Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

June 20 – September 14, 2014


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Friday, June 20, the Asian Art Museum opened “Gorgeous,” a new group exhibition organized in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “Gorgeous” presents 72 artworks, drawn from the collections of both museums. Included works are arranged by curators Forrest McGill and Allison Harding into loosely themed selections, addressing ideas of beauty, attractiveness, the photogenic, and more; a few examples of these groupings are “Beyond Imperfection,” “Evocation,” and “On Reflection.” These categories are, of course and intentionally, as tenuous and subjective as the ideas they approach. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, and photography, as well as decorative and ceremonial objects.


The Museum hosts tours of “Gorgeous,” free with admission. For dates and more information, please consult this list of events.



Miss Gardenia, 1962, by Meret Oppenheim (Swiss, b. Germany, 1913–1985). Plaster in metal frame with metallic paint. Collection SFMOMA, Helen Crocker Russell Memorial Fund purchase, 80.45. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zurich. Courtesy of SFMOMA.



Elephant seat (howdah), approx. 1870–1920. India; Chhattisgarh state; former princely state of Surguja. Partially gilded and painted silver over wood, with velvet and wicker. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum, Acquisition made possible by Nancy B. Hamon in honor of Johnson S. Bogart, 2001.12.a-.c.



untitled (in honor of Leo at the 30th anniversary of his gallery), 1987, by Dan Flavin (American, 1933–1996). Red, pink, yellow, blue, and green fluorescent light. Collection SFMOMA, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions, 2012.204. © 2014 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of SFMOMA.



Portrait (Futago), 1988, by Yasumasa Morimura (Japanese, b. 1951). Chromogenic print with acrylic paint and gel medium. Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Vicki and Kent Logan, 97.788. Courtesy of the artist, SFMOMA, and Luhring Augustine, New York.


The exhibition remains on view through September 14.

For more information, please visit the Museum’s website.


Recent SFAQ Picks:

SFAQ Pick: “A Redefined Existence” group exhibition at J. Cacciola Gallery, New York.

SFAQ Pick: “Paging Yolanda” group exhibition at Johannes Vogt, New York.

SFAQ Pick: “Irresistible Forces” solo exhibition by Tamra Seal at Interface Gallery, Oakland.