Last week I had the pleasure to check out the Modernism Exhibit at the deYoung. I unexpectedly fell in love with this exhibit. Since it was a private collection before being donated, there are a large number of artists represented and you can take photos! I felt like such a rebel and was surprised that no security guards stopped me from snapping away. I highly recommend seeing this exhibit and be sure to bring your camera.

From the deYoung website:

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection brings paintings by the great masters of the post-war world to San Francisco. The de Young will feature nearly 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella, among others. The de Young is the exclusive venue for this exhibition, the first of the Meyerhoff Collection outside the greater Washington, DC, and Baltimore metro areas.

This exhibition of modern and contemporary art will be organized into three generational groupings, allowing for a remarkable overview of American art from the end of World War II through the end of the century. Highlights of the exhibition include Stella’s Flin Flon IV (1969), Johns’ Perilous Night (1982), and Lichtenstein’s Painting with Statue of Liberty (1983).

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Barnett Newman’s The Stations of the Cross (1958–66). This series of 15 paintings, widely considered to be the artist’s most important work, will be displayed as the artist intended—shown together within a discrete, chapel-like gallery devoted solely to the series.

Beginning in 1985, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff began donating major works of post-war art to the National Gallery, and in 1987 signed an agreement with the National Gallery of Art for the eventual donation of their entire collection to the Gallery.

When I heard that there were works by Roy Lichenstein, I was expecting to see his iconic pop-art work. To my pleasant surprise, the collection had no pop-art pieces, but instead, had a work from later in his career, Painting with Statue of Liberty, 1983. Although the piece is slightly different, using lines instead of the recognizable stylistic dots, you can still tell that it is a work by Lichenstein by the bright colors and enlarged details. I found these perfect pairs that are perfect for all pop art fans and gallerinas.

Girl in Mirror. 1964.

Girl in Mirror. 1964.