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Interesting Design Gift Ideas

A few nice Design Gift Ideas images I found:

valentine day 10
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Image by hownowdesign
20 handmade valentines in 20 days…day 10 of the giveaway. A classroom supply!!! This idea came from katie did. Read more at Aesthetic Outburst.

San Francisco – SoMa: SFMoMA – Robert Arneson’s California Artist
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Image by wallyg
California Artist
1982
stoneware with glazes, 68 1/4 in. x 27 1/2 in. x 20 1/4 in.
Robert Arneson, American (Benicia, California, 1930 – 1992, Benicia, California)

Acquired 1983, Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the Modern Art Council, © Estate of Robert Arneson / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, 83.108.A-B

One of Arneson’s great obsessions, self-portraiture is the genre in which he achieved his most playful and inventive forms. California Artist was completed in 1982 in response to an attack by a New York art critic, who cited the "impoverished sensibility of the provincial cultural life of California" and depicted Arneson’s work as the "mark of a mind that is too easily pleased with his own jokes."

The broken-away facade on the corner of the pedestal reveals ceramic bricks mechanically imprinted with the artist’s name — a challenge to the idea that clay is for making dinnerware and bricks but not fine art. Marijuana grows against a base littered with beer bottles and cigarette butts, all mockingly emblematic of a degenerate California lifestyle. Finally, the artist has represented himself atop the pedestal as a shirtless, aging hippie, whose sunglasses are actually gaping holes that allow us to peer directly into his empty head.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) was opened in 1935 under director Grace L. McCann Morley as the San Francisco Museum of Art, the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. For its first sixty years, the museum occupied upper floors of the War Memorial Veterans Building in the Civic Center. Under director Henry T. Hopkins, the museum added "Modern" to its title in 1975, and established an international reputation. In 1995 the museum moved to its current location, a large cubistic building designed by Mario Botta Architetto of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum at 151 Third Street.

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