San Diego, 2019

Just one more stop before heading home. After seeing Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden, last summer, I decided to see some more so routed my trip through San Diego. Niki moved there, for health reasons, in 1994 until she passed away in 2002. She left behind some of the only work she did in the United States.

There are a few sculptures around the city that were unavailable due to construction at the Mingei Museum. And her last masterwork: Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, in Escondido, was clearly out of my range. But I got around and saw some stuff.

Since I was limited to public transportation, it became a challenge to see how much I could in less than one day. I began at the train station, the Santa Fe Depot, which opened on March 8, 1915, to accommodate visitors to the Panama-California Exposition.

I began by heading north to Balboa Park, the site of the 1915 exposition, where many of the remaining buildings are now homes to a host of museums and institutions, and a fun place to visit. Among them, is the San Diego Museum of Art.

The museum's permanent collection included quite a few women artists:

Portrait of a Lady by Marie-Guillemine Benoist, c 1899
Cordelia Crying Out for Help by Angelica Kauffmann, c1882-83
 Four Spaces with a Broken Cross by Sophie Henriette Taeuber-Arp, 1932
Still-life with Porcelain Dog by Gabriele Münter, 1911
Young Girl in front of a Window by Suzanne Valadon, 1930
Wooden Doll by Gabriele Münter, 1909
Barn with Snow by Georgia O'Keeffe, 1934
Composition by Irene Rice Pereira, c 1965
Artichokes by Alice Ellen Kauber, c 1933
Echo Startled by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, c1937
Rookwood Vase (with floral design) by Katherine Van Horne (Duell), c1907-12.
Simone in a Blue Bonnet (No. 1) by Mary Cassatt, c 1903
Untitled by Janet Sobel, c1946-48
Portrait of Mildred Myers Oldden by Alice Neel, ca 1937
The Young Mother by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, c 1918-20
Portrait of Mrs. William Crane by Sarah Miriam Peale, c 1840
 Night Presence II by Louise Nevelson, 1976
Figure for Landscape by Barbara Hepworth, 1960

CLICK HERE to see the men.  There are some good ones.

In addition, they were having the Abstract Revolution, highlighting the work of Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Deborah Remington as well as the work of contemporary artist Mary Heilmann.  Photos were not permitted.

Then it was up to UCSD in La Jolla:

Sun God by Niki de Saint Phalle, 1983

Out to Liberty Station:

Nikigator by Niki de Saint Phalle, 2001

And back to the Convention Center.

 Serpent Tree by Niki de Saint Phalle

 There was also a Jaume Plensa, downtown.

Pacific Soul by Jaume Plensa, 2017

With so few buses, I actually walked back to the airport.  Plenty tired for my flight home.

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