Creativity Explored and THE MASTERS

March 18, 2011  |  By
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The developmentally disabled artists at Creativity Explored have been drawing their own renditions of SFMOMA artworks for years, and the organization’s current exhibition The Masters features thought provoking interpretations of beloved and well-known works from SFMOMA’s permanent collection. We’re excited about the exhibition and below we share with you a small sampling of the variety of their musings:

Left: Charles Sheeler, _Ford Plant- Blast Furnace and Dust Catcher_, 1927; Collection SFMOMA; © William H. Lane Foundation Right: Gordon Shepard, _Windows, after Sheeler_, mixed media on paper, 2011; Image courtesy Creativity Explored.

Left: Yasumasa Morimura, _An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Collar of Thorns)_, 2001; Collection SFMOMA; © Yasumasa Morimura Right: Walter Kresnik, _Frida, after Kahlo_, mixed media on paper, 2010; Image courtesy Creativity Explored.

Left: Ansel Adams, _Clouds, from Tunnel Overlook, Yosemite National Park, California_ , ca. 1934 © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust Right: Valerie Long, _Storm Clouds, after Ansel Adams_, watercolor on paper, 2011; Image courtesy Creativity Explored.

Left: Wayne Thiebaud, Display Cakes, 1963; Collection SFMOMA; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York. Right: Camille Holvoet, _Lemon Cake, after Thiebaud_, Oil pastel on wood, 2011; Image courtesy Creativity Explored.

In the heart of the Mission, Creativity Explored works to advance the value and diversity of artistic expression. They provide artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in their studios and gallery, as well as around the world. Their current exhibition, The Masters, is on view until April 20, 2011 at 3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street).


  1. Christine Wong Yap Says:

    These are fantastic! The lemon cake made me do a double-take.

  2. Chris Cobb Says:

    It is the most difficult thing – to challenge the picture in your mind with the real thing in front to you. Many people prefer to hold onto that mental picture rather than let it go….that makes these pictures all the more interesting, I think.

  3. nicole rose gelormino Says:

    these are so inspiring. they are a wonderful reminder to everyone that there is still more to be discussed among artists across time and cultures. i love that dialogue and learning are forever wedded to art. these artworks demonstrate that so beautifully. thanks ce artists and moma!

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