Cold Mountain 6 (Bridge), 1989-91. Oil on linen. 108 in. x 144 in. Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis. © Brice Marden/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
In Cold Mountain 6 (Bridge), Brice Marden evokes the journey of Chinese monks into the wilderness, their search for ultimate wisdom suggested by the random markings on an enormous canvas.
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Teresita Fernández: Fire In this radiant, immersive installation inspired by the ephemeral nature of fire, the viewer becomes a collaborator in the creation of the work by circling the installation and responding to the thousands of richly colored silk threads that make up the piece. In mythology, fire often symbolizes the connection between mortals and gods.
Nam June Paik: TV Buddha Nam June Paik was an important pioneer of video installation art, and TV Buddha is an archetypal example of his work that both embraces and questions modern technology. His work anticipated important aspects of our wired culture, and his Buddha watching a never-ending live feed of its own image prompts profound questions about the spiritual value of an electronic culture.
Fire, 2005. Silk yarn, steel armature, and epoxy. 96 in. x 144 in. Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase. © Teresita Fernández.
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TV Buddha, 1989. Closed-circuit video installation, bronze. 23 3/4 in. x 27 1/2 in. x 98 1/2 in. Partial and promised gift of Pamela and Richard Kramlich to the New Art Trust to benefit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tate, United Kingdom. © Estate of Nam June Paik.