Friday, May 30, 2008
Art and Nature
A friend visiting from New York wanted to check out the copper-plated architecture of the new de Young Museum, so we jumped on a bus to Golden Gate Park while I gave him a small warning.
"There are a few wonderful paintings by local painters Jess and Thiebaud and Diebenkorn, along with a great African tapestry made out of the foil from bottle caps (above)..."
"...and the Turrell earthen dome in the sculpture garden is beyond cool..."
"...but compared to the museum collections in New York, the place really is a junkpile and can barely be called second class."
The largest challenge to the de Young museum is the amazing mixture of nature and artifice that is Golden Gate Park itself, where sand dunes have been transformed into primordial ponds...
...where you can watch mallard ducks and turtles sunning themselves on logs next to a great blue heron.
How can the de Young's objets d'art even begin to compete?