Alix, Valerie, and I spent a recent evening at the San Francisco Antiques Show Preview Party. This seems like the one night where all San Francisco’s design, architecture and antiques luminaries come out to celebrate.
We had a great time catching up with Jay Jeffers, Andrew Skurman, John Toya, Pamela Babey, Gerry Jue, Heather Hilliard, Dorothy Greene, David Oldroyd, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Paul Wiseman and a blur of other friendly people.
It was tough to focus on the objects in the booths through the sea of fancily attired guests, but we did get a few minutes to talk to Carlton Hobbs about his collection of beautiful Italian watercolors of airplanes. You can see one of them on his site. They reminded me strongly of Hayao Miyazaki’s film Porco Rosso, an evergreen favorite with my family.
Alix and I spend the following day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and the de Young Museum of Fine Arts taking in the bizarre, beautiful, and poisonous plants and the wire sculptures of Ruth Asawa.
Asawa’s gossamer pieces remind me of a combination of the best days of high school geometry and Remains’ former photographer and antiques registrar Olivia Valentine’s art made of helium suspended thread architecture. - David