"What we want to make is something that fills utterly the sight, and can't be used to make life only bearable; if the painting till now was a way of making bearable the sight of the unbearable, the visual sumptuous, then let's now strip away... all that."
- Sam Francis in a letter to MOMA curator Dorothy Miller in 1957
Sam Francis installing his 1957 show at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York.
Photo courtesy Martha Jackson Gallery Archives:
University at Buffalo
Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at Buffalo
Sam Francis’s monumental 24-by-36-foot painting Berlin Red, which was painted in Los Angeles as a commission for the Neue Nationalgalerie in 1968-70, was recently on display at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, as part of "Pacific Standard Time." During the exhibition, Sam Francis Foundation Director Debra Burchett-Lere was able to view the work and admire its scale and presence.
Above: Debra Burchett-Lere viewing Sam Francis, Berlin Red installed for "Pacific Standard Time" at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2012.
A visitor walks by Berlin Red: Photo Markus Schreiber