Ah, spring… a season of blossoming, growth, and transition. For your inspiration, SFMOMA’s Open Space presents five responses to the theme of transition, featuring work from SFMOMA’s collection.
Image: Alan W. George, Millview, Florida, United States, 2009; Courtesy the artist; © Alan W. George
Posted on Tuesday, April 15th 2014
Pirkle Jones (American, 1914—2009)
We could use some more rain, couldn’t we…
Posted on Thursday, April 3rd 2014
Reblogged from The Essential Whatness
#TBT x 3: In 1993, artist Rachel Whiteread became the first woman to receive the Turner Prize!
In 2004, SFMOMA invited Whiteread to give an artist talk, in which she traced her artistic development from cast sculptures of domestic spaces and objects to her monumental public works. For your listening pleasure, we’ve just published audio from the talk→
In 2009, Whiteread’s Contents was on view at SFMOMA alongside works by Anish Kapoor and Julie Mehretu in the exhibition Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection.
Posted on Thursday, March 20th 2014
SFMOMA NEWS: Meet Rosalie!
SFMOMA has just acquired a 1971 wall sculpture by Robert Rauschenberg titled Rosalie / Red Cheek / Temporary Letter / Stock. Rauschenberg moved from New York to Captiva Island, Florida, in fall 1970, and began a new series, the Cardboards, that repurposed used boxes as raw material for sculpture. Rosalie neatly encapsulates this Florida-to-New York transition through two mailing labels that the artist affixed to the “Red Cheek” apple cider box during his move. He addressed one label to himself in the general delivery for Captiva; the other, a return label, bears the address of his New York studio.
SFMOMA acquired Rosalie through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artwork Gift and Purchase program, and the sculpture has been added to the Rauschenberg Research Project, our online Rauschenberg catalogue published last summer.
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014
I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on — and the fact that lots of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I communicate those basic human emotions… The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships, then you miss the point!
Have you ever had a strong emotional experience when viewing a work by Rothko?
Posted on Saturday, March 1st 2014
PREVIEW: 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 opening party for Public Intimacy is TONIGHT, and Athi-Patra Ruga will perform The Elder of Azania tomorrow at YBCA, 6pm.
Posted on Friday, February 21st 2014
MUSEUM NEWS: Introducing The Artist Initiative!
SFMOMA is thrilled to announce The Artist Initiative, a long-term project dedicated to collaborating with living artists in order to put their voices at the center of our evolving approach to art conservation and collection research. Supported by a $1.75 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of the main objectives of The Artist Initiative is to share new research with the museum community, and surface findings for the public through web publishing and enriched in-gallery experiences.
“Traditionally thought of as a solitary pursuit in backrooms of museums, art conservation is rapidly emerging as a collaborative and relationship-based practice in the museum of the 21st century,” said Jill Sterrett, director of collections and conservation at SFMOMA. ”As art making has grown from an individual endeavor to comprise more collaborative or shared experiences, so too has conservation, engaging many disciplines within the museum. An ever-growing array of unorthodox artist materials—ranging from food to the internet—adds to the demand for a corollary shift in thinking from museums.”
WHAT THIS MEANS: We’ll now be working with artists directly to preserve their works. We’ll then share our findings with the museum community, and you!
The Artist Initiative will begin by diving into five areas of SFMOMA’s collection: Photography in the 1970s, The Art of Ellsworth Kelly, Up Close with Vija Celmins, Julia Scher’s Predictive Engineering, and Bay Area High-Tech Design. READ MORE→
Posted on Monday, February 10th 2014
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Art inspires art! :)
"Art matters, not just as an educational tool, but as a vital component of a balanced society."
Posted on Monday, February 3rd 2014
As you all most likely know by now, President Obama made an offhand remark this week that manufacturing work is possibly more lucrative than pursuing work in the arts. Seems like a good moment to remember the profound role that the arts play in fostering creativity and innovation!
How have you put your arts education to work?
Posted on Friday, January 31st 2014
It’s time to make some ART! Whether you prefer to unplug, draw, speak, hunt, or collect, we have artist-created instructions to help you explore new ideas. Head to our Live Projects Tumblr and see the “art actions” tab to explore our collaborative Let’s Do This! project!
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th 2014