Go to Museums, Galleries & Art Openings!!!
I recently visited the reopened SFMOMA. Here I am standing next to Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger". My brother saw this picture and he said that I look like I snuck in there and took this picture. And that is how I felt. It's a feeling that is hard to explain, my heart races, I get a little sweaty, and I feel lucky. It is an honor to be next to such greatness. I feel like Picasso painted this just for me. I relate to it. I appreciate it. It moves me.
For the past eight years I have served on the Women's Board of the Oakland Museum of California. In my experience on the board I have heard presentations from curators about how and why pieces are chosen to be exhibited. I get to vote on art to be acquired. I learn about the artists and what inspires them, the process of how the pieces are created. When I visit museums I think about all of these factors that go into the art on the wall.
If you are having a hard time figuring out what you want on your walls, I urge you to go to museums, galleries & art openings. The more art you see the more you develop your own understanding of what you like and dislike. When you are out looking for art to buy for your collection, you will have a reference of what moves you.
My daughter, Ava, sent this picture to me from a school trip to the Met. I love that it is from her point of view. It makes me wonder what moved her to take this picture? I also love knowing that she is developing her own taste in art and it is all her own.
I was so inspired by the minimalism, hard-edge, abstraction at the SFMOMA, that I created a curated collection of my own. I hope you enjoy.