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Martin Puryear Installation SFMOMA

I was in San Francisco in October 2008 visiting SFMOMA where I was astounded by the Brought to Light, Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900. It was an exhibiton that highlighted early photographic work exploring micro and telescopic investigation. Delicious. When I emerged I was a witness to the installation process of Martin Puryear's Ad Astra (2007), a 63-foot-tall work that rises to the museum's fifth-floor bridge. I hope these photographs give you a good sense of the shear scale. This is SFMOMA's Haas Atrium and the crane that you see extends 2 floors. The title derives from: Ad astra per ardua, meaning “to the stars through difficulty,” and Ad astra per aspera, which translates as “to the stars through rough things or dangers.” … [Read more...]