Sunday, January 9, 2011

Three Wonderful Installations at De Young Museum, San Francisco

During my recent trips to De Young Museum to view collections from Musée d’Orsay, I also stopped by to see three very interesting installations, which are part of De Young's permanent collections.

The most poignant one was Anti-Mass, 2005, Cornelia Parker (b 1956), Charcoal and wire, which was a 3-D explosion of suspended debris constructed of the burned remains of a Southern Black Baptist church destroyed by arsonists:

Another anti-war or anti-violence peace was The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007, Al Farrow (born 1943), which was made of Guns, bullets, shot, steel, glass, tooth, bone and 15th century fabric:

The third one was Hovor II, 2004, El Anatsui (b 1944), which was a large sheet of "fabric" made of woven aluminum bottle caps, copper wire, an indictment to the consumerism, perhaps:

These works were as timely as timelessly and they haunt me often.

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