© Henrik Kam

The Campaign for Art

Drawings, Part 1

May 14–September 18, 2016

Floor 2

This presentation of modern and contemporary drawings inaugurates the museum’s first space dedicated to works on paper. Part one of a two part exhibition, this gallery will reveal the rich array of drawings, collages, and watercolors pledged to the museum through the Campaign for Art. Encompassing examples of radical abstraction, conceptual restraint, and psychological exploration, these artworks capture the creative possibilities of drawing. The exhibition includes a group of early collages by Ellsworth Kelly; drawings by Arshile Gorky, Jasper Johns, Eva Hesse, and Robert Smithson; and pieces by important Bay Area artists, including Robert Arneson, Jay DeFeo, Jess, and William T. Wiley.

The presenting sponsor of The Campaign for Art exhibitions is

Bank of America

Leadership support is provided by Collectors’ Forum, an SFMOMA art experience group. Major support is provided by the Prospect Creek Foundation. Additional support is provided by Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.

Header image: © Henrik Kam

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, William Wiley's I Wish I Could Have Known Earlier that You Have All the Time You'll Ever Need Right Up to the Day You Die

    William T. Wiley, I Wish I Could Have Known Earlier that You Have All the Time You'll Ever Need Right Up to the Day You Die, 1970; watercolor and ink on paper; collection SFMOMA, gift of Brenda Richardson; © William T. Wiley; photo: Mary Ellen Hawkins

  • Artwork image, Jasper Johns, Bridge

    Jasper Johns, Bridge, 1997; promised gift of Helen and Charles Schwab; © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell

  • Artwork image, Bruce Nauman, Beside/Yourself/Behind/Yourself

    Bruce Nauman, Beside/Yourself/Behind/Yourself, 1989; promised gift of Pat and Bill Wilson; © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ben Blackwell