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The Sacramento Bee Online, Sacramento, CA

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    Peacock feathers, Japanese fans and blue and white pottery are some of the objects that appear in paintings and interiors in a show centered on the Aesthetic Movement, a late 19th century British school of art, at San Francisco's Legion of Honor Museum.


    “Sideboard,” by Edward William Godwin, 1865-75, is made of ebonized mahogany with silver-plated handles.

    “Harmony in Grey and Green,” by James McNeill Whistler.

    "Love and the Maiden," by John Spencer Stanhope, 1877.

    "Charger," by William De Morgan, 1888, is an earthenware work with lead glaze.

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    "Six Artists and a Model" features the works of Boyd Gavin, Marcy Friedman, Pat Mahony, Meech Miyagi, Jian Wang and Brooke Walker Knoblich.


    "Six Artists and a Model" features the works of Boyd Gavin, Marcy Friedman, Pat Mahony, Meech Miyagi, Jian Wang and Brooke Walker Knoblich.

    Alex Bult Gallery

    Viewpoint Gallery

    Archival Gallery

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    Groundbreaking feminist artist Judy Chicago, whose "The Dinner Party" became an icon of the women's movement when she completed it in 1979, is the subject of a major survey exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum.


    Says artist Judy Chicago: "As a young woman I was impatient and intemperate … . I'm still not content with the world as it is, though."

    Feminist artist Judy Chicago's "Imprisoned Tree," from 1996, is mixed media on magnani paper. It is one of many thought-provoking works by Chicago at the Crocker through May 13.

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    A phalanx of ancient Chinese warriors fills the historic ballroom in the old wing of the Crocker Art Museum.


    "Ancient" warriors mingle with modern soldiers and weapons in "Site 2801," a new installation by Gong Yuebin at the Crocker Art Museum.

    Photos by Jia Zhixing are part of "Hanging in the Balance," a show of emerging Chinese artists at the Center for Contemporary Art.

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    Hidden stories and encoded messages underlie the works of Irving Marcus and Laura Hohlwein.


    The city figures in Irving Marcus' "Penthouse," in which two brooding figures look on skyscrapers and smaller buildings, which seem to be dissolving.


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    Less than 12 hours after learning of Thomas Kinkade's death, gallery co-owner Nathan Ross found himself trying to handle the overwhelming demand inside the two-story building on Placerville's main drag.


    FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2006 file photo, artist Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting, "Prayer For Peace," at the opening of the exhibit "From Abraham to Jesus," in Atlanta. Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died Friday, April 6, 2012, a family spokesman said. He was 54.

    This undated photo provided by The Thomas Kinkade Company via PR Newswire shows Thomas Kinkade's New Studio Masterwork, "Indy Excitement, 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway." Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died Friday, April 6, 2012, a family spokesman said.

    This undated photo provided by The Thomas Kinkade Company via PR Newswire shows "Christmas in New York" by Thomas Kinkade. Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died Friday, April 6, 2012, a family spokesman said.

    This undated photo provided by The Thomas Kinkade Company via PR Newswire shows Thomas Kinkade's New Studio Masterwork, "Indy Excitement, 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway." Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died Friday, April 6, 2012, a family spokesman said.

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    Most galleries have some sort of back room, where they keep examples of works by artists they represent. Some are as small as file drawers where works on paper can be stored. Others are warehouses where large paintings and sculptures dwell.


    Mark Emerson's "Rotten Kid" at Jay Jay has the intensity and beauty of a Persian miniature in abstract form.

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    The cone bra. Men in kilts and codpieces. Corsets as outerwear.


    Key points in Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion-designing career include a body corset worn by Madonna in 1990.

    One of the mannequins resembles the designer himself.

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  • 04/08/12--11:42: For a fashionable visit ...
  • Even if you're not a devotee of haute couture, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young Museum is an opportunity to almost rub shoulders with the gorgeous Gaultier gown worn by actress Marion Cotillard at the 2008 Academy Awards (180 hours in the making) or one of Madonna's many corsets.


    Design is also a concern at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco.

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    Gina Werfel's gestural abstractions are layered with evidence of the actions of their making. Her immediate and improvisational markings achieve a kinship with music and dance.


    b. sakata garo Don Ed Hardy is best known for his tattoo work and his Ed Hardy brand of accessories and apparel.




