Collection Rotation: Karla Milosevich

August 14, 2008  |  By
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[Our regular feature, “Collection Rotation“. Each month or so I invite a local guest to organize lists, groupings, or ‘exhibitions’ from our permanent collection. This is our second installment, devised by artist & curator Karla Milosevich, who includes notes about her selections along the way. Thanks Karla!]


When invited to put together a group from the collection, I thought of what a neighborhood florist once said, “Everything matches.” And the chef Giada De Laurentiis, granddaughter of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who said, “Don’t be careful, just throw it all in.” This is that kind of collection. There is no real rhyme or reason, just artists or things that appeal to me. I hope you enjoy it. –KM

—-When this photo was taken in 1979, I lived 80 miles from here:

Franz Gohlke, Wichita Falls, Texas, April 14, 1979, Looking Northeast, 1979

—-I searched the online collection for all things American Indian, since they too once roamed that area of Texas. I also searched for aliens, UFOs, and other things supernatural:

Jo Baer, Untitled, 1964-1972

Maximilian Franz Josef Cornelius Wolf, The Milky Way, c. 1900

Maximilian Franz Josef Cornelius Wolf and Johann Palisa, Star Map, from the album Photographische Sternkarten (Photographic Star Maps), 1903


—-I love Martin Kippenberger!—-

Martin Kippenberger, Untitled, 1991

(I am particularly fond of his self-portrait drawings on hotel and mental hospital stationery.)

Martin Kippenberger, Untitled, 1990

Martin Kippenberger, The Raft of the Medusa, 1996.


Check him out posing for an etching in this video shot in 1977. —So cute!

[Anglik Riemer does some drawing for an etching portrait of Martin Kippenberger in her studio (1977)]


—-Mind mirror!—-

Dan Graham, Opposing Mirrors and Video Monitors on Time Delay, 1974/1993

—-Rise like a Phoenix, Katharina Sieverding:

Katharina Sieverding, Transformer, (installation/eight slide projections), 1973/1974
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


I thought about this song when thinking about Jeremy Blake and how he disappeared into the ocean:

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“I’ve just closed my eyes again
climbed aboard the dream weaver train.
Driver take away my worries of today
and leave tomorrow behind.

Oh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night.
Oh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light.

Fly me high through the starry skies
maybe to an astral plane.
Cross the highways of fantasy.
Help me to forget today’s pain.

Though the dawn may be coming soon
there still may be some time.
Fly me away to the bright side of the moon and meet me on the other side.”

Jeremy Blake, 1906, from the Winchester series , 2003
Gary Wright, “Dream Weaver”, from The Dream Weaver, Warner Bros., 1975


Karla Milosevich is an artist and curator living in San Francisco. She is currently working on a music project and running the Right Window art space with friends.


  1. Kevin Killian Says:

    That Jo Baer picture has to be one of the most fantastic things the Museum owns. Are there any more by her anywhere in San Francisco, I’m curious. Someone should write a play about her, she’s fabulous.

    So are you, Karla Milosevich. And I also love Katharine Sieverding’s multiple portrait of Ann Wilson from HEART.

    Love “Dream Weaver” in relation to Jeremy Blake, so sweet and sad.

  2. Alex Says:

    Awesome collection! I love the Kippenberger. And the Star Map is amazing–I think I saw the same artist in the Musee d’Orsay last year.

  3. Alex Says:

    Never mind. I was thinking of Vija Celmins, and that was at the Centre Pompidou. Reminded me of Max Wolf’s work though.

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