Art in San Francisco

My recent trip to SF was ostensibly to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law, but I managed to make it into quite an art trip as well. My thanks to Sue’s patience and flexibility as we explored museums and galleries.

Modern Art
After an overview of the city’s architecture, wind, and fog via double-decker bus, we honed in on SFMOMA. The bulk of the space, the top two floors, was still given over to the Fisher collection, though the exhibit had officially ended over the weekend. This review thought it was crowded, but I found that enhanced the effect of seeing piece after piece, huge both physically and in name. I saw lots of Diebenkorns, Rothko’s #14 from 1960, and my first in-person Sean Scully, which made the trip worth it right there. Here’s a link to another blogged visit, with lots of photos, because unlike what I’m used to with art, non-flash photos were allowed!


Accessible Art
Our final jaunt around town, before I needed to catch my flight home, centered on Union Square and outlying galleries. We headed toward a couple of small schools, hoping to find student art. Our best find was Hang Art, where almost every artist rang true for me. Standouts were Jenny Balisle, Jennifer Hendricks, Claire Kuo, Liz Maxwell, and Olivia Brown (left). I also like their philosophy of accessible art. If you click on the image of Olivia’s work, you have access to the gallery’s shopping cart & shipping features.


Dimensional Art
Our last stop was the Weinstein gallery, which looked big and showy, full of status pieces — not my style at all. But, we kept passing it on our walks and Sue thought we should go in. Good thing! We would have missed an amazing retrospective, mostly hidden on the basement level, featuring Enrico Donati. We also both loved a piece by Max Ernst’s son Jimmy: Midnight Sun.


Many of the pieces that captured me have a textured, 2-and-a-half dimensional quality that I’m missing in my currently all-digital work. The Scully piece was thick strokes of paint on separate pieces of board; several of the Hang Art pieces used French enamel varnish with pigment, raised at the edges, and the Donatis had large swaths of gritty texture. It made me realize that I do miss the hands-on feel of physical art. I’ll have to find a way to blend physical and digital techniques…

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  1. le boulot says:

    Me likey.

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