The founding of the New York Etching Club in 1877 formalized the late-nineteenth century phenomenon known as the “etching revival” in the United States. Historically a medium used for reproductive printmaking, by the 1870s painters were using etching to make sensitive, original works of art. Etchings, which could be made using tools found at home, became extremely popular among artists and collectors.
Armando Rascon is the final artist whose work will be displayed in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program. Exhibitions in this gallery emphasize the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely and provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.
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Hailed by The New York Times as "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced," the quilts of Gee's Bend make San Francisco the final stop in their widely acclaimed nationwide tour.
Three distinct but related exhibitions present Chicano/Chicana life, culture, and painting as it has emerged in the wake of the Chicano movement for political and social change during the 1960s and 1970s.
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The exhibitions will come to the de Young as part of a national, 15-city tour that includes Washington, D.C.
The approximately 25 prints featured in this exhibition are recent additions to the Edward Ruscha Graphic Arts Archive, a signal body of work that was acquired by the Fine Arts Museums in 2000.
On October 15, 2005, the de Young museum re-opened in Golden Gate Park to worldwide acclaim. One year and over 1.6 million visitors later, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco wants to thank the Bay Area for its tremendous support. With the help of sponsors Bon Appetit, KFOG, and Wells Fargo, the celebration will kick off on Friday evening, October 13th, from 5 pm to midnight with a $5 admission fee. Following the Friday festivities, the de Young will host a community-wide Free Day on Saturday, October 14.
This exhibition features thirty beautiful California landscape paintings from the collection of Bay Area art collector Wendy Willrich, and is augmented by selected works drawn from the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as well as additional loans. The exhibition traces the evolution of California landscape painting from the "Hudson River School" style, through the advent of plein-air Impressionism, and finally to the colorful, Fauve-influenced style of the "Society of Six."
This exhibition of approximately 54 sculptures and 45 works on paper, with additional documentary source materials, including notebooks and vintage photographs by Imogen Cunningham, constitutes the first complete retrospective of Ruth Asawa’s enduring and richly varied career. Drawing from works in Asawa’s extensive archive as well as important loan contributions, the exhibition begins with her earliest works, drawings and paintings created in the 1940s at Black Mountain College, the famous experimental art school in North Carolina.
In conjunction with Charles Sheeler: Across Media