SF MoMA Receives 195 Major Works

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has received major gifts before, but now it has been given a bonanza, writes Carol Vogel in the New York Times. Nine collectors from the Bay Area have together promised the institution 195 works.

Included are examples by artists like Robert Gober, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Paul Strand, and Jackson Pollock. In many cases the acquisitions were deliberate efforts to flesh out the museum’s existing holdings. “We had Rauschenbergs but none from the 1950s,” Neal Benezra, the museum’s director said.

And although Bruce Nauman is represented in the museum’s collection, until now his early years were missing. So the museum has been promised twelve Nauman works, three of which were made in the 1960s, when he lived in the Bay Area. And although the museum had an impressive group of paintings by German artists like Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer, the gift also includes more that will considerably add to its holdings.

The initiative was spearheaded by longtime patrons like Helen Schwab and Robin M. Wright along with a group of trustees: Carla Emil, Robert J. Fisher, Mimi L. Haas, David Mahoney, Chara Schreyer, Norman C. Stone, and Pat Wilson.