Jessica Zack

Wayne Thiebaud at his studio in Sacramento.

Having His Cake and Eating It, Too

Wayne Thiebaud shook up the art world in 1962 with paintings that were joyous, confectionary, and uniquely Californian. On the eve of his 100th birthday, the artist says he’s “trying to learn to paint” and put a smile on people’s faces.

Alta Asks Live: Josie Iselin

In her latest book, photographer Josie Iselin transforms everyday seaweed into stunning art. She joins Alta Asks Live and journalist Jessica Zack for a virtual tour of the curious world of seaweed — no snorkel necessary.

Cyanotype of Pikea californica (Pike’s weed) with scan of same.

The Unexpected Beauty of Seaweed

Josie Iselin’s stunning new book, The Curious World of Seaweed, proves that it’s much more than a sushi wrap.

Art collective HYBYCOZO has displayed its oversize lanterns in Black Rock City.

Burning Man, Black Power, and American Style

American style takes many forms—from black power to blue jeans—in these upcoming Bay Area art shows. 

Vincent Callebaut evolves skyscrapers into eco-friendly “farmscrapers.”

San Francisco Art Shows Reveal a Future

Two exhibitions in San Francisco ponder what’s on tap for the human race, from eco-friendly architecture and floating cities to intergalactic getups and jetpacks.

Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco has been in business for four decades.

Northern California’s Must-Visit Galleries

Venture beyond the big-name museums to find unexpected art in the Bay Area. 

Viewers can send texts to Martine Syms’s Mythiccbeing (my-thicc-being), and she’ll respond.

Putting the Art in Artificial Intelligence

The robots have come for our art. A pair of shows explore what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence.


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