Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 291: Keith Haring Exhibit

One of the main reasons that Mr. E and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with a San Francisco weekend was to attend the Keith Haring exhibit at the DeYoung Museum. We're both fans of Haring's unique and iconic artistic work, and it was really interesting to see an exhibition that was focused on some of the pieces that express his political views and ideology.

Mr. E took some great photos as we strolled through the exhibit halls:

That last image is one of my favorites. The piece is actually inscribed wood with enamel painted into the carvings. It's much more striking in person, as the individual drawings and vignettes are clearly articulated and easier to discern than in some of his other two-dimensional pieces, which to my eyes can sometimes be so full of action and lines that they become almost disorienting. I imagine that might have been his intent, but I find those pieces somewhat overwhelming.

Both Mr. E and I were amazed that Haring was so prolific. He died in early 1990 at the age of 32, and he left behind such an enormous and inventive portfolio of art with a variety of media and messaging.


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