Art of Four Decades

1958 - 1998

June 05-July 19, 1998

This exhibition presents a rich and diverse selection from the past forty years of contemporary painting and sculpture from SFMOMA's permanent collection. It highlights an extraordinary series of recent purchases and gifts, celebrating the tremendous growth of the Museum's collection over the past several years.

Joining Osiris und Isis (1985-87), by German artist Anselm Kiefer, is a magisterial new painting by the artist titled Die Sechste Posaune (The Sixth Trump) (1996). In addition to Kiefer, works by other important contemporary German artists will be presented, including three paintings by Sigmar Polke and two by Gerhard Richter.

This exhibition is generously supported by Judy and John Webb, James and Jean Douglas, Elaine McKeon, and Toni and Arthur Rock.

diebenkorn abstract ocean painting with blues and yellows

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #19, 1968; collection SFMOMA, gift of Vivian K. Cahill in memory of her husband Robert W. Cahill