Wayne Thiebaud, 1985 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: Ben Blackwell

Exhibition

Wayne Thiebaud

Artist’s Choice: September 29, 2018–March 10, 2019
Paintings and Drawings: September 29, 2018–April 28, 2019

Floor 2

In two side-by-side exhibitions, Northern California–based artist Wayne Thiebaud’s own work is featured alongside paintings by others that he personally selected from SFMOMA’s collection.

Thiebaud (b. 1920) first visited SFMOMA in 1942, when he was just 22 years old, and has had a close relationship with the museum ever since. For Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice, he delved deep into the museum’s storage vault. His choices include both old friends and new discoveries by European Modernists Henri Matisse and Joan Miró, American painters George Ault and Georgia O’Keeffe, California peers Richard Diebenkorn and John McLaughlin, and more recent canvases by Katherine Porter and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Drawn from SFMOMA’s collection, the selection of works in Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings spans 50 years of the artist’s career, from his classic still life Confections (1962) to his grand landscape Canyon Mountains (2011–12). Get a firsthand look at the creative process behind Thiebaud’s lushly painted, richly hued works, from beginning sketch to finished painting.

Lead support for Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice and Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings is provided by an anonymous donor. Major support is provided by Jean and James E. Douglas, Jr., Burt and Deedee McMurtry, Eileen and Peter Michael, Susan and Bill Oberndorf, the Thomas Weisel Family, and an anonymous donor.

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

Header image:

Wayne Thiebaud, 1985 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: Ben Blackwell

Artist’s Choice Preview

  • 04 Thiebaud AC

    Artist Wayne Thiebaud at SFMOMA’s Collections Center, 2018; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • 02 Theibaud

    Artist Wayne Thiebaud at SFMOMA’s Collections Center, 2018; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • 05 Joan Miro AC

    Joan Miró, Femme et oiseau (Woman and Bird), 1944; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris; photo: Ben Blackwell

  • Wayne Thiebaud looking at a Katherine Porter painting

    Artist Wayne Thiebaud at SFMOMA’s Collections Center, 2018; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • A painting in gray with abstract lines in black and white

    Katherine Porter, Untitled, 1979; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Phyllis A. Kempner, PhD, and David D. Stein, PhD; © Katherine Porter; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • 06 James Weeks AC

    James Weeks, Jockey, 1962; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Laura-Lee W. and Robert J. Woods, Jr.; © Estate of James Weeks


Paintings and Drawings Preview

  • 01 Thiebaud PD

    Wayne Thiebaud, Pineapple Tray, 1972/1990/1992; the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York

  • 03_Thiebaud PD

    Wayne Thiebaud, Sketch for “Girl with a Pink Hat,” 1973; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York; photo: Don Ross

  • 02 Thiebaud PD

    Wayne Thiebaud, Girl with a Pink Hat, 1973; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Jeannette Powell; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York; photo: Don Ross

  • 05_Thiebaud PD

    Wayne Thiebaud, Study for “Canyon Mountains,” ca. 2011; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of the Thiebaud family; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York

  • 04_Thiebaud PD

    Wayne Thiebaud, Canyon Mountains, 2011–12; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase, by exchange, through fractional gifts of Gretchen and John Berggruen and Madeleine Haas Russell, and gift of the Thiebaud family; photo: Katherine Du Tiel