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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art houses a permanent collection of over 15,000 works, including 4,700 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and 9,000 photographs. Originally opened in 1995, the museum has exhibited the works of Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothea Lange, Paul Klee, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney and many contemporary artists. Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the space itself is a wonder to behold. After a major renovation completed in 2016, the SFMOMA now boasts seven floors of art along with exiting new features including a living wall, sculpture garden and impressive views of Yerba Buena Gardens.
ArtHaus presents works by well known New York and Bay Area artists. The collection available includes different subjects including media and style. ArtHaus offers excellent works and after sales to collectors, curators, art advisers, interior designers and visual merchandisers. Some of their well known artists are Andrea Arroyo, Serena Bocchino, Brian Blood, Deborah Brown, Marc Lambrechts and Adam Kurtzman. Guest artists include Rex Ray, Ricardo Carbajal Moss, Carolyn Meyer and Samuel Fleming Lewis. Check the website for more details.
An intriguing member of the buzzing arts community of the Mission District, Ratio 3 is a functionally furnished art gallery on Stevenson Street, between Duboce Avenue and 14th Street. Step inside and you will not find the swanky interiors or the redundant, randomly placed sculptures or paintings that define a more uptown gallery. Instead, you will find a relatively bare space, with wooden floors sans furniture, and white walls adorned with works of the artist on exhibit. From nationally and internationally known artists, to local budding talent, one will find Ratio 3 an ideal to do some art discovery in the Mission District.
Acting as a major cultural destination since 1895, the De Young Museum reopened in October 2005 in a facility designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The building is magnificent and from the observation tower you can get a great view of the park. It is open, airy and massive. It also has a perforated and embossed copper facade which goes very well with the greenery around the museum. The museum houses the world-renowned American Painting and Sculpture collection, dating from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. Primitive Art is highly represented with extraordinary pieces of Native American Art (from the ancient Teotihuacan City), African Art (statues and potteries) and Oceanic Art (shields, dance dress and masks). Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.
The Legion of Honor houses more than 87,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and tapestries. Some pieces date back 4000 years. The main floor is dedicated to the museum's permanent collection, much of which features the works of Rodin. European and ancient art are also on display at the Legion of Honor. The lower garden level features temporary exhibitions, ranging from Andy Warhol to Francis Bacon. Take a break in the museum cafe, which features light snacks and meals and has outdoor seating. The gift shop, though small, has a nice selection of postcards, books, posters, jewelry and some reproductions from this and other fine arts museums. Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.