Sunday, September 14, 2014

'Gorgeous' closing at the Asian Art Museum

SFMOMA is closed for renovation but continues to be present in the Bay Area's art world. Last week, they, in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum opened "Gorgeous," the museum equivalent of a summer movie. "Gorgeous" works like an arranged marriage, which is to say, sort of, kind of and not at all.

The show pairs vulgar, crass and relentlessly commercial modern art with the elegant, spiritual and timelessly beautiful art of Asia. The show's principal curators - Forrest McGill and Alison Harding of the Asian must have raided the Oxford English Dictionary to fish out every synonym, antonym or association that the word "gorgeous" would evoke.

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