From luxurious ornamentation to austere simplicity, from kitsch
to camp, gorgeousness is an evolving and dynamic concept that has been
conceived in many ways and has taken various visual forms. Presenting
key works from SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum in provocative and
stimulating new contexts, Gorgeouswill encourage viewers not only to
marvel at the works on view, but also to engage the question "What is
gorgeous?" How does the
placement of a Mark Rothko painting near a Buddhist mandala, or a 2000-year-old
Chinese tomb figure near self-portraits sculpted in soap and chocolate by
Janine Antoni bring new aspects of each work into focus? Through two very
different collections with very different histories,Gorgeouswill inspire debate and discovery.
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