Monthly Archives: September 2016

“Venice Dennis” Stencil Street Art … Venice, Los Angeles

This large stencil street art mural on a fence in Venice, in Los Angeles, depicts the late actor-artist Dennis Hopper as he appeared in the film “Apocalypse Now.” Hopper was a resident of Venice Beach, his home just a few blocks away from the location of this artwork.

“Here We Are” Street Art at Ships … Harajuku, Tokyo

Amid the labyrinthine back streets that comprise Ura-Harajuku are many examples of commissioned semi-legal street art in little niches of spaces. This artwork is on a wedge of dividing wall between the Ships clothing store and an adjacent building.

Vintage Apple Macintosh Computer in Design Gallery of SFMoMA … San Francisco

At the recently re-opened, renovated and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), there’s currently a first-rate design exhibition that offers examples of important, game-changing innovation, including the first Apple Macintosh computer from 1984. This one appears to be in mint condition.

The Oculus Bridge at SFMoMA … San Francisco

One of the distinct features of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMoMA ) is its architectural design, which includes an oculus structure that funnels natural light through a massive cylindrical space into the museum’s lobby and mezzanine galleries. A bridge traverses the space near the top. There’s nothing quite like it at any museum or major building we know of in the United States.

Street Art by Shepard Fairey on PCH …Santa Monica, Los Angeles

We spotted some new street art from artist Shepard Fairey in an unusual spot last week. Along Pacific Coast Highway, under the towering bluffs of north Santa Monica, there’s an abandoned, partially destroyed retaining wall where two new black-and-white graphic posters had been wheat-pasted. One poster is of draped triangle of the American flag. The other is a classic “Andre” Obey poster.

Frida Kahlo Mural … Mission, San Francisco 

This epic mural on the side of a store deep in San Francisco’s Mission District depicts the iconic and influential Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The Mission District (or simply, “the Mission”) is a fitting home to this artwork, given the area’s history as a hub for generations of Mexican and — more broadly — Central American immigrant communities in San Francisco. It has also been a home to many Latino artists and cultural institutions, though gentrification is gradually eroding some of the district’s Latino character.

“Love” by DFace … West Adams, Los Angeles

Alongside Interstate 10, otherwise known at the Santa Monica Freeway, there’s a massive mural by street-art star DFace on the side of a multi-storied parking structure in the West Adams area near Downtown Los Angeles.

“256 Colours” by Gerhard Richter at SFMoMA … San Francisco

We’re fans of German visual artist Gerhard Richter, perhaps best known for his “capitalist realism” and his photo-realistic and “blur” paintings. But Richter has explored several distinct visual styles and themes throughout his career. Among his body of work are his “color” (“farben”) paintings, such as this one titled “Farben 256” we saw recently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Blown-Up Robin Williams Photo as Street Art … Mission, San Francisco

This blown-up black-and-white image is a fitting street-art tribute to the late great actor-comedian Robin Williams. The photo adorns a construction-site hoarding next to a popular book shop in the Mission District of San Francisco, where Williams had lived for many years and where he spent his early career working the local stand-up comedy club scene. In the photo, Williams is young, bearded, almost feral with a poignant, restrained intensity. In context of the city’s visual clutter, the image manages stands out.