Kevin King on Contemporaries

Photo: Don Ross

What new experiences and knowledge are you looking to get out of your membership in Contemporaries?

I am always interested to find out more about contemporary and emerging artists. The group’s inaugural event at a private home was an excellent start. It introduced me to an artist I was unfamiliar with, and gave me a chance to see how a couple of serious collectors have integrated art into their home.

What art do you have your eye on right now?

Some of my favorite established artists include Doug Aitken, Jim Campbell, Ann Hamilton, David Hammons, and Gabriel Orozco. Meeting Mark Bradford two years ago was a highlight. I love the work of Christian Marclay, the recipient of this year’s Contemporary Vision Award. My local hero is Enrique Chagoya, who I’m excited to be working with on a book project at Arion Press. Three younger artists who hold my attention are Tauba Auerbach, Titus Kaphar, and Dave Muller. And the Hank Willis Thomas show at the Kadist Art Foundation was one of the best shows I’ve seen this year.

Do you have a favorite artwork on view at SFMOMA currently?

The Ellsworth Kelly collection at the museum is outstanding. SFMOMA is now a global authority on Kelly. To be able to view his work in the new setting is an incredible opportunity. And to have a large bronze of his in the sculpture garden is the cherry on the cake, so to speak.

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