Exhibition

New Work

Dawn Fryling

September 19–November 4, 1990

This installment of the New Work series features Dawn Fryling’s No Title, a project that comprises a room filled with closely hung, empty picture frames. Brightly shining halide lamps emphasize visitors’ shadows against the bare glass, creating juxtapositions that withhold specific meaning and encourage restless interaction. Downplaying the traditional “aura” and collectability of the art object, Fryling has constructed a space for inconclusive social performance that places medium, audience, and circumstance on equal footing—as interchangeable points of dialogue serving complementary functions.

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



  • Two lamps in the foreground with a row of white canvases with black frames in the background

    New Work: Dawn Fryling (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

  • A large lamp in the foreground with a row of white canvases with black frames in the background

    New Work: Dawn Fryling (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

  • A room with several works by Dawn Fryling

    New Work: Dawn Fryling (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

  • A room with several works by Dawn Fryling

    New Work: Dawn Fryling (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

  • A room with several works by Dawn Fryling

    New Work: Dawn Fryling (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990

  • A room filled with black boards
    New Work: Dawn Fryling (installation view, SFMOMA), 1990