Author(s): Sidra Stich
San Francisco, a city of spectacular topography and cosmopolitan charm, now also boasts a formidable art scene. A burst of activity occurred in 1995 with the opening of the Museum of Modern Art s signature building by Mario Botta, and this was reignited a decade later with the inauguration of the new de Young Museum by Herzog & de Meuron. Expansion by other museums, invigorating architectural and urban renewal projects, cutting-edge exhibitions at alternative spaces and art schools, a new generation of artists and galleries, intriguing public art commissions, and the arrival of prestigious design stores have further enhanced the scope and character of the city s arts profile. This informative guide provides all you need to know and then some about renowned and little-known places of interest. Coverage of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, the East Bay, the Peninsula, and San Jose makes it a truly comprehensive resource on the entire Bay Area. ---compelling, jargon-free commentaries ---where to see work by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, architects, and designers ---190 illustrations, 9 detail maps and city tour routes ---addresses, contact information, websites, access hours, admission fees, helpful hints ...