Richard Man – Photography and Calligraphy

July 3, 2009

SF MOMA – Adams, O’Keefe, and R. Frank

Filed under: photography — Tags: — richard @ 8:41 pm

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is currently running a special exhibit on “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams, Natural Affinities.” The curator sarrange images of similar themes from both artists and exhibit them together. It is a rare chance to see how similar subjects are interpreted differently by two  master artists.

It is absolutely stunning to see a good Silver Gelatin Print done right by a master printer like Adams. In Wanda Lake, unlike the web image or the commercial prints you see which look flat and lack of subtlety, the bottom of the lake is deep into the silver print itself and emerges slowly as you view the print. Even the pages of the hardcover “Adams at 100,” which has one of the better printing of Adams’ work, are just pale imitations. The Moonrise print is equally stunningly beautiful.

Even more a treat is Robert Frank’s “The Americans” exhibit. All 83 prints are there, plus the handwritten pages of Kerouac’s first and second draft of the Introduction. The book shows how sequencing and editing can make the whole much greater than the sum of its part. The exhibit itself is excellent, including Frank’s work before and after the book was published.

As if that is not enough, in July 11, SFMOMA will open an exhibit on Richard Avedon. We will be back.

I took some photos of course, but not of the photo exhibits, which have a no-photo policy:

“Too Much Culture,” after walking around for close to 3 hours seeing multiple exhibits, the 14 year old taking a break

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… but she bounced back in no time:

SFMOMA is in a visually appealing 5 story building. Even the stairwells are nicely designed:

On the building across the street, someone put up a “Waldo” behind one of the fan units, and everyone who passes by the window in SFMOMA would have a giggle that they have finally found Waldo:


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