For more than thirty years, Chuck Close has explored the art of printmaking in his continuing investigation into the principles of perception. This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of Close's involvement and accomplishment with the varied forms and processes of printmaking. Featuring approximately one hundred works dated from 1972 to 2002, Chuck Close Prints illustrates the artist's range of invention in etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut.
The three bodies of work represented in FOCUS: Adam Fuss include images of water droplets, butterfly chrysalises, and children, and each of these series was produced with a different photographic technique. The water droplet images are photograms, a cameraless process invented at photography’s inception in which light and chemicals produce a unique image on photo-sensitive materials. The pictures of children are gelatin silver prints, a standard twentieth-century darkroom method; and the chrysalises are pigment prints, a present-day process.
Sean Scully is one of the most admired painters working today. He works and exhibits throughout the world, with active studios in the United States, Spain, and Germany. Scully's Wall of Light series is his most important series to date.
Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters has recently been acquired for the Modern's collection. This series of thirty-one black-and-white portraits of the artist's wife and her three sisters offers a compelling look at both portraiture and familial relationships.
British sculptor Cornelia Parker is fascinated with real-world processes that mimic cartoon “killings” and “deaths,” such as steamrolling, shooting things full of holes, falling from cliffs, and explosions. Parker works with a variety of found objects, including silverware and marching band instruments, which she crushes, stretches, and suspends. She has also blown up structures, such as a garden shed, whose parts she then makes into a mobile that is hung from the gallery ceiling.
The inaugural Focus exhibition features the photography of Vera Lutter, who is inspired by the urban landscapes of big cities. The artist first began to capture the spirit and flow of Manhattan by experimenting with the principles of the camera obscura—turning her loft apartment into a large pinhole camera to create and print negative imagery. Lutter records the immediate inscription of light onto photo-sensitive materials, resisting further traditional processes that produce a positive image.
The first American survey of Anselm Kiefer's work in almost two decades, this exhibition includes more than sixty major paintings, watercolors, books, and sculptures created from 1969 to 2005. Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth is organized by Michael Auping, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's chief curator. The exhibition reveals the layers of meaning threaded throughout all of Kiefer's work, specifically tracking his life-long interest in a visual exploration of a dialogue between heaven and earth.
The staff of the Modern is pleased to announce the exhibition of selected works from Pablo Picasso's Vollard Suite, part of the Museum's permanent collection. These works were last exhibited in 1985. Director Marla Price remarks, "The Vollard Suite is one of the great treasures of our collection. We are delighted to put it on view in our new building." Curator Andrea Karnes adds, "The Vollard Suite is our first highlighted exhibition of works on paper in the new building.
Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective is the first full-scale survey of the work of this important San Francisco–based artist. Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and SFMOMA Curator of Painting and Sculpture Janet Bishop in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition is the most comprehensive presentation of Bechtle's work to date. Since his work emerged in the context of New or Photo-realism in the late 1960s, Bechtle's genre scenes, streetscapes, and images of cars have become icons of middle-class American culture.
Dan Flavin: A Retrospective, the first comprehensive exhibition of Flavin's career, presents approximately 50 objects and installations, most of which use the medium of fluorescent light, along with drawings, sketches, and collage-constructions. Michael Auping, chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, notes, "Dan Flavin's light installations may be the closest thing we have to a contemporary sublime.