Art News: The Obama Portraits Make a Statement in More Ways Than One

As you’ve probably heard, last week, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. What might have been an uneventful affair for any other former presidential portraits quickly … Continued

Dynamic Duo: Klimt & Rodin Take San Francisco

The works of Gustav Klimt, in all their gilded glory, are coming to the Bay Area en masse for the first time. But they won’t be alone. Works by the artist best known as a “Vienna Secessionist” will join many … Continued

Plans Approved for Cheech Marin’s Museum of Chicano Art

It’s an unsurprising fact that many celebrities own so much art that they basically have their own mini-museums within their own residence(s). But here’s a fun fact: funnyman Cheech Marin (yes, that Cheech of Cheech and Chong) also owns an astounding … Continued

Treasures in the Trash? At This Museum, Yes

We’ve all heard that one person’s trash may be another person’s treasure (or, as Jim Carrey’s version of The Grinch might say, “one man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpurri”). But Nelson Molina’s museum takes this concept to another level. … Continued

Our Mini-Guide to Desert X, the Desert’s Coolest New Exhibition

You don’t have to go to the Coachella Music Valley & Arts Festival to catch the desert’s hottest art exhibitions (pun intended) this spring. This year marks the Coachella Valley’s inaugural Desert Exhibition of Art, or as it’s better known, … Continued

Hikaru Cho’s Trippy and Surreal Body Art

Sure, you’ve seen cool face painting, and you might have even seen cool body painting. But you’ve probably never seen body art quite like this. Hikaru Cho, a Tokyo-based artist who specializes in painting, may only be 20 years old. … Continued

Art & Alchemy Help the Stockton PD Reconnect

It’s no secret that a day in the life as a police officer is stressful, at best. They’re under tremendous pressure to keep their communities safe and are often under scrutiny from the public.The pressure of it all leads to law … Continued

Delicate Beauty: Stained Glass Gypsum Windows at al-Aqsa Mosque

When you think of stained glass windows, soaring Gothic cathedrals in France and England may come to mind, complete with intricate biblical scenes communicating morals to the masses and stunning rose windows. While both beautiful and iconic, European stained glass … Continued

Art for All: The Met Opens Online Access in New Initiative

In a world where almost everything is now easily-accessible (thanks to the Internet), access to the art world has, for the most part, remained somewhat difficult. Despite some major museums worldwide offering free admission, it still seems like art museums … Continued

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Opens at UC Davis

With the grand opening of its Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art to the public this past Sunday, UC Davis has extended an artistic legacy nearly 60 years in the making. Though the art museum is brand-new, … Continued