Happy Fourth of July!
In honor of the holiday weekend, we’re sharing Jeff Benedetto’s Three Sconces from 1988.
If you’re looking for a way to pass the afternoon while your burgers are on the grill, might we recommend diving into our online collection?
You never know what you’ll stumble across.
And stay tuned for more #SubmissionFriday posts!
Posted on Friday, July 4th 2014
CLOSING: Public Intimacy at YBCA
Disrupting expected images of South Africa, Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa explores the poetics and politics of the everyday. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals the nuances of human interaction in a country still undergoing significant change.
The exhibition closes Sunday, June 29.
Posted on Friday, June 27th 2014
A reminder to look at the world around us.
Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014
Bejeweled and begrimed. Seductive yet repulsive. Marilyn Minter’s Strut, a dirty heel wearing a Dior stiletto, is enamel painted on metal.
Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, writes:
Despite the excesses of Minter’s work, I cannot stop staring at one small speck of grime on the larger-than-life heel. It is just under the fleshy, swollen fold of the skin right about where the ankle meets the heel. It looks wet, three-dimensional, and for reasons I cannot quite express, outright disgusting. I feel this filthy speck and it sends shivers down my spine, undoing the façade of glamorous. It is just too close to real life. Of course, this is exactly the point. Minter’s subject reminds us that, in the end even the most glamorous figure will be covered in dirt.
How do you respond to Strut? Is it beautiful? Revolting? Glamorous? Gorgeous? Or something else?
Gorgeous brings together the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA. The exhibition, on view at the Asian Art Museum, explores the extremes and ambiguities of beauty, inviting viewers to draw their own conclusions.
Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014
Ever wondered how neon signs are made?
Posted on Friday, June 20th 2014
Reblogged from HuffPost Arts
The Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, FESTAC ‘77, featured 40,000 artists convening in Lagos, Nigeria for cultural festival that rivaled the size of the Olympics.
It was a festival that featured names like Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. It brought together visual artists, musicians and writers.
What is baffling is how an event so large has remained in near obscurity.
If you haven’t heard of FESTAC ‘77, you aren’t alone. On view in San Francisco Public Library through June 29, Chimurenga Library activates the library to begin uncovering the history of this significant festival.
Enjoy the journey…
Want to learn more? Visit the Chimurenga Library blog→
Posted on Tuesday, June 10th 2014
Reblogged from Chimurenga Library
Shawn: You want to paint?
Shawn: I need to make a Jackson Pollock.
Me: OK! We should probably do this outside. (later)
Shawn: We should really have some music. Can you play ‘because I’m happy’? When that comes on, I really start firing. #playartfully #jacksonpollock #bestwaytospendtheevening #weloveart by csmonaghan2012 http://ift.tt/1koShrJ
Well, this is adorable! A young Pollock on the rise :)
As a bouncer at the Catacombs, a seedy nightclub in Cape Town, South Africa, Monk had no formal training as a photographer when he began taking photos. Monk photographed the patrons of the nightclub, capturing intimate moments.
Posted on Sunday, June 8th 2014
Posted on Saturday, June 7th 2014
You never know what you’ll stumble upon in our ArtScope.
This one is in honor of National Donut Day.
Untitled [donuts], from the series British Food, by photographer Martin Parr, was taken in 1995. Continuing to resonate with audiences, “Parr enables us to see things that have seemed familiar to us in a completely new way” according to Thomas Weski.
Posted on Friday, June 6th 2014
Ever consider the role light and architecture play in art?
In our May Artcast James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson, and Robert Irwin discuss light and perception. THE SOMETHING, a Bay Area performance collective, concludes the SFMOMA podcast with an experimental sound piece inspired by the work of artist Dan Flavin.
Posted on Wednesday, June 4th 2014