img_130412_primary1.jpgArtists Consider the Dali Lama. A must see showing from Dec 1st thru March 16, 2008

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Works by more than 88 artists from more than 30 countries comprise a landmark exhibition. A truly diverse and delightful collection of intriguing executions with one man as the central subject, the life of the Dali Lama himself. A mission of peace.

Opening night was pulsing with music and color and people. Several pieces stood out. Particulary an absorbing 3D holographic ceramic sculpture by Laurie Anderson – my favorite of the show. An installation by Dove Bradshaw depicting the slow progress of change by a single yet repetitive drop of liquid on a rock bed. A painful photographic burn blend with nature by Bin Danh calls for lingering.

Beatutifully design and stenciled quotes from the Dalai Lama are placed throughout the museum to further illuminate the ideas that inspired the artists – at least one of which will resound with you.

Many of the installations have video, music and audio – impossible to hear in the roar of the opening nite crowd – so a quiet time is needed to enjoy each piece.

Make this a must see during your stay in San Francisco. 

Artists include Marina Abramovic, Seyed Alavi, Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Sanford Biggers, Squeak Carnwath, Long-Bin Chen, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, Santiago Cucullu, Binh Danh, Richard Gere, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Kimsooja, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Michal Rovner, Sebastiao Salgado, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Mike and Doug Starn, Pat Steir, Adriana Varejao, Bill Viola, William Wiley, Negishi Yoshiro and many more.