The Layman at SFMOMA

While in the Bay Area over Christmas, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. What an interesting and beautiful place. While I only spent a couple of hours there and didn’t see anywhere near everything there is to see. I went through the Joseph Cornell exhibit, the Olafur Eliasson exhibit, and the Mattisse and Beyond exhibit. Art museums are wonderful places. There’s no way that you can’t walk away without being inspired. I stood and looked at the Picasso painting above (Scene De Rue). Pablo Picasso painted it when he was just 19 and it was actually “lost” but found behind another painting. While Picasso may have thought of it as a lesser work or even scratch paper, it captivated me. The little jpg doesn’t do it justice. And because it’s generally considered a lesser work, I’ve yet to find a shop selling a print.
Whether you “get it” or not, there is so much value in experiencing art in a museum or gallery setting and I highly recommend SFMOMA. Just don’t loose your parking garage ticket.
If you live in a town that has an art museum or a modern art museum, do yourself a favor and don’t take it for granted.

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