Artist a Day Challenge (15): James Baldwin

James Baldwin, 1945.  Portrait by Richard Avedon. Photo Credit, National Portrait Gallery Yesterday’s post about Dawoud Bey took a close look at his 2013 Birmingham Project, a photographic examination of church bombings and deaths that took place in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. Bey’s work was an attempt to reconcile the present through an examination … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (15): James Baldwin

SFMOMA in 3: Part 3

Recognizing that 3 posts about SFMOMA may have been overkill, I would be remiss if I didn’t share some observations on the functional space and the technology in addition to a couple of warnings that may save you from some awkward museum moments. Everything about the new building orchestrates visitors to the Fisher collection, which … Continue reading SFMOMA in 3: Part 3

SFMOMA in 3

Seasoned arts professionals who visited San Francisco last Thursday for a press preview of the magnificent new Museum of Modern Art also ambitiously popped over to the new Gagosian space, the Wattis Institute or Minnesota St Projects all in the same day. I am far from seasoned.  After my day at SFMOMA I stumbled into the bar at 111 … Continue reading SFMOMA in 3

The Veiled Genius of Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa’s art celebrates diversity of style and technique.  Drawing from illustration, painting, dance, basket weaving, music and pottery, her multi-disciplined approach to art was nurtured as a student at Black Mountain College in the late 40’s.  Her introduction to art however, came to Asawa under less than auspicious circumstances. During WW II Asawa’s entire … Continue reading The Veiled Genius of Ruth Asawa

Keith Haring & The Political Line: Timeless Observations on Politics and Power

I was in San Francisco during the holidays and was able to experience The Political Line at the De Young Museum.  This retrospective of Keith Haring took a curatorial deep dive into the artist’s creative psyche.  The show highlights his portfolio of work that addresses race, power, sex, political conflict, the environment and technology. This is … Continue reading Keith Haring & The Political Line: Timeless Observations on Politics and Power