A quick work trip to San Francisco is always a pleasure. With all this fantastic city has to offer we never exhaust our options, and are constantly inspired by S.F.’s sweeping vistas, lifestyle, and thriving gallery culture.

After three years of renovations the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopened in May of last year and we finally got to check it out. With 170,000 square feet of exhibition space and six times more public space as the previous building, we could use another week in the city to properly tour the 33,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts on display.

The museum’s mission to make art for our time a vital and meaningful part of public life, resonates with us at Farmboy Fine Arts. We believe that artwork can offer innumerable social, cultural, and economic benefits to the communities that surround and everyone involved. This unifying vision is what aligns our objectives, with the SFMOMA, to continue fostering creativity and embracing new ways of seeing the world.

We loved Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art for it’s strong collection of key artists from the 1960’s–including Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, and Andy Warhol–and the provoking dialogue about the nature of art and its position within American culture.

Another stand-out was Liz Larner’s RWBs, a sculpture of aluminum tubes, steel and nylon aircraft cable, brass and chrome-plated steel padlocks, and natural and synthetic fabrics, part of A Slow Succession with Many Interruptions. The exhibition reflects on the ways that artists have responded to the evolving conditions of the twenty-first century. Larner’s pertinent work is a response to a 2002 claim made by President George W. Bush citing intercepted aluminum tubes as evidence that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons–later found to be false–to justify the U.S.-led invasion the following year. Her frenetic sculpture explores ‘the truth and lies of material and how often the truth of history comes down to an object, a material, a thing.’

Can’t make it to San Francisco anytime soon? Get some inspiration from the Golden Gate city with FBFA’s curated imagery collection here.

Roy Lichtenstein, Figures with Sunset, 1978 - Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art

Liz Larner, RWBs, 2005

Andreas Gursky, Shanghai, 2000

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