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July 23, 2012

Painting Faculty Brett Reichman Included in Prestigious SFMOMA Exhibition

Brett Reichman’s oil on canvas A Painting That Tells a Story (1997) is among the works currently on display in Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). This exhibition of works from the museum’s permanent collection explores the continuing vitality of painting over the last 50 years. Galleries are organized around historical moments, geographic centers, and formal issues. The final painting in a series of allegorical works symbolizing lost innocence and the perils of gay sexuality, Reichman’s A Painting That Tells a Story is emblematic of the AIDS era in San Francisco and the shifting cultural landscape surrounding HIV/AIDS in the late ‘90s. The work is installed adjacent to other notable paintings born out of queer activism, including those by David Cannon Dashiell, Martin Wong, and Jerome Caja. This exhibit also showcases works from artists Joan Brown and Elmer Bischoff who mentored Reichman when he was an MFA candidate at UC Berkeley. Reichman describes his inclusion in a painting survey of this magnitude as one of the most gratifying moments of his career.

Contemporary Painting at SFMOMA runs until August 12.