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San Francisco, one of the largest art cities in the country, if not the world. As I travel across the northern west coast, I think of all the wonderful cities with all their different backgrounds and cultures. I’ve been to New York, I’ve been to Chicago I’ve been to LA, etc. but none quite compare to how unique the art community is in San Francisco, as I started my journey I realized how much of a massive scale it is, yes there is an art district but San Francisco’s art community stretches out across every end of the city.
Walking down Mission Street I’m greeted by Artist Ally, the space covers more than 4000 sq. feet, one of the largest galleries in San Francisco and houses over 50 artists that, just further down the road is the ‘Cartoon Art Museum’, a place where illustration is dominate. The museum has over 6,000 pieces of original, cartoon, animation art, displays an array of editorial cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, anime, Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons. It is one of the only museums in the west coast that is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.
The ‘Museum of Modern Art’ is another art institution that resides in San Francisco, with over 26,000 pieces it is also the only museum in the west coast to showcase a large collection of modern and contemporary art. From MOMA I head over to the John Berggruen Gallery in Union Square, stepping into the gallery I’m in awe of all the 20th century art by American and European artists, such exquisite art that make you think what inspired the artist to create such masterpieces.
But it isn’t just the galleries that make up San Francisco’s art community, it is also all the street vendors and events that bring art directly to the enthusiast. In the heart of the Union Square shopping district I just so happen to run into an art sale, artists cover the grounds displaying their artwork and selling their passion, I spoke with a few of the artists and they explain that this is a monthly event and that the San Francisco locals and tourists make it possible for the art sale to continue business.
Art is everywhere, it line up and down the streets all over San Francisco, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Market Street. Artists create huge wall murals, and mosaic sculpture are scattered all over town, they bring the museum outside. You can’t walk a block without seeing art; from the ground up you’ll see it all over. From recycled material turned sculptures of interesting proportions, to the billboard size paintings that cover sides of buildings, for the art enthusiasts, locals, or visiting tourists, it’s one of the reasons why you’ll love this city.
For more information about San Francisco visit: http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/
Article by Jasper Gonzales