NYC vs. SF in Winner-Takes-All Art Death Match


So I’ve had the pleasure of spending 2 weekends in NYC this summer and another four in San Francisco.  I’m a sucker for hitting the art galleries and the best this summer were in...San Francisco.

Not what I expected, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  Above are photos of two of the exhibits that I thought were the best.  On the left is a sculpture by Ruth Asawa from the De Young Museum.  They have a tower with a great view of the city and as you wait for the elevator you’re surrounded by her sculptures in a purposefully lit concrete chamber.  Think of it her sculptures as a charming addition to a CIA interrogation room.

Not too far from the museum is a cafe called The Canvas Gallery.  It’s a cafe/bar/restaurant/art gallery just outside Golden Gate park.  When we were there they had an installation of over 20,000 pieces of folded paper called “Thing That Makes Everyone Beautiful” by Paul Andrew Hayes.  The effect of standing under them was sublime; that’s probably why nobody left any of the tables there for the entire hour and a half we were there.

Final tally: SF 1, NYC 0.  One uninformed, ranting man has spoken.

Monday, August 21, 2006

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