November 26th, 2013
I was in Seattle with friends this past weekend, and was glad to spend a bit of time on Saturday at some of my favourite galleries. I really wanted to see Guy Laramee’s new work at Foster White Gallery, as well as Marco Mazzoni at Roq La Rue.
The most exciting work I came across, completely by accident, was Deborah Butterfield’s beautiful sculptures of abstract horses at Greg Kucera gallery. I’ve seen these on the internet many times because they get mentioned quite a bit on various art blogs, but they are incredible in person.
They are larger than life-size but have the quiet presence of standing next to a living horse. I never realized her work are bronze casts of the sculptures she first creates in wood.
Take a look at the video below where Deborah Butterfield shares a bit about her process. I wish I had a piece of land where I could install one of her horses. They are inspiring.
October 11th, 2013
My previous visit to San Francisco was in October 2007, and one of the highlights of that visit was walking through Clarion Alley. So of course I needed to see it again on this trip.
The alley is small but is filled with art from end to end thanks to the Clarion Alley mural project, which has been on-going for about twenty years. There is a good mix of styles and subject matter in the work, and I was interested to see a few pieces still there after all this time.
The full set of photos I took on both visits to Clarion Alley can be found on Flickr.
October 3rd, 2013
I wrote briefly about Ruth Asawa’s work because it is so arresting and inspiring, but there were many other amazing works I saw on my visit to the de Young Museum. I went up to the ninth floor of the look out tower to check out the 360 degree view of San Francisco, and from there made my way through the many galleries showcasing the permanent collection.
The de Young is a fine arts museum with objects from a wide variety of cultures. What I’m sharing here are some of the pieces I found the most interesting. It’ll give you an idea of how varied the collection actually is.
Intricate rattan sculpture by Honda Syoryu.
Blown glass sculpture by William Morris.
Cast glass portrait by Nicholas Africano
Maker unknown but this is from their collection of New Guinea art.
Maker unknown, from the collection of the Americas.
The Blue Veil by Edmund Charles Tarbell.
Installation by Cornelia Parker.
On the outside of the museum there is a small sculpture garden with a site specific work by James Turrell, called Three Gems. I remember it well from my previous visit because entering into feels like stepping into another world, but with a clear view of a familiar sky.
I count the de Young amongst the favourite museums I’ve visited around the world, because it never fails to inspire me.