"A Taste for Modernism" at the de Young Museum

Among the works that will be exhibited at the de Young are Gauguin's The Seed of the Areoi (1892), an important female nude from the artist's first trip to Tahiti; Cezanne's Milk Can and Apples[masked]); Degas’ exquisite pastel Two Dancers(1905); Derain's dynamic Fauve painting Bridge over the Riou (1906); Picasso's celebrated Boy Leading a Horse [masked]); Matisse's masterpiece Woman with a Veil (1927) and Francis Bacon’s Study for Three Heads (1962).

A selection of major works from the William S. Paley Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently being exhibited at the de Young Museum. The Paley Collection, which includes paintings, sculpture and drawings, ranges in date from the late 19th century through the early 1970s. Particularly strong in French Post-Impressionism and Modernism, the collection includes multiple works by Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, as well as significant works by Edgar Degas, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Andre Derain, Georges Rouault and artists of the Nabis School such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard.

This exhibit follows recent exhibits of this genre: The Steins Collection at SF MoMA; Picasso Masterpieces at de Young; Post-Impressionist Masterpieces at de Young; and Birth of Impressionism at de Young in 2010.

Although this meetup is on a "free first Tues." the exhibit has a special status where an entry fee is charged but discounted to $11 instead of the regular $21 for non-members. You should reserve your "all-day" ticket online (http://deyoung.famsf.org/). I’m scheduling a weekday afternoon meetup because the weekend will be crowded and limiting the group to 6 members to have a manageable art and social times. Being in meetup makes us social art fans, so don't RSVP if you don't plan to spend time with the group talking about the exhibit afterwards. We'll meet at the museum cafe to relax and chat.

The sign-up sequence is: RSVP, pay $3 meetup fee, and then later confirm. About 10 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (name and cell#). if I don't get it in 3 days you will lose your spot to those waiting. The purpose of the meetup fee is to fund the meetup site cost and also discourage flaking (you have a small investment in keeping your agreement). There might be last second changes hence the contact info. In a final memo I'll send you my cell#.

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  • Digne

    Great exhibit! Not as large as I had wanted but quality was high. Good to see several masterpieces come out from a private collection.

    November 6, 2012

  • Digne

    The museum has everyone who wants tickets to log-in online as members or non-members. To purchase tickets by phone, Members call[masked], Non-Members call[masked]

    October 29, 2012

  • Jessica S.

    Sounds like a great exhibit. Thanks for posting info about it here! I may be able to join you, but don't know quite yet (will RSVP when I do.) :)

    October 28, 2012

  • Digne

    This meetup is being paired with a 50-plus meetup group who have 16 RSVPs as of today. So, we'll meet a lot of new people besides seeing great art.

    October 20, 2012

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