Spring into arts - Page 2

Guardian writers select the season's most-anticipated performances, exhibits, film events, and more

CubaCaribe Festival's Danza del Caribe

Fleetwood Mac (May 22, HP Pavilion, San Jose) It's been 35 years since the release of Rumours. Sure, you can go your own way, but never forget how you got there: after years of touring as solo artists, that classic Fleetwood Mac dynamic (everyone but Christine McVie) is back together, or at least, on tour this spring. (Emily Savage)


"Lebbeus Woods, Architect" and "Garry Winogrand" (Both through June 2 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) Both are getting lots of attention. Postmodern architect Woods, who just passed away, gets the full retrospective treatment; documentary-style photographer Winograd hasn't had a retrospective in a couple decades. www.sfmoma.org

"Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley" (March 27-June 16 at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University) Misrach is known for his pristine photographs of blasted and abused environments. The juxtaposition is usually pretty jarring, and I'm a big fan. museum.stanford.edu

"Richard Diebenkorn" (June 22-Sept. 29 at the de Young Museum) New show focusing on abstract paintings from his Berkeley period. deyoung.famsf.org (Matt Fisher)


"Teo González: Recent Paintings" (Through April 20 at Brian Gross) González makes intricate, fastidious paintings, which isn't such a novelty anymore, except that his match process with subject matter better than most. The show at Brian Gross promises to feature González's night sky paintings, applying his signature miniscule brushwork to themes of transcendence and chaos. www.briangrossfineart.com

"Evan Nesbit: Light Farming/Heavy Gardening" (March 23-April 26 at Ever Gold) I'm recommending this one based on the overall strength of Ever Gold's program, which I think it one of the most adventurous in the city — and the fact that Nesbit as an alum of the Yale painting program, which is almost certainly the best in the country. His paintings incorporate real-world woven knits (reminiscent of seat covers, crocheted things, those puffy drawer linings) as the substrate for abstract paintings that manage to combine grid painting, color field painting, and a soft kind of blunt expressionism. www.evergoldgallery.com

"John Millei: Recent Paintings" (March 28-May 11 at George Lawson) Millei is one of Los Angeles' most virtuosic abstract painters; he usually composes heroic-scaled paintings and projects. His most recent body of work shown at LA's ACE was from a decade-long project of 200-plus small paintings based on Giotto and Giorgio Morandi. When Millei does historical references, it's not in the appropriative way that many do, copping motifs and moody lighting effects — it's in methodically and microscopically breaking down both image and process to reestablish both the image's dynamic and the role of the artist. For George Lawson, he's making new works for the tiny Tenderloin space. For my money, Millei is one of the most romantic of living abstractionists. www.georgelawsongallery.com (Fisher)

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