PHOTOS: San Diego Museum of Art opens ‘Gauguin to Warhol’ exhibit

• ART: “Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery” traces the path of Modern art through a survey of iconic 20th century works from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s renowned collection. This exhibition presents an opportunity to witness the development of the major movements that shaped the course of modern art from the late 19th century to the present.

• Click on VIEW GALLERY to see photos from the VIP opening and reception.

On Oct. 1, 2014 in the Thornton Rotunda of the San Diego Museum of Art, 300 of the museum’s VIP donors gathered at a preview reception to celebrate the opening of “Gauguin to Warhol,” a selection of more than 70 masterworks of 20th century art from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

SDMA Executive Director Roxana Velasquez welcomed the guests to the preview. “We are creating the history for this museum,” she said. “We want to serve our community through art, and that’s what we’re doing with this magnificent show.”

She introduced Douglas Dreishpoon, chief curator emeritus at the Albright-Knox, who organized the exhibit. “I wanted to create a show that would highlight our museum’s collection,” he said. “And it’s interesting seeing the pieces here, in a new context, old friends having different conversations.”

There are paintings and sculptures by more than 40 artists, including van Gogh, Picasso, and Jackson Pollack. But there are also impressive pieces by less-familiar names, like Clyfford Still, whose huge abstract canvas dominates the back wall in the last room of the exhibit. The Albright-Knox owns the largest public collection of his works.

Among the admiring viewers were Budd and Joanne Rubin. “If you go all around the world to different museums, they might not add up to what we have here,” he said.

A must-see, beautifully mounted, “Gauguin to Warhol” will be at SDMA in Balboa Park through Jan. 27, 2015. Details at (619) 232-7931 and