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Ruth Asawa (1926–2013)

SAN FRANCISCO (August 7, 2013) —The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are saddened by the loss of Ruth Aiko Asawa, who died on August 6, 2013, at the age of 87. Asawa was a groundbreaking modernist sculptor with whom the Museums enjoyed a long-standing relationship. An internationally exhibited artist, teacher, arts advocate, and Museum trustee, she leaves a remarkable legacy.

Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883–1976). Untitled (Ruth Asawa holding a looped wire sculpture), 1952. Sepia toned gelatin silver print. Gift of Ruth Asawa and Albert Lanier. 2006.114.1

Untitled (Ruth Asawa holding a looped wire sculpture), 1952
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Cracking the Conservation of a Curious Contemporary Construction

In 2004 artist Matthew Picton laid a sheet of plastic over the cracks in the asphalt of a playground. He traced the cracks and painted them with black enamel paint. Then he carefully cut and burned away the plastic surrounding the cracks. What was left was a giant spidery web.

Matthew Picton, 2004.Cut-Out Drawing #3 Briscoe School Playground. 86 X 120 inches. Duralar, pins, enamel. Museum Purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. 2006.27

A conservator installing the web-like construction by Mattew Picton
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The Faces of Fair Trade

At nearly seven feet tall, draped in his traditional Tuareg robe of indigo, Elhadji Koumama stands as a monument to generations of Koumama craftsmen and their history.

Elhadji Koumama is nearly seven feet tall and draped in traditional Tuareg robes
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Stories in Art from the de Young Summer Art Camp

This blog post was submitted by Ashley Harris.

It’s summertime at the de Young, which means that the museum’s Summer Art Camp is in full swing and the Hamon Education Tower has been filled with talented young artists and creative energy. During week one, campers explored the theme of “Mixed Media Madness,” creating pieces that incorporated a range of materials and techniques including oil pastel and watercolor resist, splatter painting, masking, and plein air ink wash paintings. The incredible art making continued into week two as campers studied works in the de Young’s permanent collection and crafted their own pieces centered around the idea of “Stories in Art.”

Art inspired by the Japanese Tea Garden
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Q&A with July Artist-in-Residence Jewel Castro

The artwork of July Artist-in-Residence Jewel Castro engages Samoan history, transnational movement as it relates to cultural identification, Samoan art forms and production, and the artist’s relationships with her ancestors. Learn more by visiting the Kimball Artist Studio or our website.

July Artist-in-Residence Jewel Castro
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Exploring Systemic with the Urbanauts

This post was written in collaboration wtih Jasmin Bode.

In plain sight or behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers, lurk the myriad systems that support city life—drains, running water, sewage treatment, and fire-suppression, to name just a few. The Urbanauts, current de Young Artist Fellows Sean Orlando and Rebar, have tasked themselves with the exploration of this infrastructure and its relationship to the everyday experience of the contemporary city. Their investigations began last October and now—during the second phase of their fellowship—they present Systemic, an installation on view in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that will evolve throughout the month of June. We recently spoke with the Urbanauts about their project.

Photo by Adrian Arias

Urbanauts mapping urban exploration
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