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Gauguin To Warhol’ Exhibit Celebrates 20th Century Icons

Roy Lichtenstein, Head-Red and Yellow, 1962.

Credit: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Above: Roy Lichtenstein, Head-Red and Yellow, 1962.

'Gauguin To Warhol' Exhibit Celebrates 20th Century Icons


Ariel Plotek, associate curator of modern art, San Diego Museum of Art

The word "masterpiece" is overused almost as much as the word genius. But there are no other words to express the quality of the art on display at an exhibition at The San Diego Museum of Art.

The exhibition,"Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery", shows work by 40 of the most famous artists from the late 1800s through the 20th Century. On loan from the Albright-Knox gallery in New York, "Gauguin to Warhol" takes visitors on a walk through time, through the major trends and many iconic images of contemporary art.

It includes works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, and Frida Kahlo, among others.

"The works featured in this exhibition are so iconic that they could each be the star of their own show,” said Roxana Velásquez, executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art. “'Gauguin to Warhol' offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the story of modern art told through its finest examples. The exhibition exemplifies our ongoing commitment to bringing outstanding cultural experiences to San Diego.”

Featured Events

Culture & Cocktails: Oct. 16

• ArtStops (15 minute, staff-led tours of one to three works on view): Oct. 21, Oct. 30, Nov. 18, Dec. 4, Dec. 16, Jan. 8, Jan. 20 (More information: San Diego Museum of Art's calendar)

• Drawing in the Galleries: Nov. 7 and Nov. 21

Symposium: Nov. 8

The exhibition is on a nationwide tour and San Diego will be its only West Coast stop.

"Gauguin to Warhol" is presented as part of The San Diego Museum of Art’s 2015 initiative Celebrating 100 years of art in Balboa Park and runs through Jan. 27, 2015.

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