© Henrik Kam
Exhibition

Approaching American Abstraction

The Fisher Collection

Ongoing

Floor 4

This exhibition of selected American artists in the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection 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.

Installation of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at SFMOMA is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission. Tickets are available now; advance online purchase is highly recommended.

Header image: © Henrik Kam

Exhibition Preview

  • Three-panel abstract painting with colorful lines over an off-white background

    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

  • A 5x4 grid composed of squares with irregular black and white horizontal stripes

    Ellsworth Kelly, Cité, 1951; 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

  • Artwork image, Lee Krasner, Polar Stampede

    Lee Krasner, Polar Stampede, 1960; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ian Reeves

  • Artwork image, Sam Francis Untitled 1955-1956

    Sam Francis, Untitled, 1955–56; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Samuel L. Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ian Reeves

  • Forest green canvas painted with scrawling, dripping, white loops

    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

  • Installation view, ​Christopher Wilmarth, Days on Blue

    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

  • Artwork image, Brice Marden, The Sisters

    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

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.