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Richard Diebenkorn: <EM>Seated Woman</EM>, 1967Oil on canvasCollection of Gretchen and John Berggruen, San Francisco© the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
Richard Diebenkorn: Seated Woman, 1967
Oil on canvas
Collection of Gretchen and John Berggruen, San Francisco
© the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  •  11 March - 29 May 2017
This major exhibition explores the profound inspiration California artist Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) discovered in the work of French modernist Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Coorganized with The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) this show features approximately 100 objects—40 paintings and drawings by Matisse and 60 paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn—from museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The exhibition unfolds across the arc of Diebenkorn’s career—from early abstractions, through his Bay Area figurative years, to his majestic Ocean Park series—all in direct dialogue with works that he knew and admired by Matisse.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Website

Contact: SFMOMA
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (1) 415 357 40 00

Portrait of Maharaja Mahinder Singh of Patiala, 1870–1876. India; Punjab state, former kingdom of PatialaOpaque watercolors and gold on paperAsian Art MuseumGift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.106Photograph © Asian Art Museum
Portrait of Maharaja Mahinder Singh of Patiala, 1870–1876. India; Punjab state, former kingdom of Patiala
Opaque watercolors and gold on paper
Asian Art Museum
Gift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.106
Photograph © Asian Art Museum
Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES  •  Asian Art Museum  •  10 March - 18 June 2017

With nearly 27 million adherents worldwide, Sikhism is among the world’s largest religions, and also one of the youngest. A diverse selection of 30 paintings, prints and textiles celebrates the artistic and cultural legacy of the Sikhs and the community’s longstanding connection to California. Delve into the life and teachings of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak (1469–1539), a charismatic, influential teacher who defined the religion’s fundamental philosophies, which emphasize belief in one god, equality, social justice and community service.

This exhibition explores the artistic and cultural creativity that flourished under the patronage of India’s Sikh kingdoms, established in the 1800s by the dynamic warrior Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839), which was continued by later Sikh rulers. Portraits and treasured objects belonging to the Maharaja himself are included in the exhibition. In particular, the portraits reflect expressions of personal and cultural identity, as well as the artistic styles of the times and places in which they were made.

Saints and Kings also draws attention to the Sikhs’ special connection to California. Among the earliest Indian immigrants to North America, Sikhs arrived on the West Coast in the early 1900s and have been integral to communities here for over a century. Today, many occupy leading roles in technology and other business sectors. Through an illustrated timeline, the exhibition tells an important story that has shaped the Bay Area’s diverse social and immigrant history.

Asian Art Museum Website

Contact: Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (1) 415 581 35 00

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