Between Art and Life

The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection
May 10, 2009–January 3, 2010

Presenting a diverse range of artworks made in the last four decades and highlighting the endeavors of many artists working today, Between Art and Life takes its title from a statement Robert Rauschenberg made in 1959 about his interest in working at the intersection of art and life. The exhibition reflects on the pluralistic landscape of contemporary art — one where artists investigate personal visions, both poetic and political, in relation to the world around them. Selected artists include Damien Hirst, Chris Johanson, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Ernesto Neto, Chris Ofili, Rauschenberg, Matthew Ritchie, Zhang Huan, and Andrea Zittel.

Robert Rauschenberg, painting and collage
Ernesto Neto pink stretched sculpture

Robert Rauschenberg, Port of Entry, 1998; collection SFMOMA, purchased through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; Robert Rauschenberg Estate/Licensed by VAGA, New York

Ernesto Neto, My Little Castle… Blue (two times for infinity), 2005; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase in honor of Madeleine Grynsztejn, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture 2000-2007; © Ernesto Neto