The cultural bellwether for any great city is it’s art scene. In Sacramento, we have no shortage of great art museums. From the local artist to the most widely known, there’s almost too many to choose from. We run down the spring season’s best, and explore what they have to offer in the Sacto art community. So, enjoy our city’s bounty!
Ai Weiwei: Circle Of Animals
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000
www.crockerartmuseum.org

Through May 1

Take a trip out east without leaving you Sacto home, as Weiwei pays rendition to all 12 Chinese zodiac animals, all larger than life. Ai Weiwei focuses on repatriation while extending his ongoing exploration of what constitutes Chinese art and identity. These animals combine these philosophies in a breathtaking artist display. Don’t miss your chance to take in this majestic display.

Back To Life: Bay Area Figurative Drawings
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000
www.crockerartmuseum.org

Through May 1, 2016

Also at the Crocker, another exhibit — this time focusing on the drawings of a trio of bay area, mid-century artists. In 1953, painters David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn began a series of meetings to draw using live models for inspiration. This approach placed the bay area scene as one of the top scenes in America. “Back to Life: Bay Area Figurative Drawings” recounts those days.

Extended Vision: The artwork Of Gregory Kondos
Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery
Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-3992
www.sacmetroarts.org/gallery-program

Through May 11

Gregory Kondos is a household name among the West’s foremost landscape artists. A world traveller, Kondos spent over 40 years traveling around the world painting landscapes in places like Yosemite Valley, the French countryside and the islands of Greece. His works include paintings of the Sacramento Delta, and have placed him among the modern classic artists that boldly capture the area’s sweeping beauty.

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Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks Of Bidou Yamaguchi
Sacramento State (CSUS) – Library Gallery
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 278-6166
www.al.csus.edu/sota/ulg

Through May 21

Talk about looking at classic art through new eyes, some very well-known classical portraits take on another dimension in “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi.” Yamaguchi takes famous portraits (e.g. the Mona Lisa) and makes three-dimensional masks inspired by Japanese Noh Theater. The new twist is not only intrinsically familiar but revolutionary. Housed in the beautiful setting of the Sac State Library.

Andy Warhol: Portraits
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000
crockerartmuseum.org

Through June 16

Every modern cultural enthusiast knows the father of pop art, Andy Warhol. The Crocker sets to highlight his portraiture drawings, in “Andy Warhol: Portraits.” He’s one of the most known and celebrated Post WWII American artists, famously painting portraits of the most influential people in Hollywood’s elite club. Come see the legend’s greatest portraits.

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Christopher Millard is a freelance writer and cultural critic whose music reviews can be found on Examiner.com. He also works as a publicist for Valence Communications Group and is a contributor to the health and wellness magazine, Hybrid. Chris currently resides in Sacramento, California.
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