Sam Francis, Middle Blue #5, 1959-60
Watercolor on paper, 26 3/4" x 40 1/4"
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Gift of Julian J. and Joachim Jean Aberbach
Artwork copyright: Sam Francis Foundation, California / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Molly Enholm reviews "Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections" at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in the November/December 2013 issue of Art Ltd. magazine:
Ultimately, PMCA’s exhibition offers much more than can be summarized in a decade-by-decade synopsis of the artist’s formal excursions and influences. Although the exhibition lacks any of the monumentally scaled paintings that have the ability to truly envelop the viewer, it offers a journey through the full arc of the artist’s career. Taken altogether, the exhibition finds clarity through Francis’s relatively fixed palette, dominated by cerulean blues and primary colors— a visual cohesion that unites his seemingly inexhaustible manipulations of this motif.
Click here to read the complete review on the Art Ltd. website.