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Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections

JANUARY 26 – APRIL 20, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the work of internationally acclaimed California native Sam Francis (1923–94), one of Abstract Expressionism's top practitioners and California's most accomplished artists. Featuring a colorful range of the artist's paintings and unique works on paper, this survey highlights different periods of the artist's work as represented in extraordinary public and private California collections. The exhibition includes early paintings the artist made during his time in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s, but is primarily dedicated to the influential and expansive body of work that the artist created between the 1950s and the 1990s. Represented are works made in the artist's California studios in Palo Alto, Point Reyes, Santa Monica, and Venice, as well as those made when Francis was living in New York, Bern, Paris, and Tokyo. The exhibition is organized by the Sam Francis Foundation in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. 

Image credit: Sam Francis, Untitled , 1980. Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 142 in. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection. Artwork © Sam Francis Foundation, California/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Sam Francis: Exhibition Related Products

This publication accompanies the exhibition, Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections, curated by Debra Burchett-Lere and Peter Selz.

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Forty years in the making, ‘The Painter Sam Francis’ is artist Jeffrey Perkins’ lyrical and intimate portrait of a friend, mentor, and leading light of American abstract art. The film retraces Francis’ life and career from his childhood in California to his artistic maturation in post-war Paris, his time spent in Japan, and his return to the United States.


$30.00



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