The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, Sean McFarland, photographer and former student of Larry Sultan, talks about Sultan’s life and work.
Sean McFarland’s work explores the relationships between history, photography, and the representation of landscape. He earned his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004. He has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, White Columns, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Aperture Foundation. He received the 2005 Phelan Art Award in Photography, 2009 Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, 2009 John Guttmann Photography Fellowship, as well as a 2011 Eureka Fellowship. His work has been collected by SFMOMA, Milwaukee Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library. McFarland teaches art at San Francisco State University and is represented by Casemore Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco.