The Collection of Randi and Bob Fisher

Yesterday, Alex and I visited Pier 24, tucked underneath San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, to browse the photography collection of Randi and Bob Fisher on display there through February. The exhibition was exquisite - quiet and understated, with no wall plaques sharing artist’s names or titles. The atmosphere pushed us to truly focus on the photographs in front of us, some of which were real show stoppers.

Since the 1980s, Randi and Bob Fisher have collected photography, for much of the collection’s acquisition history the two were purchasing a photograph per day. Hanging at Pier 24 is work by both classic photographers and contemporary artists, including Edward Weston, Robert Frank, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, Andreas Gursky and Diane Arbus.

For more on the exhibition, enjoy the video below and visit Pier 24’s website


Going to London this Summer?

Go see Yinka Shonibare MBE’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle” in person - bottled ship models are so hot right now! His currently sits in Trafalgar Square, across from “Nelson’s Column" which honors Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Here’s an art21 video about the artist and the piece. Yinka seems like a kooky dude!

Episode #111: Yinka Shonibare MBE discusses the theatricality and sense of wonder inherent in his public sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. Situated across from Nelson’s Column, a monument erected to honor Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, the brightly-colored sails of Shonibare’s boat reference the complex heritage of British colonialism and its multicultural present. The work is on view throughout this summer.

Known for using batik in costumed dioramas that explore race and colonialism, Yinka Shonibare MBE also employs painting, sculpture, photography, and film in work that disrupts and challenges our notions of cultural identity. Taking on the honorific MBE as part of his name in everyday use, Shonibare plays with the ambiguities and contradictions of his attitude toward the Establishment and its legacies of colonialism and class. In multimedia projects that reveal his passion for art history, literature, and philosophy, Shonibare provides a critical tour of Western civilization and its achievements and failures.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is featured in the Season 5 (2010) episode Transformation of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS. Download-to-own the full episode from iTunes.