70 modern masterpieces visit San Diego Museum of Art

From SDMA Reports

San Diego Museum of Art welcomes the arrival of “Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery,” an exhibition that traces the path of modern art through iconic 20th century works from the renowned collection of the Albright- Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Featuring masterpieces from significant names in art, the exhibition opens Oct. 4 and runs through Jan. 27, 2015.

Artists featured include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Paul Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, among others.

More than 70 paintings and sculptures will be grouped thematically, spanning modern movements from Post- Impressionism to Pop. “Gauguin to Warhol” makes its only West Coast stop at SDMA.

“The works in this exhibition are so iconic they could each be the star of their own show,” said Roxana Velásquez, SDMA executive director. “ ‘Gauguin to Warhol’ offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the story of modern art told through its finest examples. The exhibition exemplifies our commitment to bringing outstanding cultural experiences to San Diego.”

Significant works on view will include Gaugin’s “Spirit of the Dead Watching,” 1892, one of the artist’s famed Tahitian paintings; Van Gogh’s “The Old Mill” (1888); Lautrec’s “Woman Lifting her Chemise,” 1901; Picasso’s “La Toilette,” 1906, a masterpiece of the artist’s Rose Period; Dalí’s “The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image,” 1938; Kahlo’s “Self- Portrait with Monkey,” 1938; Matisse’s “La Musique,” 1939, painted at the height of his career; Pollack’s “Convergence,” 1952, a monumental work and one of the artist’s most recognized drip paintings; Willem de Kooning’s “Gotham News,” 1955, a masterwork of his mature style; and Warhol’s “100 Cans,” 1962, the most iconic of his Campbell’s soup can paintings.

The exhibition was organized by Douglas Dreishpoon, Albright-Knox chief curator emeritus. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Funding for the presentation in San Diego was provided by 2015 Presenting Sponsors, Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, Gallagher Levine, and Professional Maintenance Systems.

If you go

■ What: ‘Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery”

■ When: Oct. 4-Jan. 27.

■ Where: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park

■ Hours: Closed Wednesdays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

■ Admission: $4.50-$12

■ Exhibition catalog: ‘The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Gallery,’ 265 pages

■ Related events: Members’ Preview Oct. 3. Second Saturday Workshop Oct. 11. Culture & Cocktails Oct. 16. ArtStops Oct. 21 and 30, Nov. 18, Dec. 4 and 16, Jan. 8 and 20. Drawing in the Galleries Nov. 7 and 21. Symposium Nov. 8.

■ Phone: (619) 232-7931

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