The Eye: ‘Watsonville Olympia, 1977’

Today’s artwork chosen by Libby Garrison

AGE: 39

OCCUPATION: Public relations manager, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

NEIGHBORHOOD: Laurel Heights

THE PIECE OF ARTWORK I LOVE: “Watsonville Olympia, 1977,” by Robert Bechtle

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PIECE? I love the fact that it so typically represents the ’70s — the clothes, the chair. And I love that Robert Bechtle is a San Francisco-based artist.

WHAT STANDS OUT TO YOU ABOUT IT? I like the photorealist aspect of it. You question it at first glance: Is it a painting, or is it a photograph?

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THIS PAINTING? SFMoMA acquired it after our Robert Bechtle retrospective in 2005. That was one of my favorite exhibitions. I'm so glad to have this painting in our collection.

‘Watsonville Olympia, 1977’

Where: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.

When: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily through Labor Day, except closed Wednesdays and open until 8:45 p.m. Thursdays

Admission: $7 to $12.50; half-price Thursday evenings and free first Tuesday of the month

Contact: (415) 357-4000 or visit www.sfmoma.org

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