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Walter De Maria
Surface Waves

May 27, 2017–February 4, 2018
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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This marks the debut of the artist’s first sculpture to enter the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s collection: an arresting floor piece known as Large Rod Series: Circle/Rectangle, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 (1986). Consisting of massive, precisely honed polygonal rods polished to a shine so lustrous as to appear liquid, the work can be shown in three distinct formal configurations, each of which have been presented during the course of the exhibition. Recordings of De Maria’s Ocean Music (1968) and Cricket Music (1964) play in the galleries daily, offering an immersive sensory experience of rhythm in sculpture and in sound.

Walter De Maria, Large Rod Series: Circle/Rectangle 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 1986, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions) and the Dallas Museum of Art TWO × TWO for AIDS and Art Fund © Estate of Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Large Rod Series: Circle/Rectangle 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 1986, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions) and the Dallas Museum of Art TWO × TWO for AIDS and Art Fund © Estate of Walter De Maria

The crowd at the public funeral of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968. Photo by Moneta Sleet Jr.

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Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2020

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Bebe Miller and Cynthia Oliver in motion dancing, mid-jump, against a white background

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Jay DeFeo working on The Rose (then titled Deathrose), photographed by Burt Glinn in 1960.

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Henri Matisse, The Music Lesson, 1917, oil on canvas, domestic interior scene of people in the livingroom at the piano, reading chair, and window

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Photo: Moneta Sleet, Jr., 1965. Johnson Publishing Company Archive. Courtesy Ford Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Smithsonian Institution.

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