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Autumn Gold (1957), by Hans Hofmann, featured in the exhibition Modernism From the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection, at San Franciscos de Young Museum through Oct. 12. Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
(*I'm not usually much of a fan of Hofmann, but I really like this one).
A docent friend asked what Ciwt thought of the Meyerhoff Collection of Moderism now on display at the de Young. Ciwt told her she'd only whizzed through once but these were her impressions:
Quickly and off the top.
Seemed a good surveyish sampling. Most of the examples from the Big names are good, and they are mostly all there with the exception of several Abstract Expressionists. At least 10 (minor) names I'd never heard, but pleasant paintings by them.
The Guston, Stellas, Fischl, brighter Rothko, Albers, Rosenquist, Agnes Martin are memorable. Definitely the Johns.
Stations of the Cross* is a very moving room seen as a whole. It's the really special moment of the show.
I think if I had to present the show I would go for 'modernist' (Usually applied to the 30's and 40's) characteristics: new/emotional/experimental use of color, abstraction, pop images, questions about canvas shape/size/relevance, experimental mixes of media, overall experimentalism and individual artistic expression. With so many artists, and so many of them significant, but just 1-2 examples (other than Barnett Newman), I don't know how you could give an in depth sense of the artist per se.
OK - that's it off the top.
Hope to see you soon,
Perilous Night (1982) by Jasper Johns, featured in the exhibition Modernism From the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection, at San Franciscos de Young Museum through Oct. 12.
(Obviously, this is quite something if you are moved by Johns).
* (The Barnett Newman, Stations of the Cross room doesn't photography well so its image isn't included).