New Work

A New Generation
February 22–April 22, 1990

New Work: A New Generation features paintings, sculptures, and photographs by Nayland Blake, Jim Colarusso, Tim Ebner, Günther Förg, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Georg Herold, Alfredo Jaar, Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Thomas Ruff, Karen Sylvester, Christopher Wool, and Michele Zalopany — 14 of the most innovative artists exhibiting nationally and internationally today. Works on view range from Ruff’s large-scale, deadpan photographic portraits of his friends to Jaar’s politically charged, brilliantly illuminated color transparencies of the poor and the military in Latin America. Herold’s caviar-smeared canvases and Koons’s controversial sculptures — including Michael Jackson and Bubbles, a giant, gilded, lifelike rendering of the celebrity entertainer and his pet chimpanzee — are also among this eclectic sampling of art that has emerged over the last few years.

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New Work: A New Generation is generously supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Collectors Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts.

White, sink-like porcelain sculptures hang on a wall next to a large painting featuring a textured blue block and a black border around half.
A gallery with one painting featuring dark brown smudges, a hanging steel sculpture with protruding cylinders, a hanging white artwork with a black pattern on it, and steel bars with steel furniture hanging on them.
A gallery with a framed portrait of a woman, a metal briefcase with leaves on it, and bottles placed on a shelf.

New Work: A New Generation, (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

New Work: A New Generation, (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

New Work: A New Generation, (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990