San Francisco is gorgeous and full of surprises - with the up and down hills, blue waters and karl the fog. You can never predict the weather in SF — you can walk from one street to the other and experience micro climates, like from the windy and cold FiDi to the warm and sunny SOMA.
I have always wanted to visit SF MOMA since they opened after renovation and I finally got a full day to spend at the SF Museum of Modern Art, walking 7 floors, participating in the public tours - about 7 miles (10am- 5pm).
Art is a perception, what one sees is different from what catches the eye for the next person.
Architecture - Botta Meets Snøhetta
SF MOMA has transformed in style to be part of the city of today. The public tours are great to learn about the history of SF MOMA. Little did I know this amazing institution started in 1935 in Civic Center and has been the foundation to transform SOMA, south of market to what it is today.
We always take a photo from the front — I wonder if that was a wise idea in photography.
Ever wondered what photos from different angles would look like? It’s all about your view, what you can and cannot see.
It always amazes me when I see architecture that defies space and dimensions. The new curved Snøhetta building complements the old Botta brick architecture.
One of Anish Kapoor’s work is the Vortex — an optical illusion with fiber glass, lacquer and wood. This quote captures his work: Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies.
Also, just learned that Anish Kapoor is also the creator of the magical Bean in Chicago. Both are spectacular pieces that show we can surpass any boundary or limits if we allow our imagination to foster and flourish ideas.
Doris and Donald Fisher, the Gap founders had found their calling with the abstract art when they collected new and forthcoming artists. Abstract art is what you see between the lines, shapes and colors. It tells many stories and you try to get in the artist’s head. It shares emotions — happy or sad and conveys the message without any words.
When we think of a painting, its always painted on a square or rectangle canvas. Ellsworth Kelly broke away from the norm and decided to paint on multi-panel canvases. I wonder if he was an architect or just fond of shapes and colors and designed stories on the walls — simplicity outlasts them all.
Anthony Hernandez wanted people to see things as they are — not staged or posed. He looked at photography as an art to share stories about people, places and things. With a focus on the color red across multiple photos or just pure black and white showed depth in the real world.
Lilith, a female protagonist — a marvelous work by Kiki Smith, defying gravity and challenging the expressions. Her eyes are composed, yet powerful and strong sharing her views on the real world. Everyone has a place and role in this world — one wouldn’t exist without the other.
Art - painting, photography, sculpture is always fascinating. Each artist strives for centuries and most do not receive the recognition they deserve in their life time. With the advances in technology, I hope that artists today are valued now and forever for their love, dedication and commitment.
Art lies within, you just need to uncover it.
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