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