JANET BISHOP is the Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has lived in the Mission District since 1992.
A Generosity of Spirit: Bay Area Art TodayBy Janet Bishop
As Connie Lewallen rightly suggests, there are widely varying sensibilities and modes of production in contemporary Bay Area art. One distinctive aspect of the visual art scene here—as I have experienced it over the last couple of decades—has less to do with a predominant aesthetic than with an ethos, specifically a generosity of spirit that runs through the way many artists approach their lives and practices today.