Thanks a lot. ...

Artifacts of the cult

The Reformation was heaven for haters.

Tension between Death and the woman is as wiry and volatile as the religious tension of the times.

Life as meat

Post–World War II London artists dabbled with expiration date

In the years following World War II, the biggest art conversation was about abstraction and what to do with it. The critical center was New York and the artists in question were Pollock, Rothko, de ...

Beautiful disgusts after some masterpieces

By the 18th Century, mighty Venice had become what Goethe called “the drawing room of Europe.”

Many of us seek and cherish essences when traveling to foreign places: a food, a shop, a fall of light, an open-air market, the peculiar curve or steep of street or hillside, the play of ...

Noisy Margaret Noble seeks friend not foe

Sound to give back silence

Every scene in a drama, according to the late director Mike Nichols, is either a fight, a seduction, or a negotiation. He added, as a footnote, the same is true in life. The thrill, or ...

The reviews of Jonathan Saville

San Diego musical ignorance, Godspell, omissions of performers, smell of the crowd, discoholic confession, Christ crucified in Old Town, Colored Girls, review of Yosemite Valley

Why no one don’t know nuthin abut music around here Since a large proportion of current high school students graduate unable to speak or write correct English, and with no effective knowledge of history, it ...

Abstract works by NASA science illustrator on display in North Park Gallery

A New Stellar Order shows through June 18

There’s a an artistic universe squeezed into a little gallery space tucked between a residential home and a tattoo parlor on the eastern edge of North Park. The space is called Teros Gallery, the same ...

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