Jan Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" will be on view with 34 other Dutch works from Jan. 26 through June 2 at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It will be the first venue in the U.S. tour of Dutch Golden Age paintings.

Major art exhibitions planned for Sacramento, Bay Area in 2013

Published: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 11AANDE

Jan Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and a half-century of paintings by Sacramento's Gregory Kondos are among the highlights of art exhibitions opening in 2013.

Kondos, who was once dubbed "the boss of blue" by former Bee art critic Charles Johnson, will celebrate his 90th birthday with "A Touch of Blue," a retrospective show of landscape paintings at the Crocker Art Museum.

Opening Feb. 24 and running through May 19, the exhibition features approximately 70 of the artist's signature paintings of scenes in California and the American Southwest. Perhaps best known are his painterly depictions of the Sacramento River Delta, Napa vineyards and Yosemite peaks. 

"In depicting such a variety of terrain," states Crocker Chief Curator Scott Shields, "Kondos has moved between abstraction and representation, and yet his commitment to the land has never wavered. … His paintings simultaneously celebrate the terrain's inherent formal, abstract properties, as well as the beautiful possibilities of the paint itself."

Information: (916) 808-7000, www.crockerartmuseum.org

Going Dutch

Sometimes called "the Dutch Mona Lisa," Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is among 35 Dutch paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Maritshuis, in the Hague, Netherlands. The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will be the first venue in the American tour of works from one of the world's most prestigious collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings.

This once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience will open Jan. 26 and run through June 2. 

One of the word's most famous paintings, "Girl with a Pearl Earring," one of only 36 paintings by Vermeer, inspired a novel by Tracey Chevalier and a movie starring Scarlett Johansson.

The exhibition will include the enchanting "The Goldfinch" by Carel Fabritius and four works by Rembrandt van Rijn. Also on view will be the newly restored "Vase of Flowers" by Rachel Ruysch, one of the few female painters of 17th century Dutch art.

Information: (415) 750-3600, www.famsf.org

From the Louvre

"Royal Treasures From the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette," which opened at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco's Lincoln Park in November, continues through March 17. Telling the story of French royal patronage, the show highlights dazzling objects, including precious hard stone vases collected by the Sun King, diamond and gem snuffboxes made for the royal family, items made for use by Louis XV's mistresses Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry, and Marie Antoinette's personal collection of precious vases. Talk about bling!

Information: (415) 750-3600, www.famsf.org


March 9 will mark the opening of a major touring show of work by photographer Garry Winogrand at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. More than 300 photographs in the exhibition offer a vivid portrait of the artist – a chronicler of postwar America on a par with Norman Mailer and Robert Rauschenberg – who captured both the optimism and the dark side of America in post-World War II years. 

Information: (415) 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org

• Also coming to SFMOMA is the San Francisco premiere of artist Christian Marclay's internationally heralded masterpiece "The Clock." Constructed of thousands of film clips indicating the passage of time, "The Clock" reframes these moments and edits them together to form a 24-hour video montage that unfolds in real time, synchronized to pass simultaneously in the viewer's real time.

It will be up from April 6 through June 2, after which the museum will close for expansion construction. In the final day's before closure, the museum will host three full 24-hour screenings of "The Clock," including one during a free admission period.

Information: (415) 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org

At the Asian

Opening June 28 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and continuing through Sept. 22 will be a stunning exhibition of Japanese art from the rarely seen collection of Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and owner of Oracle Team USA, defender of the 2013 America's Cup.

"In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection" offers approximately 80 artworks spanning 1,300 years. Included are significant works by noted artists of the Momoyama (1573-1615) and Edo (1615-1868) periods, and important examples of religious art, lacquer, woodwork and metal work.

  Among the highlights are a 13th to 14th century wooden sculpture; six-panel folding screens dating to the 17th century; and 18th century paintings by acclaimed masters Maruyama Okyo and Ito Jakuchu. 

Information: (415) 581-3500, www.asianat.org

Ghosts in Oakland

Across the bay, the Oakland Museum of California presents a major retrospective of Chinese American artist and Mills College professor Hung Liu. "Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu" explores issues of memory and history in the life and work of one of America's most celebrated Asian American artists.

Opening March 16 and running through June 30, the show features approximately 80 works from private and public collections, as well as rare photographs, ephemera and sketchbooks, all made in China before Liu's immigration to the United States. The show will go on a two-year national tour after its debut at the Oakland Museum. 

Information: (510) 318-8400, www.museumca.org

Quiet homage

From Jan. 30 to April 28, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive present "Silence," commemorating the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth with nearly a century of modern and contemporary art and film examining spiritual, existential and political aspects of silence. The exhibition includes key works by Joseph Beuys, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.

The film program will screen works by Ingmar Bergman, Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren and Nam June Paik, among others.

Information: (510) 642-0808, http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries

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