Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fisher Collection

Alexander Calder
Double Gong, 1953

Cy Twombly
from Three Notes From Salalah, 2005-07

Andy Warhol
Triple Elvis, 1963

Andy Warhol
Nine Multicolored Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1976-86

Gerhard Richter
Seestücke (Seascape), 1998

Anselm Kiefer
Shulamite, 1983

Chuck Close
Agnes, 1998

Calder to Warhol: Introducing The Fisher Collection will open in June at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This will be the first public display of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, whose long-term loan agreement with SFMOMA was recently extended from 25 to 100 years. There will be 160 works on view -- painting, photography, sculpture and video. The entire collection comprises over 1,100 objects by 185 American and European artists, dating from 1928 to the present. SFMOMA is currently raising funds to build a dedicated wing in which to house the collection.

(My biggest surprise in this small group of sample images was the Chuck Close portrait of dear, recently deceased minimalist painter Agnes Martin – it seems to bring her back to life in all her proud austerity – and this in spite of my general distaste for Close's signature pixel-gimmick.)