First off, we decided to visit the Koret Visitor Education Center on the second floor, where we were bombarded with books about modern art and the museum itself. We browsed through the books and were delighted with what we saw, so we decided to just head out into the museum and look around for ourselves.
We decided to stay on the second floor, which contained an exhibit of (obviously) various works from the 19th and 20th centuries. We found many pieces of artwork in which we absolutely would love to have in our homes, but hardly any of them would fit in our budget, for both the conservative budget and the larger budget. Here are some of the works of art in which we adored, but don't think we would be able to have as our own.
|Arshile Gorky- Enigmatic Combat (1936-1937)|
|Mark Rothko- No. 14 1960 (1960)|
|Franz Marc- Gebirge (1911-1912)|
|Josef Albers- Homage to the Square: Confident (1954)|
|Roy Lichtenstein- Mirror #2 (1970)|
|Andy Warhol- Self-Portrait (1967)|
|Joan Brown- Noel in the Kitchen (1964)|
|Robert Rauschenberg- Collection (1954)|
|Anna Parkina- Common Field (2011)|
|Clyfford Still- Untitled (1960)|
|Mary Heilmann- Fire and Ice Remix (2006)|
|Joan Mitchell- Untitled (1960)|
|Amy Silman- U.S. of Alice the Goon (2008)|
|Tacita Dean- Beauty (2006)|
|Richard Diebenkorn- Berkeley #57 (1955)|
Overall, I am critical of the Museum as a venue for modern art. For viewers who don't have knowledge of Art History, an impersonal museum viewing of modern art can be overwhelming. Because modern art is so vague in its shapes, designs (or lack of design), and colors, modern art needs more explaining. A venue like a street fair or artist open studio is much more conducive to viewers understanding and enjoying modern art because there is an artist who can explain their work and it seems more personal, which is especially necessary for viewers of modern art.
Also as a fantasy art collector, visiting SFMOMA was frustrating because if we found a piece of work that we would purchase for our home, most likely it was unreasonably priced. But why? Is the art selected to hang in a formal setting such a SFMOMA really better quality modern art than modern art you might find at a street festival? Visiting SFMOMA may be an aesthetically nice way to spend a free afternoon, but in terms of purchasing art, it is not my first choice.