Friday, January 02, 2009

Palm Springs Sculpture



The Palm Springs Art Museum is a perfect size...



...easily digestible yet large enough to show off an amazingly deep collection...



...particularly in sculpture that includes one gorgeous Henry Moore after another.



There's an Anselm Kiefer headless woman on the top floor...



...that complements the glass headless woman on the ground floor.



A maternal Louise Bourgoise spider was crawling up one wall...



...next to another Henry Moore that leads the way downstairs to the basement...



...where my favorite creepy photoreal couple is hanging out in a hallway.

5 comments:

namastenancy said...

I'm surprised that such a small museum has such a world class collection. Usually small museums are heavy on the 3rd rate landscape artists and stuff that came from somebody's grandmother's basement but this collection has class.

sfmike said...

Dear Nancy: It is a surprisingly good museum, possibly because there are a quite a number of wealthy old people in the Coachella Valley with major art collections, and the institution seems to treat them right. The place is also much more of a community institution than, say, the deYoung in Golden Gate Park. Admission is free every Thursday during the street fair in Palm Springs a block away, and there are nice touches like the signage for the Keith Haring show being in both English and Spanish.

Matty Boy said...

Hi, Mike, beautiful stuff. Is the sculpture in the second picture from the top also the work of Moore? I really like it and tried to find another picture online, but no luck. There's nothing else in his collection that looks anything like it. It clearly appeals to my blatant math-iness.

sfmike said...

Dear Matty: No, it's not Moore, forget who the artist is, but I loved it too even without having any math-iness. Happy New Year, dude.

Joe Lynn said...

Jeffrey Williams' dad was the architect of the PS Museum. Jeffrey, a very nice guy, was an abstract painter known for his candy colors and active in San Francisco 30 years ago.