October 02, 2009

S.F. M.O.M.A., part 2

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photo by Donald Kinney

I wasn't part of this guided tour at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, but next time maybe I should tag along and learn something -- my knowledge of Modern Art is woefully thin, although I have spent my entire life working in art related fields.

But expert or not, I knew EXACTLY where this tour-guide was going with her leading question to the group of:   "How may colors do you think are in this painting?".   One person replied "three", and another person said "basically two" -- but of course both guesses were wrong, and the tour-guide went on to explain all about how artists achieve a depth of color and range of tones in their paintings by mixing wet-into-wet and doing numerous transparent overglazes.

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photo by Donald Kinney

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photo by Donald Kinney

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photo by Donald Kinney

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photo by Donald Kinney

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Louise said...

It's been a while (I'm answer your last comment later), but I am giggling upon seconds after returning. Modern art mostly isn't my thing, and I'd make a huge fool of myself discussing it. I do like some, but liking and having anything intelligent to say are completely different. (And I despise homework!)

photowannabe said...

My brain isn't into homework so that's just fine with me. You have captured pictures that fire the imagination and isn't that better than being told what to think?

Civic Center said...

Actually, your photos are better than the paintings, and I'm being completely sincere. I actively hate that huge pencil painting in person, but the cropped detail in your photo looks great. Ditto the Warhol "Elizabeth Taylor." Way to transform "art" into art. And thank you for the lack of homework, the pictures say it all.

Brad said...

Hey, were you there on Friday? My wife and I were there then. She's part of a sketch group that gets together there Friday afternoons. SFMOMA's really a SF treasure. Hope you got a chance to see the Avedon show.

AphotoAday said...

HI LOUISE -- Yeah, that homework thing -- for me avoiding it was an art that I would have gotten high marks in... Never would imagine that you wouldn't appreciate homework -- that's some info you probably wouldn't want to share with your kids...

AND HI PHOTOWANNABE SUE -- "Pictures that fire the imagination" -- wow -- that's a very colorful phrase...

AND HI S.F. MIKE -- Don't know if I am fully deserving of your praise, but that certainly seems to be an interesting way of looking at it...

AND HI BRAD -- Well, it was Friday two weeks ago... I'm sure I'll be back many times in the future... While others may be a bit critical of SF-MOMA, every part of it completely blew me away... I even got in trouble for talking with my mechanic on my cellphone... And yes, I definitely did get to see the Avedon show -- loved it, but I decided to just put the camera back in the bag while I viewed it... I was already in a trance -- wanted to soak it all in. Not that I've ever been a huge Avedon fan, but this exhibit brought me closer to that end...

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