The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is to hugely expand its Warhol collection, it has been revealed.
‘We’re going to have at least two to three galleries devoted to Warhol,’ a representative confirmed to Gay Star News at IPW in Orlando earlier this week.
Jill Lynch, Interim Communications Manager at SFMOMA, which reopens in 2016 following a massive revamp, explained: ‘Don [who passed away in 2009] and Doris Fisher are the founders of The Gap [clothing stores] and very extensive collectors of modern and contemporary art.’
‘They have given us a gift of 1100 works of art – a 100-year loan. We’ll have 260 works on view when we open; three floors of our new expansion will be devoted to showcasing this collection.’
She added: ‘The Fisher Collection has a very substantial number of Warhols. They’re one of his earliest collectors and they collected in great depth across his entire career. So we have some of his most important work, in our existing collection and coming in from their collection. They have one of the National Velvet paintings of Elizabeth Taylor, they have one of the [Death and] Disaster paintings…’
Lynch continued: ‘We will also have an entire floor devoted to photography, which is the biggest presentation of photography by any art museum in America. We’re going to have a new restaurant by a Michelin-starred chef and we’re going to offer free admission to everyone aged 18 and under.’
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