Exhibition

Approaching American Abstraction

Ongoing

Floor 4

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This exhibition of selected American artists explores the diverse approaches to abstraction developed since 1950, from the forceful brushwork of Lee Krasner to the contemplative canvases and reliefs of Ellsworth Kelly and the enigmatic wood forms of Martin Puryear. The variety of materials and techniques included in this presentation testifies to abstraction’s enduring potential as a form of artistic expression.

Approaching American Abstraction is the result of an innovative partnership established in 2009 between the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection and the San Francisco Museum of Museum Art. The galleries showcase the shared strengths and complementary nature of our holdings through presentations that blend artworks from the Fishers with pieces from the museum’s collection and occasionally other lenders.


Exhibition Preview

Joan Mitchell, Bracket, 1989; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Joan Mitchell; photo: Ian Reeves

Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum I, 1953; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and promised gift of Helen and Charles Schwab; © Ellsworth Kelly; photo: Ben Blackwell

Morris Louis, Untitled, 1959-60; the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Morris Louis; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Cy Twombly, Note I, from the series III Notes from Salalah, 2005–7; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Cy Twombly Foundation; photo: Ian Reeves

Christopher Wilmarth, Days on Blue, 1974–77; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Christopher Wilmarth; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Brice Marden, The Sisters, 1991–93; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Agnes Martin, Night Sea, 1963; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Elizabeth Murray, Things to Come, 1988; the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Elizabeth Murray / Artists Rights Society (ARS)



Related Publication

Published in conjunction with the museum’s reopening, this book highlights key works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, and includes texts by Neal Benezra and Gary Garrels.
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Header image: © Henrik Kam

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