British Sculptors

The Fisher Collection
May 14, 2016–September 10, 2017

This exhibition brings together more than thirty years of sculpture by artists born or working in Great Britain. Drawn primarily from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, the sculptures on view represent divergent approaches to abstraction, including Anthony Caro’s carefully crafted steel forms, an anatomized figure by Antony Gormley, and Tony Cragg’s stacked, architecturally-minded towers. These works call on viewers to explore relationships and responses to art, and to consider the physicality of sensory perceptions as well as the way in which different forms, textures, and materials prompt certain psychological associations. Creating a path through the gallery, the sculptures are gathered together to encourage a feeling of bodily presence within the spaces they shape.

British Sculptors 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 gallery showcases 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

Artwork image, Tony Cragg, Guglie
A vertical wooden sculpture with stalagmite- and stalagtite-like colums reaching up and down forming an uneven opening in the center
Antony Gormley, Quantum Cloud VIII, 1999; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, © Antony Gormley; photo: courtesy Jay Jopling / White Cube

Tony Cragg, Guglie, 1987; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Tony Cragg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: courtesy Tony Cragg

David Nash, Coming Down Straight, 2006; collection SFMOMA, gift of Capel Rhiw Foundation and Cheryl Haines; © David Nash / Artists Rights Society (ARS), 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.
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