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    The Crocker Art Museum announced that it will be the recipient of a collection by renown California Impressionist painter Guy Rose.


    ONLINE ONLY Guy Rose, Off Mission Point (Point Lobos), n.d. Oil on canvas,24 x 29 inches. Crocker Art Museum, long-term loan andpromised gift of The Rose Art Foundation.

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    Two shows that explore the art of angling prompt thoughts about the relationship between fishing and making art.


    This 18th- century etching by Mark Catesby is part of the fish-related art collection on view at the Crocker Art Museum.

    Sculptures by Fred Gordon are among the offerings of "Gone Fishin' " at Archival Gallery.

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    Sacramento's art community is buzzing over the sudden closure of the Solomon Dubnick Gallery, one of the region's most prestigious and venerable art showcases.


    Michael Solomon, above, says Robert K. Andersen is holding art taken from the Solomon Dubnick gallery in storage, and "fully intends to return all of it." Painter Ken Waterstreet, left, has filed a police report over two of his pieces. "I was disappointed in the way he did business, but I don't think he is a thief," Waterstreet said of Andersen.

    Painter Ken Waterstreet, left, has filed a police report over two of his pieces.

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    Gina Werfel's abstractions at Alex Bult Gallery prompt comparisons with the works of abstract expressionists Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell.


    "Winter Conversation" by Gina Werfel

    Courtesy of Gina Werfel "Winter Conversation," from 2011, left, and "Battle," above, a recently completed work begun in 2009, are two of the works of Gina Werfel on view at the Alex Bult Gallery in Sacramento. The artist's exuberant paintings manage to be both gutsy and lovely.

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    Clay can be thrown on a wheel, molded, coiled, rolled into slabs, carved, kneaded, thinned and poured, burnished or glazed, and then fired into a hard substance that mimics nature or revels in its own materiality.


    work by Ellen Huls

    work by Kurt Fishback

    work by Mike Dickau

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    The works of legendary Bay Area Figurative painter Theophilus Brown, who died in February at the age of 92, were prized by his fellow artists.


    " Sugar Loaf #5" by Jay Welden at Alex Bult Gallery

    "Echoes of the Sweetest Sounds" by Milton 510 Bowens at Beatnik Studios

    Works by Theophilus Brown at b.sakata garo

    "Towers" an exhibition by Robert Giles at Axis Gallery

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    Jay Welden's watercolors of mountainous landscapes and watery byways are big, bold, and vigorous. Hiking up into the remote country around his home near Strawberry up Highway 50, Welden gives us plein-air paintings done on site, as evidenced from a group of photos that show his working process.


    Jay Welden's large-scale plein-air watercolors are inspired by the views from his home in El Dorado County.

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    The human figure has been a central image in art since prehistoric times. As demonstrated by "Focus on the Figure," a show of works by nine artists at the Pence Gallery, it still is a vital focus for contemporary artists.


    "Luna Verte" by Dan Snyder in raku ceramic and terrazzo looks like an archaeological find.

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    Using the camera obscura as a tool, Bay Area artist Chris Fraser creates stunning environments with ambient light at Center for Contemporary Art


    Elliott Fouts Gallery celebrates its grand opening in a new location at 1831 P St. in midtown with a show of still-life paintings by Christopher Stott

    Using the camera obscura as a tool, Bay Area artist Chris Fraser creates stunning environments with ambient light. Curated by Rachel Clarke, his installation is up at the Center for Contemporary Art

    "6 x 6" is a show of more than 200 works by well-known artists such as Joseph Bellacera, Kim Scott, Peter Stegall and Meech Miyagi along with works by newcomers at Sacramento Temporary Contemporary.

    "Verses and Variations" is a show of works by Janice Nakashima that relate to the structure of poetry, focusing on little things – small words, numbers and glimpses of light. The display is up at Axis Gallery

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    Make way, midtown. The newly christened Triangle Arts District has put itself on the map.


    Artist Patris works on getting her studio ready for Saturday's big Triangle Arts District event. She has been working to move her public venue to Oak Park. "I've been wanting to move back and be part of the economic revitalization that's happening," she said.

    Patris moves a sign that she and many others hope will become well-known. The effort launches on Saturday afternoon.

    Patris is preparing to open her new studio, in a former post office in Oak Park.

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