Virtually explore the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with Smarthistory as your guide
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Gordon Matta-Clark’s interventions explored modernist architecture and urban decay.
When an artist erases another artist's drawing, is it still a drawing, and whose? This work challenges the art definitions and contexts of its time.
In a series that occupied most of his career, Motherwell addresses the violence of the Spanish Civil War.
This is one of the most important objects of twentieth-century Euro-American visual culture. But… is it art?
How do you make a nineteenth-century masterpiece ask twentieth-century questions?
Women’s labor and the passage of time are evoked in this sculpture constructed of organic materials.
Diego is sturdy, solid, unmoving. Frida looks out, quizzically, and with her hand on his, seems to be breaking free.
In this canvas, Kiefer transformed architecture meant to honor Nazi heros into a memorial for their victims.