With a new mayor we get new policies and practices. Mr. Newsome is sworn in on Thursday. Should be interesting...From the SF Chronicle.
Gavin Newsom says he's crazy about art -- but time will tell if he can transcend wonkishness to usher in a shining renaissance of the arts in San Franciscomore...
Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic
When Gavin Newsom spent a semester in Italy during his junior year in college, he fell in love with pre-Renaissance art. Sure, he appreciated the Renaissance masterpieces, San Francisco's mayor-elect said the other day, "the Baroque and Rococo less so." What excited the young Newsom most, in 14th century works by Duccio, Giotto and others, were the early stirrings of perspective in Western art, the quest to represent three dimensions on a two- dimensional plane. "I was fascinated with that incredible shift in thinking."
As Newsom takes center stage in City Hall with his swearing in Thursday, San Francisco's panoramic arts world awaits the new perspectives and conceptual shifts that may come with a new mayoral administration. Fingers are crossed -- with some eyes skeptically rolling at the idea -- that a kind of arts renaissance could be in the works for San Francisco in 2004 and beyond.