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Giant Butt Plug Erected in Paris Upsets Anti-Gay French Group

By Jason St. Amand | Oct 18
An anti-gay marriage, ultra conservative French group is freaking out, saying they're outraged and humiliated over a new art instillation that is supposed to look like a tree but really looks like a 24-foot sex toy.


Fine Arts Features

Celebrating an Iconic, Erotic Life

By David-Elijah Nahmod | Oct 5
Born in Europe, the longtime San Francisco resident made a living by photographing himself in hundreds of carefully designed erotic poses. Berlin's unusual career will be celebrated with an exhibition of many of his photos at Magnet, throughout October.

Prisoners of Conscience Become Art

By Sura Wood | Oct 5
It sounds like an unbeatable concept: An exhibition marrying the work of Ai Weiwei, the world-famous Chinese political dissident artist, and Alcatraz, the notorious federal "ghost" prison with spectacular vistas of San Francisco Bay.

Panama Inaugurates Frank Gehry-Designed Museum

By Juan Zamorano | Oct 1
After years of delays, Panama has inaugurated a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that officials hope will become a cultural landmark and symbolize the country's recent economic ascent.

Anderson Collection Has A New Home

By Sura Wood | Sep 28
The Anderson family has given Stanford 121 primo works by some 86 artists, from Clyfford Still, Philip Guston, Helen Frankenthaler and Frank Lobdell to Squeak Carnwath, Mark Rothko, Wayne Thiebaud, and Frank Stella.

Second to None: Chicago's Art and Culture Scene

By Matthew Wexler | Sep 26
Saddled with the erroneous moniker "The Second City," Chicago's art and theater scenes guarantee that a stay in Chi-Town will be a first-class experience


Fine Arts Reviews

Ai WeiWei @Large

By Louise Adams | Oct 20
Provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's work has landed off of San Francisco as the largest and most complicated art project in the history of the Golden Gate National Park system.

The Dinner Party

By Michael Cox | Jul 14
Spectators were astounded by the audacity of Judy Chicago's art installation "The Dinner Party" when it was first exhibited in 1979. In "The Dinner Party: Restoring Women to History," the artist details this installation piece through images and essays.

A Queer History Of Fashion - From The Closet To The Catwalk

By Michael Cox | Nov 2
Accompanying the exhibit in NYC, Valerie Steele, director of the Fashion Institute of Technology, explores a topic that surprisingly few have in "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Cakewalk" what gay people have done for fashion.