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
Jane Bown wrote of photographing the artist, “The studio was a complete mess, cobwebs and dirt and paint everywhere, and crammed with paintings. I was rather frightened of him, I think, but what a face!”
photo and quote from the guardian
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd 2014
Reblogged from T for tout
Happy Birthday, Jasper Johns, born on this day in 1930!
We’re throwin’ it back to Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind’s Eye exhibition from 2012 with this installation shot.
Flags, targets, numbers and letters of the alphabet are things that are “seen and not looked at, not examined.” For Johns, they become vehicles for focusing in a fresh way on the familiar and a means to explore the “way the image is made.”– Gary Garrels (SFMOMA curator)
Posted on Thursday, May 15th 2014
"The power of what art can do, what a timeless painting can do… what another person looking for something inside of themselves expressed outwardly for others to share… what that can do is change a mood, change a mental state, change an afternoon, a week, a life."
Dominic Quagliozzi recently had a very inspiring encounter with Elmer Bischoff’s Orange Sweater (1955), a piece in SFMOMA’s collection that he has loved from a young age. Read more→
Posted on Thursday, May 15th 2014
Happy 82nd birthday to San Francisco native Robert Bechtle!
In his work, Robert Bechtle focuses on the things he knows best, such as family, cars, houses, and neighborhoods. In doing so he turns what seem to be ordinary scenes of middle-class American life into paintings. During his student years and into the 1960s, when he was getting his artistic footing, Pop art was evolving across the country and Bay Area Figurative art was flourishing locally. His resistance to getting caught up in the sensuous surfaces of figurative painting prompted him to move toward a tightly controlled paint handling and to work with photographic source material as a fundamental and explicit part of his practice, simultaneously exploring California culture and basic issues of painting in very matter-of-fact ways.
WATCH: Robert Bechtle on distinguishing his paintings from source photographs→
[Robert Bechtle, Yucca, 1973]
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th 2014
"It’s half an hour of really exciting action of color disappearing… it’s an antidote to everything being so fast."
Spencer’s Finch’s Back to Kansas will enhance your appreciation of color. WATCH→
Posted on Monday, December 16th 2013
As we posted about earlier, today is Robert Rauschenberg’s birthday! To celebrate, dive into the artist’s life and work in our online Rauschenberg Research Project.
Also noteworthy: Rauschenberg’s Mother of God (1950) is on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of Beyond Belief through Sunday, 10/27!
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd 2013
Image: Adam Cardello, Communicating, 2013; photo: courtesy of the artist
Posted on Tuesday, August 27th 2013
Posted on Monday, July 22nd 2013
We need your voice to add to a video we’re making! Capture pics/video of your reaction to the following prompt and submit ‘em or tag your Tumblr post w/ #SFMOMAgo.
PROMPT: Can you imagine seeing Rothko’s No. 14, 1960 anywhere but our 2nd floor? Well, get ready to! When SFMOMA’s building closes in June, major works like our Rothko will be on the go and on view at various museums around the Bay Area!
Photo by Winni Wintermeyer
Posted on Thursday, February 28th 2013
Announcing: DELECTABLE NEW BLUE BOTTLE TREATS!
Posted on Friday, February 22nd 2013