The SF Museum of Modern Art and SFO Airport in San Francisco, CA

I had not been to the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art since it reopened in May of 2016. I was impressed by its beautifully lit gallery spaces, overall size (170,000 square feet of exhibition space) and design. They have over 33,000 works of art in their permanent collection. I was hopeful that they would have one of the two paintings that they own by Bay Area artist Roland Petersen on view, but no such luck. I was enamored nevertheless.

As with any large museum, there is a lot of art to take in. We started on the 7th floor and worked our way down through the entire museum. The following photos are the highlights for me.

I first learned about Berlin artist Nairy Baghramian at Art Basel this past December. You might remember the large resin bone that I showed in my blog post. Baghramian’s work “explores the relationships between architecture, everyday objects, and the human body and prompts us to consider form and meaning in the context of interior and exterior spaces. Retainer recalls the apparatus used to shift nonaligned teeth – the elements that constitute the work are made of translucent peach-colored resin and silicon panels, cast and hand-applied” (SFMOMA)

Mickalene Thomas, Qusuquzah, A Very Beautiful Black Woman1, 2011
Rhinestones, acrylic paint, oil and enamel paint on wood panel

Tandem Press works on prints with Mickalene Thomas. See my blog post from INK Miami Art Fair.

Bruce Nauman, Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know, 1968
Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frames

The great thing about seeing a lot of art is having a connection with pieces and artists you’ve seen in the past. When coming around the corner and I saw this piece, I immediately thought of the wonderful Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts show that I saw at MoMA in New York in 2018. I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but I never forget a good art show.

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 273, 1975
Graphite and crayon on seven walls

In October of 2017 I visited MASS MoCA. There are three stories of a historic mill building full of work by Sol LeWitt. The show, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective is on view through 2043. I’ll definitely be seeing it again.

Sol LeWitt, Wall Structure, 1963
Wood, paint and canvas
Ellsworth Kelly, Red on Red, 2001
Oil on canvas
Ellsworth Kelly, Gaza, 1956
Oil on canvas

I’m not a curator, but as a viewer I think that Ellsworth Kelly’s work looks fantastic in the newly renovated museum. Great lighting, white walls, and high ceilings. The vibrant colors of Kelly’s work looks fantastic in this museum.

David Hockney, Shirley Goldfarb + Gregory Masurovsky, 1974
Acrylic paint on canvas
Edward Hopper, Intermission, 1963
Oil on canvas

There are beautiful outdoor spaces at SFMOMA. I like the facade of the museum, and particularly liked the juxtaposition of the Rydingsvard piece.

Sahar Khoury was one of three SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) award winners. “Since 1967 the SECA Art Award has honored more than ninety under-recognized or emerging talents contributing to the vitality of art in our region. It remains central to SFMOMA’s support of the Bay Area art community, elevating creative visions that are shaping artistic dialogues here and beyond.” The award winners this year were Sahar Khoury, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Marlon Mullen. You can read more about Sahar Khoury here.

Yves Klein
Left: Eponge (SE 180), 1957
Resin with pigment on sponge

Right: Eponge (SE 251), 1961
Resin with pigment on sponge

My heart lept when I walked into the room with the Yves Klein pieces. I particularly love Klein’s Eponge series. Read more about Yves Klein and his signature hue IKB (International Klein Blue) in my blog post from Art Basel.

Top left: Beatrice Wood, c. 1980s
earthenware with applied decoration, luster glaze

Bottom right: Beatrice Wood, c.1980s
earthenware with applied decoration, luster glaze

I went to San Francisco just for the day to see the Annabeth Rosen show before it closed. I couldn’t believe when I got off the plane that I immediately spotted some Beatrice Wood pieces. California Studio Craft featuring works from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection is one of many art displays at San Francisco International Airport.

Top: Beatrice Wood, bowl, c.1940s
earthenware with painted decoration, glaze

Bottom right: Beatrice Wood, tile, 1942
Hermosa tile with painted decoration, glaze
Peter Voulkas, plate, c. 1952
stoneware with sgraffito portraiture, glaze
Top: Peter Voulkos, sculptural vessel, 1964
stoneware, glaze

Bottom: Peter Voulkos, sculptural plate, 1999
wood -fired stoneware, glaze
Gertrude and Otto Natzler, vase, 1940
earthenware, lava glaze
Top left: Ruth Asawa, basket, 1950
looped copper wire

Bottom: Ruth Asawa, sculpture, c. 1980s
bronze over looped wire

Having just seen an incredible Woody De Othello installation at Meridians at Art Basel, I was excited to find out that San Francisco International Airport has a beautiful deck full of his pieces. Time, Turn and Light are bronze pieces installed in 2019. “Time, Turn and Light depict ambiguous sets of hands interacting with everyday objects such as clocks, a flashlight, a candle, and a doorknob. These objects are rendered in an uncanny fashion with a sense of play, emotional intuition, and surrealism that provokes viewers to reimagine themselves and the way they view the world around them.” These pieces belong to the Collection of the City and County of San Francisco. I’m eager to see Woody De Othello: Breathing Room at the San Jose Museum of Art. It is open through April 5, 2020.