The artwork of the late American conceptual and minimalist artist Sol LeWitt dominates the new mezzanine-level ticket lobby of the expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA). This massive, painted installation is titled “Loopy Doopy” and is another example of LeWitt’s use of bold color and lines in his body of work. The artwork is fresh and exuberant and its curva-linear lines compliment the clean geometric lines of the architecture.
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.
We stole a few minutes on a recent visit to MoMA to duck into the permanent collection galleries to view one of those famous Henri Matisse “Dance” paintings. Experiencing the artwork up close is a treat. “Dance” is a graceful beauty of an image. When it was first shown to the public, over a hundred years ago, it was groundbreaking and bold. The painting is foundational in the development of modern and contemporary aesthetics that have followed. Seeing Matisse’s work is a pleasant, calming palette cleanser after the experience of seeing an overwhelming torrent of new contemporary art and design in recent weeks.
The galleries of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York are not someplace you’d expect to find a an actual helicopter on display, but the Shiebel S-100 “Camcopter,” a large unmanned drone the size of a sub-compact car, is fact currently on view at MoMA as part of its exhibition titled “Design and Violence.” The design exhibition looks at the design objects that have, on appearance, an ambiguous relationship with violence as seen in warfare and various private and state security operations around the world. The curved, aero-dynamic design of the chopper and its clean look and minimalist, robotic aesthetic are at once beautiful and ominous.
Pix of the upcoming Claes Oldenberg exhibition being installed at MoMA. These photos show the installation in progress of “Geometric Mouse,” a massive work that will be on view in the Atrium at MoMA starting April 2013.