Museum Shops-West Coast

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art shop: My top pick for West coast museum shops I’ve been to on this trip is SFMOMA’s on all counts. It’s in a sunny, gorgeous large room which is easy to maneuver in even when full. The items both made for SFMOMA and beyond are all tempting. And I love the jewelry and watches. Often these pieces feel aimed at ladies who lunch and are over 80 and just like shiny big things. The T-shirts and water bottles and pads of paper made for SFMOMA are all grab worthy. I love the use of the ginkgo leaf and the shiny leather covers for the paper pads. All useful and beautiful. And the bag that is made from a fabulous wrinkled shiny black material. SFMOMA shop

Getty Museum shop: A smallish room for a museum of this size and space, which although it felt fussy still had temptations. I found the singular best bookmark I’ve ever seen. It’s made of cut metal and looks like branches and flowers–somewhat Japanese in style. I don’t see it on their site, but I will try to track it down as I want to grab one for many xmas gifts later. Getty Museum shop

Los Angeles County Museum of Art shop: Although the room feels a bit dated, their shopping bag in which all my items were place, is the best I’ve seen anywhere. Craig and I are actually thinking of framing it. It’s a photo by John Baldessari with lots of sky and his thumb, a pencil with an eraser measuring  a palm tree in black and white (more brownish and white). LACMA shop

de Young shop: My Mom said I should go to the de Young museum and after we went to the California Academy of Science, we headed across the way to the new building of this museum. Sadly its collections was closed on Monday, but the shop and the tower with tremendous San Francisco views was open. And, the best part, was the room near the tower’s elevator was filled by Ruth Asawa‘s fantastic wire sculptures which I had only seen in photos. They were wonderfully lit to cast shadows on the dark concrete walls. The de Young shop is a beautiful two floor space with scores of beautiful objects and their museum-logo pieces riff off its new exterior which looks like rusty red metal perforated by circles in various patterns. de Young shop

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