Yasumasa Morimura, Portrait (Futago), 1988; chromogenic print with acrylic paint and gel medium; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Vicki and Kent Logan; © Yasumasa Morimura; photo: Ben Blackwell


Marilyn Minter, Strut, 2004-2005; enamel on metal; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase: gift of Johanna and Thomas Baruch, Charles J. Betlach II, Shawn and Brook Byers, Nancy and Steven Oliver, and Prentice and Paul Sack; © Marilyn Minter


Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988; ceramic, glaze, and paint; Collection SFMOMA, Purchase through the Marian and Bernard Messenger Fund and restricted funds; © Jeff Koons; photo: Ben Blackwell

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Asian Art Museum, June 20 - September 14, 2014

This exhibition presents key works from the collections of SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum in provocative new contexts, charting the boundaries of beauty and inviting visitors to ask "What is gorgeous?" From luxurious ornamentation to austere simplicity, from kitsch to camp, gorgeousness is an evolving and dynamic concept that has taken various visual forms. Gorgeous features paintings, sculptures, and photographs by Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Trevor Paglen, Pablo Picasso, and others, along with works ranging from a 1000-year-old Indian sculpture to a 16th-century Persian Koran to silk scrolls by Japanese artist Chobunsai Eishi. By juxtaposing a Mark Rothko painting with a Buddhist mandala or a 2000-year-old Chinese tomb figure with Janine Antoni's self-portraits sculpted in soap and chocolate, Gorgeous sheds new light on these works and inspires debate and discovery.

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Gorgeous is organized by the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of Prospect Creek Foundation, Fred Eychaner, Helen and Charles R. Schwab, Doris Fisher, The Bernard Osher Foundation, United Airlines, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Jim Breyer, Eliza and Dean Cash, Sakurako and William Fisher, Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, Hiro and Betty Jean Ogawa, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Lucy Sun and Warren Felson, Jean and James E. Douglas, Jr., Carol and Dixon Doll, and Linda and Jon Gruber.

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