Archive of Art

Be the best maple tree you can be

on June 16th, 2016 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, Serendipity by | Comments Off

My inner control freak loves bonsai! It’s nature, in a tiny, perfectly-designed form. Over a long weekend in Oregon, I lucked into an exhibit of American bonsai by Ryan Neil at the Portland Japanese Garden. It was charming and beautifully staged in origami-like frames. What I learned is that American…

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What Do You Think?

on May 11th, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Over the past few years I’ve seen many museums trying to create reflective, interactive experiences for visitors. This is an important effort considering the pressures on museums as they fight for financial resources in a downturn, not to mention mind share in an age of digital entertainment. The effort is…

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Shanghai Exhibit

on August 18th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | Comments Off

This week I spent the day in the city with my parents, including a visit to the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. There was no photography allowed, so I couldn’t snap my favorite pieces to show here and I struck out finding them online as well: Shen Roujian,…

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Art is Anything You Can Get Away With

on July 13th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Defining Art

on July 10th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Last weekend there was a highly critical article about the Chihuly exhibit at the De Young that really got my back up. The money quote: “The history of art is a history of ideas, not just of valuable property. Chihuly has no place in it, and the de Young disserves…

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Genius

on May 29th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Zhan Wang’s stainless steel sculpture of San Francisco was an impressive installation, even though it was hard to visually sort a sea of shiny stainless steel and in a few places it felt like the artist ran out of steam and just started throwing in extra tea kettles. What I…

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Glass Raindrops

on May 29th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The de Young and the Asian Art Museum are arguably the best art museums in San Francisco, although the bar is not as high here as I would like. The installation shown above is by Kiki Smith, and it was commissioned specifically for this space at the de Young. I…

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Genius

on May 17th, 2008 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

I can’t wait to see this sculpture in person! The city of San Francisco, replicated in stainless cookware. What’s not to love? I especially love the interpretation of docks and piers. From the Asian Art Museum site: “For his exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, Wang has selected rocks from…

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Bird Mural

on December 1st, 0812 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

One night recently an old friend was in town, and we met in the Mission for dinner. It was one of those rare nights in the city where the weather is perfect and there isn’t a hint of the usual chilly wind. We just started walking with no destination in…

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