Mask, ca. 1915. Alaska, Nunivak Island, Eskimo, Cup'ik. Wood, cormorant feathers, sinew, and pigment. Bequest of Thomas G. Fowler
Eskimo and Inuit people believe all living things, even inanimate objects, possess yua, a spirit or soul. Carved masks, sculptures, and everyday objects reflect not only their time-honored beliefs and traditions, but also their gratitude and respect for the spirits, animals, land, and sea.
Dale Chihuly, Ultramarine Stemmed Form with Orange, 1988. Blown glass. Partial gift of Dorothy and George Saxe to the Fine Arts Museums Foundation
The craft and art of glass developed into a studio movement in the mid-20th century. Today, glass artists are clearly visible in the mainstream art world—and at the de Young, thanks to gifts from the collection of George and Dorothy Saxe.
Jasper Johns, Figure 7, from the Color Numeral Series, 1969. Color lithograph on Arjomari paper. Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, gift of the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation
From the ancient to the contemporary worlds, artists have looked to their fellow artists and the art world that surrounds them as sources of inspirations and as points of departure for new ideas and works. See how artists have used art-world sources to stimulate new works of art.
Join curator James A. Ganz for a conversation with Arthur Tress, followed by a book signing.
A short film, Trespassing: A Portrait of Arthur Tress by Raleigh Souther, will begin the event. Tress and peers discuss the artist's thought process while offering a brief glimpse through his life and work. Raleigh Souther, director and producer; Amy Rosner, editor; Arthur Tress, photography.