Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks

October 8, 2011February 26, 2012

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American, 1925–1972) is not one of the most familiar names in photographic history, but his impact on the field, belatedly recognized, is significant. An optician in Lexington, Kentucky, Meatyard sustained a lifelong interest in visual perception. Well read and deeply connected to a circle of poets and philosophers, he made photographs rich in literary allusion. In his last decade, Meatyard kept returning to the tropes of dolls and masks, often photographing his children posed in abandoned houses and landscapes in the environs of his home.

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The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Pritzker Fund for Photography.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

L: Untitled, ca. 1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.3. C: Untitled, ca. 1960–1962, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, John Pritzker Fund, 2011.4.1. R: Untitled, ca. 1961, gelatin silver print, gift of Christopher and Diane Meatyard, 2011.6.1. © The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Surface Tension: Contemporary Prints from the Anderson Collection

July 30, 2011January 22, 2012

In an era of modern and postmodern art that is often concerned with expressing its essential qualities of flatness and depthlessness, some artists engaged in making prints at fine arts presses have headed in a different direction. Rather than embrace the smooth, flat finish that can be achieved through print processes like screenprinting and lithography, these artists have manipulated the dimensionality of their works on paper, literally pushing their paper surfaces to new heights.

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Ed Ruscha Dog

Edward Ruscha (American, b. 1937) Dog, 1995. Mixografia on handmade paper, 27 1/4 x 38 1/2 inches. 2000.28

The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection

September 10, 2011July 29, 2012

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Major Sponsors

Francesca Passalacqua and D. E. Hardy
Turkish Cultural Foundation—Natural Dye Research and Development Laboratory
DATU

Lead Sponsors

George Hecksher
S. Peter Poullada and Nancy Sheppard
San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society

Sponsors

Bruce P. and Olive W. Baganz
Board of the Textile Arts Council
Dr. Donald Breyer
Mary F. Connors
Levon Der Bedrossian
Thomas Murray Asiatica—Ethnographica
Yvette Rogers

Support for the exhibition is also provided by the H. McCoy Jones Trust.

Kilim

Kilim, 18th century, Turkey, Anatolia. Wool, cotton; slit tapestry weave. 56  x 138  inches. The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection. Gift of Caroline McCoy-Jones

Marco Breuer: Line of Sight

April 2, 2011October 2, 2011

Marco Breuer is one of the most innovative contemporary artists working in photography today. He is well known for using an extensive range of processes to extract abstract and visually compelling images from photographic materials. Line of Sight comprises a selection of photographs made by Breuer and placed in dialogue with objects from the de Young’s permanent collection.

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Marco Breuer: Line of Sight is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in cooperation with Von Lintel Gallery, New York. The exhibition is part of the Collection Connections program of Cultural Encounters, made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation.

Marco Breuer: Line of Sight

Left: Spin (C-818), 2008. Chromgenic paper, exposed/embossed/abraded. 10 13/16 x 8 1/2 inches. Center: Untitled (Study for Tremors), 2000. Silver gelatin paper, burned. 18 x 14 inches. Right: Untitled (E-30), 2005. Cyanotype on Fabriano paper, exposed. 13 1/16 x 9 3/4 inches. All images © Marco Breuer and courtesy of Von Lintel Gallery, New York.

Rupert Garcia: The Magnolia Editions Projects 1991–2011

February 19, 2011July 17, 2011

Renowned Bay Area artist Rupert Garcia is committed to creating artwork not only as a means of achieving aesthetic ends, but also as a viable way of addressing social and political concerns. Through his bold silkscreens and layered pastels and paintings, Garcia catalyzes discussion and debate in a broad audience about the pressing issues that have faced the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His recent editions elaborate on his political concerns, as well as addressing his interest in challenging notions of folk and high art.

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Obama from Douglass, 2010. Pigmented inkjet. Printed and published by Magnolia Editions Inc., Oakland. Courtesy of the artist and Magnolia Editions.

Bouquets to Art 2012

March 13, 2012March 17, 2012

Celebrate spring at the de Young, when Bouquets to Art, the glorious annual floral exhibition and fundraiser, returns March 13–17, 2012.

