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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFMOMA Will Reopen With an Enormous Gallery Devoted to Ellsworth Kelly (And More)

SFMOMA Will Reopen With an Enormous Gallery Devoted to Ellsworth Kelly (And More)

Almost three years since it closed for expansion, SFMOMA is oh-so close to reopening – reincarnated as a 10-story super-museum whose collection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, films, and other artwork rivals that of any modern art museum in the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFMOMA Gets Richard Serra's <i>Taraval Beach</i> -- A Work That's Built Into a Wall

SFMOMA Gets Richard Serra's Taraval Beach -- A Work That's Built Into a Wall

In 1977, Richard Serra made an unexpected contribution to the Whitney Museum's Biennial exhibition. Instead of his well-known, large-scale steel sculptures, he offered a wall-size abstraction he called an "Installation Drawing." Serra did not pay homage to the Whitney's Upper…
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Culture, Art Taking in Richard Serra's Arresting Drawings

Taking in Richard Serra's Arresting Drawings

Walking hurriedly through the galleries at SFMOMA, leading me on a tour of his life's drawings, Richard Serra suddenly stops in front of Pacific Judson Murphy, a giant, horizontal work that envelops two walls and an entire corner. The drawing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Completing the Picture

Completing the Picture

In the plaza area of UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, people frequently look up in awe at the Richard Serra sculpture called “Ballast.” Around the world, Serra’s sculptures are rightfully lauded for their expanse and vision, but as Serra told Charlie…
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Culture, Art Fall Arts: Eight Visual Art Exhibits You Must See This Season

Fall Arts: Eight Visual Art Exhibits You Must See This Season

Yoon Lee: "Minor Inconveniences" Sept. 8-Oct. 22 at Marx & Zavattero, 77 Geary (at Grant), S.F. Free; 627-9111 or www.marxzav.com. "Swishes and chaotic shapes." That's how Yoon Lee has described the scenes in her paintings. I'd put it this way:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Retrofuturistic Realness

Retrofuturistic Realness

Table lamps of the Jetsons, Alexander Calder mobiles, and something about Richard Serra must have inspired Matt Gil to make the sculpture at “Variety Pack.” His essay-let on the gallery's website is a charming ode to focus, too: “Each one”…
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