|Safety Pin sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen|
An exhibition of work by Richard Diebenkorn is the main attraction at the moment, but I loved the whole experience of visiting. The crack in the pavement (see below) leading into the museum might seem like cause for alarm, but it turns out not to be real crack but a work of art, by Andy Goldsworthy, reminding us of the previous museum's fate.
Now and again you see a piece of site-specific art and wonder what a) the artist and b) the person who commissioned it could possibly have been thinking, but this is brilliant - witty, apposite and unnerving. Like the building itself it is exactly as it should be.
This is not quite the case with the Diebenkorn show, which could have done with being whittled down a bit. I stared and stared at the numerous early abstract paintings without enjoying the experience that much. To my mind they show an artist who loved landscape trying to be an Abstract-Expressionist; they do serve as a fascinating prequel to the main story of his career, but are they interesting in their own right?
|Berkeley #44, 1955 (Private collection © 2013 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation)|
|Seawall, 1957 (Fine Arts Museums of SF © 2013 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation)|
|Cityscape, Landscape 1 (SF MOMA © 2013 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation)|
|Interior with Doorway, 1962 (Pennsylvania Acad. of Fine Arts © 2013 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation)|
|Ocean Park No. 16, 1968 (Fine Arts Museums of SF © 2013 The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation)|