The five-day event, produced by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, features designs by 150 innovative floral designers, who create displays that pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the de Young’s permanent art collection.

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Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

June 11, 2011October 10, 2011

The de Young hosts an extraordinary exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) from the permanent collection of Paris’s world-renowned Musée National Picasso. The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, made possible only because of the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso until 2012 for extensive renovations, comprises paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the artist’s career.

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Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of the West

Major Patrons

Penny and James George Coulter
Estate of Mary Price Moffatt

Lead Patrons

The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation

Lead Education Patron

Douglas A. Tilden

Lead Sponsors

Muriel T. French Trust
Isabelle and Charles Picasso

Sponsors

Estate of Emmy S. Altman in memory of Ludwig Altman
Dr. N. L. Ascher
The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation
The Fortna Revocable Trust
Barbara Foster
Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
The Herbst Foundation, Inc.
Nion T. McEvoy
Estate of Henry Perin
Family gift in memory of Georgette N. Rosekrans
Estate of Daryl J. Weinroth

ChristiesHanson Bridgett

Additional support is provided by Terry and Scott Gross and Denise Hopper Fitch, Alexander R. Mehran and Venetta and John Rohal.

Media Sponors

KGO TV

San Francisco Examiner

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Musée National Picasso, Paris

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Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico

February 19, 2011May 8, 2011

Considered the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica and recognized as America’s oldest civilization, the people known today as the Olmec developed an iconic and sophisticated artistic style as early as the second millennium BC. The Olmec are best known for the creation of colossal heads carved from giant boulders that have fascinated the public and archaeologists alike since they were discovered in the mid-19th century.

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Funding for the San Francisco production of the exhibition is provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Traveling Exhibitions

The exhibition was organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes—Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México.

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

Education programs and events presented in conjunction with the exhibition are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Wells Fargo, the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, Gail and Alec Merriam, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Lauren L. T. Hall and David Hearth, and the Friends of AOA.

National Endowment for the ArtsWells Fargo

Olmec images

(Left to right) Colossal Head 5, 1200–900 BC. Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana; Archaeologists study a monumental stone head discovered at the La Venta site in Tabasco State, Mexico. © Richard Hewitt Stewart / National Geographic Stock; Monument 1 (seated figure), 1200–900 BC. Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana (Reg. 49 P.J. 4023). Object photos: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes–Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia–Mexico–Javier Hinojosa

Pat Steir: After Hokusai, After Hiroshige

July 17, 2010February 10, 2011

Complementing Japanesque at the Legion of Honor, this exhibition shows the continued influence of the Japanese print on Western artists into the late twentieth century. American painter, printmaker, and conceptual artist Pat Steir (b. 1938) was the first artist selected by Kathan Brown in 1982 to travel to Japan to make a color woodcut for Crown Point Press’s groundbreaking printmaking program in Kyoto.

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Pat Steir: After Hokusai, after Hiroshige

Yellow Bridge in the Rain after Van Gogh after Hiroshige, 1985 Color monotype, spit-bite aquatint, and etching

To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color

July 31, 2010January 9, 2011

To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. A truly cross-cultural presentation, the exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods, including a tie-dyed mantle from the Wari-Nasca culture of pre-Hispanic Peru (500–900 A.D.), a paste-resist Mongolian felt rug from the 15th–17th century and a group of stitch-resist dyed 20th-century kerchiefs from the Dida people of the Ivory Coast.

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To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and supported by Olive and Bruce Baganz, Dr. Donald Breyer, Mary F. Connors, Dr. Guido Goldman, Harry and Diane Greenberg, Thomas Murray, Francesca Passalacqua and Don Ed Hardy, S. Peter Poullada and Nancy Sheppard, San Francisco Tribal, and Fifi White. Additional support provided by Britex Fabrics, Judith and Reed Content, Barbara and Dolph Shapiro, and Peter and Beverly Sinton.

Left: Mat (mosen) for the tea ceremony, 19th century. Mongolia or China for the Japanese market Wool; felted, resist dyeing (tie-dye). Right: Felt rug, 15th–17th century, Mongolia. Wool; felt, stencil-resist dyed

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