Thursday, April 18, 2013

SFMOMA visit

Visited SFMOMA today with my friend Douglas P. There were a few highlights today, which was unexpected. I don't usually have high expectations when visiting the museum, but today was the exception.

I was completely riveted with Christian Marclay's Clock piece and enjoyed it from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. It really blew me away and hope to visit it again, hopefully sometime around midnight.



Christian Marclay
Christian Marclay, The Clock (video still), 2010; single-channel video with stereo sound; Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

APRIL 06 JUNE 02, 2013

Christian Marclay's celebrated video installationThe Clock (2010) is composed of thousands of film clips referencing the time of day, intricately edited into a 24-hour-long montage that matches real time minute for minute — a tour de force of appropriation that is also a functioning timepiece. Marclay has been known since the late 1970s for his highly crafted remixes of time-based media, from vinyl records and tape loops to digital video. He spent three years assembling this staggering work, piecing together fragments from films both famous and obscure. 

My second favorite thing was the exhibit featuring the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods.

Lebbeus Woods, Architect
Lebbeus Woods, Quake City, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995; graphite and pastel; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

FEBRUARY 16 JUNE 02, 2013

Architect Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012) dedicated his career to probing architecture's potential to transform the individual and the collective. His visionary drawings depict places of free thought, sometimes in identifiable locations destroyed by war or natural disaster, but often in future cities. Woods, who sadly passed away last year as planning for this exhibition was under way, had an enormous influence on the field of architecture over the past three decades, and yet the built structures to his name are few. The extensive drawings and models on view present an original perspective on the built environment — one that holds high regard for humanity's ability to resist, respond, and create in adverse conditions. "Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules," he once said. SFMOMA has collected Woods's work since the mid-1990s, amassing the broadest collection of his work anywhere; the exhibition will feature these holdings, as well as a selection of loans from institutional and private collections.

Finally, I loved seeing the painting Hem (1999) by Jenny Saville. She is one of my favorite painters with her thick impasto brushwork and morbid view of the body.

oil on canvas | 120 in. x 84 in.

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