is a Bay Area poet and Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
LA is Not the Capital of CaliforniaBy Renny Pritikin
The San Francisco Bay Area is a major American metropolitan area and thus its arts ecosystem is vastly complex and multifaceted. Summing it up in a way that denies that reality is a fool’s errand, but I’ll rush in. Decades ago I happened to be talking to Peter Schjeldahl and referred to a former Bay Area painter who was highly influential as a teacher here. I couldn’t recall the name momentarily, then said, “Clyfford Still.” Peter looked at me as though I had lost my mind.