Picks of the week: For free (mostly)

Now that you’re done with midterms, the last thing you’ll probably want to do is study some more. But why not take the opportunity to learn some new things while your brain’s still a sponge and explore the Bay Area at the same time? From the history of west American
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Exhibit shows haunting shots of photographer’s life

“I am the flower, but I am also the thorn,” said 20th-century nature photographer Rose Mandel. This dualistic and prolific statement is just one of the many insights into the complex mind of the Polish-born Mandel (1910-2002), whose series of photographs titled “The Errand of the Eye” is currently being
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‘Impressionists on the Water’ traces nautical themes in history of French art

Exhibition highlights include paintings by Monet and Renoir

The Legion of Honor’s exhibition “Impressionists on the Water,” in conjunction with America’s Cup, offers an examination of the important role boating themes played in the social and artistic contexts of late 19th century French painting. Many of the painters were themselves interested in sailing, rowing and yachting, and their
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De Young features early Chuck Close prints

“Keith” is nearly four feet by three feet in dimension, a black and white portrait print. The mouth seems almost faded, a rectangle of blanching discernible amid the gray monochrome of the face. He is unsmiling, and his eyes look at something in the distance, the reflection off the top
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Lee Miller (above) and Man Ray allegedly discovered the photographic technique of "solarization," which effects a bold, black outline as seen above.

New surrealism exhibit in SF intrigues

When Lee Miller broke up with Man Ray in 1932, he cut a picture of her eye out, stuck it on a metronome and wrote: “With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.” He called the piece, “Object to Be Destroyed.” Ray, the famed surrealist
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