Photo Diary: Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection, at SFMOMA.

‘Cuz all those Gap khakis bought a buttload of art: My very long photo essay of the Fisher Collection show at SFMOMA. Above, Spider, 1995, by Louise Bourgeois.

Untitled (Rome), 1971, by Cy Twombly.

Not part of the Fisher collection, but pretty fracking spectacular nonetheless: The Mondrian cake at the museum’s rooftop cafe. I ate the Thiebaud cake. Photos of art — and cake — after the jump.

Polar Stampede, 1961, by Lee Krasner.

Bracket, 1989, by Joan Mitchell.

Che Faro Senza Eurydice (I have lost my Eurydice), by Mark di Suvero.

The Street, 1956, by Philip Guston.

Malediction, 2006-7, by Martin Puryear.

Live Ammon (Tzing), by Roy Lichtenstein.

Radio, 1962, also by Lichtenstein.

As It Goes, 1978, by Philip Guston.

Fools, 1990, by Ed Ruscha.

Das letzte Selbstbildnis II, by George Baselitz.

Untitled (Magician), by Sigmar Polke.

Kiki and Self-Portrait, both from 2006, by Chuck Close.

Valley Streets, 2003 by Wayne Thiebaud.

Joseph Beuys (Camouflage), 1986, by Andy Warhol.

Drills, 1961, by Andy Warhol.

Stele I, 1973, by Ellsworth Kelly. The rooftop cafe has a fudgsicle inspired by this piece.

Belgica Blue Tin Raster, 1990, by Carl Andre.

Unternehmen Seelow (Operation Sea Lion), 1983-84, by Anselm Kiefer.

A museum-goer inspects Melancholia, 1990-91, by Anselm Kiefer.

Stadbildt Madrid, 1968, by Gerhard Richter.

Blue Green Black Red, 1996 by Ellsworth Kelly.

And here it is, the Wayne Thiebaud layer cake: Butter cake with mandarin curd, done up in the lightest of butter cream frostings, with rose-geranium and strawberry. It was an orgasm in the mouth.

The art’s nice and all, but the museum is worth the price of admission solely for this masterpiece of a dessert. And I say this as someone who is not even a sweet-tooth.


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  2. mattf

    Like art, love cake. So – do you buy pieces of the Mondrian cake (like the Thiebaud), or is it a single serving? Going to SF later this summer…

  3. Chris Rusak

    Kudos for grabbing the press pass and snapping these great shots.

    The only annoying thing about The Fisher Collection is, that after SFMOMA reverted from their no-photo policy museum-wide a couple of years ago, we now have the restriction back in place for the crown jewel collection. Lame, particularly after the photo friendly policy demonstrated the increased exposure SFMOMA received on social media, and the subsequent increased membership/admissions.

    Anyhow, did you get the Blue Bottle coffee, too? Also a don’t miss on the roof. (The New Orleans Iced is the best around.)

  4. c-monster

    i actually shot this without a press pass. lots of folks were taking pix… no prob whatsoever. and i didn’t have the coffee. but the ice tea was tasty.

  5. c-monster

    @mattf all of the desserts are sold by individual serving. (i wanted to buy a piece to go, but they wouldn’t let me…because i would have had to carry it through the museum…