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Figure assise sur fond jaune (Figure seated on yellow background) (mixed media on canvas, 2002. Courtesy of Modernism, San Francisco.) French artist Pierre Antoniucci draws from sources ranging from antiquity to modernism, and melds these together. The first U.S. exhibition of Antoniucci’s paintings, Question de Temps (Matter of Time), features two major bodies of work from the past 10 years, both examining the theme of time, yet via different paths. “Figure assise sur fond jaune” is part of the second body of work, which explores the theme of portraiture. “It’s the passing of time,” Antoniucci says, “that makes these figures fade, shrink, lighten, and disperse—it minimalizes them, turning them into ghosts or angels.” The first part of the exhibition features paintings which take inspiration from French author Alain Borer, and three characters engaging in a “race against time” on hoof, bicycle, and Bugatti. Question de Temps (Matter of Time), runs through July 6, at Modernism, 685 Market St., San Francisco. For info: (415) 541-0461 or

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FEATURE |  What I Miss
Curl up with the winners of our latest essay contest, a twice-a-year feature that resonates with readers and writers alike. As always, we tossed local word-masters the very beginnings of a theme—“What I miss” was this summer’s choice—and waited to see what came our way. We weren’t disappointed.
By Stacy Appel, Lorrie Goldin, Liz Keiley-Roark, Lydia A. Nayo, Barbara Ridley.

The Kilduff File |  Laura B. Weiss
The author of Ice Cream, A Global History, serves up a double scoop of facts and myths—local and worldwide—about everyone’s favorite frozen dessert.
By Paul Kilduff


Money Talks explains how the heck to retire in our dear—in more ways than one—Bay Area. | by Mary Eisenhart

Living Well offers a simple solution—yoga—for women contending with the often unpleasant surprises of menopause. | by Susan E. Davis

Boomer Bio profiles C.J. Hirschfield, executive director of fun and frolic at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland. |  by Mike Rosen-Molina

Boomer Bio photographer Margaretta K. Mitchell’s work is currently exhibited in a retrospective at the Photo Gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland, through June 1, with a reception and artist talk on the final day, Saturday, June 1, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For info: or

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