Gorgeous

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

Gorgeous

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

Gorgeous

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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Gorgeous

Asian Art Museum, June 20 - September 14, 2014

What does "gorgeous" mean to you? A selection of 72 stunning artworks drawn from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and SFMOMA, Gorgeous invites visitors to confront the extremes and the ambiguities of beauty. This exploratory exhibition features an extraordinary mix of objects, spanning more than 2,200 years and dozens of cultures to bring together artworks that, in a variety of ways, extend beyond conventional notions of the beautiful. Highlights include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and design objects from SFMOMA's holdings by Bruce Conner, Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, Meret Oppenheim, and others. From the Asian Art Museum are works spanning the extent of Asia, including a 1,000-year-old Indian sculpture of the Hindu deity Durga victorious over the buffalo demon; a gilded and jeweled Burmese Buddhist bowl; a Korean textile artwork with complex geometric designs; a decorated Qur'an from 16th-century Persia; "Three types of beauties in Edo," a set of silk scrolls by the artist Chobunsai Eishi (1756-1829); and the gold-surfaced ink paintings "Summer gatherings in mountain villas" by Hua Yan (1682-1756), along with other works in a variety of mediums.

Upcoming Events

Gorgeous Director's Circle and Artist's Circle<br />Curatorial Walk-Through
Donor Event
Gorgeous Director's Circle and Artist's Circle
Curatorial Walk-Through
Gorgeous Contributing and Benefactor<br />Member Viewing
Member Event
Gorgeous Contributing and Benefactor
Member Viewing

Past Events

Gorgeous Member Preview Day
Member Event
Gorgeous Member Preview Day

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Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102

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Free for SFMOMA members while Gorgeous is on view.

Hours

Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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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, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Jim Breyer, William Mathews Brooks, 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, Linda and Jon Gruber, Roselyne Chroman Swig, and an anonymous donor.

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