Thursday, November 10, 2011

Palm Springs Art Museum 3: Blast from the Past



The Palm Springs Art Museum assembles smart, interesting exhibitions from focused areas of their permanent collection in a way that San Francisco museums should study.



Currently, across the lobby from a surprisingly wonderful Andrew Wyeth touring show, there is an exhibit called Blast From The Past: 60s and 70s Geometric Abstractions, curated by the museum's Katherine Plake Hough.



The Optical Art, Kinetic Art, Minimalist, Hard-Edge and Color-Field pieces are bracing when facing each other...



...and though there are works by famous artists like Frank Stella's 1970 Grid Stack above and William Turnbull's 1961 lithograph below...



...much of the pleasure of the exhibit is finding interesting work by artists who you have never heard of before.



The 1970 Elusive by the Russian/Israeli/Canadian artist Kesso Eloul above...



...the 1975 Night by American Leo Maranz...



...Lunar Circuit by the Russian-American Helen Garardia...



...and the piece above by the recently deceased Colombian artist Omar Rayo were a just a few of my favorite things...



...along with Light Disc, a 1960 sculpture of painted nails on burlap over wood by the German artist Gunther Uecker.

2 comments:

namastenancy said...

Thanks for the art show! You have dispelled my fallacies about Palm Springs that all it had were golf playing Republicans.

AphotoAday said...

That's some powerful stuff alright...
Also really enjoyed seeing the Sid Avery photos.