Upon a friend's strong recommendation, I visited San Francisco Modern Art Museum (SFMOMA) today to see Jay DeFeo's retrospective, which was already on my agenda since my visit to De Young Museum last week when I saw several of her impressive graphic works and remembered one of her monumental paintings I'd seen at Berkeley Art Museum before. Below are some of her works I saw at De Young Museum:
Her retrospectives were impressive and there were much to admire and even love, though her intellectual way of art making sometimes failed to generate resonance in me but far superior to the better-known Jasper Johns, of whom an exhibit was also organized and was shown at SFMOMA at this time.
However, the most interesting exhibit at SFMOMA at the moment was several large banners of calligraphy hanging in the lobby, from top fifth floor to the second. They included writings in several languages including Chinese, Arabic and perhaps English, Tibetan, etc. Individually or in group, they were delicate, solid and ethereal. Balm to the eyes.