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I’m Calling It: Our Tech Bubble Will Burst in 2016, When Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a UNICORN” Arrives at PoLoH

Friday, September 25th, 2015

1515: The Age of Great Masters

2015: The Age of Unicorns:


The Tempting of Fate begins Jan 9, 2016:

Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” – January 9, 2016 – April 10, 2016

This focused exhibition features one of Raphael’s most beguiling and enigmatic paintings. The masterpiece, presented in the United States for the first time, will be lent by the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it was first recorded in the collection in 1682.

Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn (ca. 1505–1506) features an unidentified blond-haired sitter and epitomizes the beauty of Raphael’s female portraits during his Florentine period. The exhibition will explore the possible identity of this subject, as well as the painting’s distinct iconography, including the unicorn she holds in her lap. Scholars believe that the painting was commissioned to celebrate a wedding, and the unicorn, a conventional symbol of chastity, may offer clues to her familial lineage.

The exhibition further highlights the stylistic relationships between this masterpiece and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Leonardo’s canonical work, painted in Florence in the early years of the 16th century, had a great impact on the younger Raphael, who also practiced in the city during this period. Raphael’s sophisticated adaptation of Leonardo’s innovations in portrait compositions resulted in Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, a painting that hints at the Mona Lisa with its half-length format, its sitter with hands folded in her lap, and its setting before a distant landscape. Visitors will be able to explore Raphael’s painting in detail and get a glimpse into its intriguing history.

About the Artist

Painter, draftsman and architect Raphael (1483–1520) was one of the most famous artists working in Italy during the period from 1500 to 1520, often identified as the High Renaissance. His paintings are noteworthy for their great beauty and harmony, epitomizing the Renaissance virtues of balance and ideal form. His later production exhibits an interest in expressing movement and emotion through narratives. He is best known for religious subjects, portraits, and historical scenes.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Cincinnati Art Museum in collaboration with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture. The Legion of Honor presentation is made possible by a lead sponsorship from the Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Field.

The Tech Bros of Market Street: Music Lover, Art Collector – I’ll Call This One BLOOD SHOWER

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Graffiti Watch: “#2 DAD” is Having a Hell of a Year – He’s Bound to be #1 DAD by 2016

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Dude’s everywhere.

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He’s in the bistro. He’s in the bamboo. He’s on the balustrade. You see the sidewalk down there? Man!


Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Heart of Solis as espied on Market by reporter Sara Bloomberg:

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Falun Gong Moves In to the 94117 – Goodbye Boys and Girls Club, Hello Fei Tian Academy

Friday, August 28th, 2015

All The Deets, from Amy Stephenson of Hoodline.

As seen near Page and Shrader

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And here are ever more deets on the “Falun Gong Show,” from late-aughts SFistund late-aughts The New Republic*.

*Back when it was better. Sorry

Discovered Art, Golden Gate Park: Robin Williams Stencils

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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Jurassic World, 94117 – NYCHOS WEIRD LORDS – Oh, So That’s What the Inside of a Dinosaur Looks Like

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Bam, it’s NYCHOS all up in your grill:

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Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together: “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination” Runs Through 1/3/2016 in the Presidio

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

All the deets on the improbable bond between the mastermind of Disneyland and the Spanish painter of reality-bending images:

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Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination: July 10-Jan. 3 at Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., the Presidio, San Francisco, 413-345-6800 or Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Mon. $20, $15 students and seniors, $12 ages 6-17. Exhibition moves to Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2016″

Forget About That Blue and Gold Dress: Do You See Two Cats or a Cat and a Pig?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The one on the left is definitely ID’ed as a cat, but I’m seeing a lot of bear or pig or bear-pig in the unlabeled and supposed “cat” on the right:

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Bears have muzzles and piggies have muzzles, but cats don’t have muzzles, right?

See for yourself at our CalAcademy in GGP

But What’s The Rent? – A 65 Square-Foot Studio Trailer Gets Parked on Market, to “Activate” the “Street Scene”

Friday, July 10th, 2015

This is what it looks like:


Sam Whiting explains here in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Art studio on wheels moves down Market Street

Mmmm, no comments? Perhaps this attempt at a paywall is working too well.

But all right, here’s the SFGate version – surely the rabble will chirp up with comments like, “Well, what’s the rent?” Or maybe, “Smallest Studio in the Twitterloin, 0 bdrms, o bths, reclaimed wood?” 

Art studio on wheels moves down Market Street

Nope. Just one comment. This is the least amount of NEMA-mocking I’ve ever seen, when the topic of the NEMA is raised:

“So, if Studio One were to break down, would it be NEMA-towed?”

Get it? Nematode – cause like “worms,” right? (Oh, I don’t get it, oh well.)

Hey, speaking of NeMA, there’s still no rent control there, so giant rent hikes are coming your way. It will happen like this:

“We looked at what we’re charging for new rents and what the rent trends are in the market. We came up with the following renewal offer by lease terms…”

And then BAM! You get hit with a 24% (or whatever) rent increase (on top of an already high rent) after just one year. Speaking of which, here’s what one Yelper recently had to say about the NEMA. So many details!

I’ll tell you, lots of SF newcomers move into buildings without knowing that rent control won’t apply to them. And they don’t know the first thing about rental deposit refunds until they hit for charges that they don’t have to pay and that they shouldn’t pay. IMO.

And I’ll tell you, I don’t work for SFGov, so it’s not my job to “activate” the “New Market” “Streetscape” with umpty-up art displays. IMO. SFGov should focus on the basics.