SOFT POWER at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco | 26 October 2019 – 17 February 2020

Tim Marlow, artistic director for London's Royal Academy of Arts, chooses the best exhibitions to see this month, presented by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

A n important exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art takes a closer look at how artists use their work to explore and expand their roles within society. Entitled SOFT POWER, the show's Reagan-era expression affirms the power of persuasion through culture, political values and foreign policies over violence and coercion.

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Tanya Lukin Linklater with Liz Lott, The treaty is in the body, 2017. [Courtesy the artist and Winnipeg Art Gallery. ©Tanya Lukin Linklater]

The show focuses on art as the center of this sentiment, reflecting on the potency and effectiveness of art to generate change.

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Nairy Baghramian, Retainer, 2012. [Courtesy the artist.] Jason Mandella

Among work by 20 international artists, three-quarters will be new and never-before shown in the US.

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Eamon Ore-Giron, Infinite Regress LXXIV, 2019 [Courtesy the artist, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, and Páaramo Gallery, Guadalajara.]

Commissions from 15 artists take the form of sculpture, site-responsive installation, mural, performance, video, photography, sound sculpture and large-scale painting, inspiring visitors to exert their own, soft influence within the world.

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Tuan Nguyen, The Specter of Ancestors Becoming, 2019, Still from 4-channel video installation: color, 7.1 surround sound
28 min. [Courtesy the artist and James Cohan.]

SOFT POWER is on view at SFMOMA from 26 October 2019 until 17 February 2020.

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