Meyerhoff Collection

Roy Lichtenstein, Painting with Statue of Liberty, 1983. Oil and Magna on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff. 1966.81.6 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection

June 7, 2014October 12, 2014
Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection brings paintings by the great masters of the post-war world to San Francisco. The de Young will feature nearly 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella, among others. The de Young is the exclusive venue for this exhibition, the first of the Meyerhoff Collection outside the greater Washington, DC, and Baltimore metro areas.

This exhibition of modern and contemporary art will be organized into three generational groupings, allowing for a remarkable overview of American art from the end of World War II through the end of the century. Highlights of the exhibition include Stella’s Flin Flon IV (1969), Johns’ Perilous Night (1982), and Lichtenstein’s Painting with Statue of Liberty (1983).

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Barnett Newman’s The Stations of the Cross (1958–66). This series of 15 paintings, widely considered to be the artist’s most important work, will be displayed as the artist intended—shown together within a discrete, chapel-like gallery devoted solely to the series. An interview with Barnett Newman from 1966 is being screened continuously in the Exhibition Media Room, located across from the lower level entrance of the de Young Museum Store.

Beginning in 1985, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff began donating major works of post-war art to the National Gallery, and in 1987 signed an agreement with the National Gallery of Art for the eventual donation of their entire collection to the Gallery.

Special Offer July 2014

The de Young and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) are partnering for the month of July 2014 with a special promotion! Purchase one full price adult admission to either Modernism from the National Gallery of Art at the de Young or Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at the CJM and enjoy one free entry to the special exhibition at the other museum.

Offer valid within 7 days of ticket purchase date during July 2014, and cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Visitors must present a printed ticket at the admission desk.

Exhibition Preview

Flin Flon V
Orange
Philip Guston, Courtroom, 1970. Oil on canvas.
Roy Lichtenstein, Painting with Statue of Liberty, 1983. Oil and Magna on canvas.
Albers, Josef, <em>Study for Homage to the Square: Light Rising</em>, 1950, altered 1959. Oil on wood fiberboard. National Gallery of Art, Washington, collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff. © 2013 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Agnes Martin Abstract Expressionist painting
Mark Rothko color field painting with black and white
Jasper Johns collage on canvas
Barnett Newman Abstract Expressionist painting
Barnett Newman Abstract Expressionist painting
Barnett Newman Abstract Expressionist painting
Barnett Newman Abstract Expressionist painting
Ad Reinhardt Abstract Expressionist painting gray and red
Ad Reinhardt Abstract Expressionist painting yellow and white
Frank Stella abstract painting
Frank Stella abstract painting in 3D

Audio Tour Preview

 
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This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Presenting Sponsors

Penny and James George Coulter

Director's Circle

Estate of Dr. Charles L. Dibble

President's Circle

Curator’s Circle

Conservator’s Circle

S. Grace Wiliams Trust

Benefactor’s Circle

Nion T. McEvoy

Patron’s Circle

Carol and Shelby Bonnie
Richard and Peggy Greenfield
Ednah Root Foundation
Dorothy Saxe
Sotheby's

Media Sponsor

SF Weekly

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.