Artistic California

Regional Art from the Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


A collection of visual art, including works from many luminaries, that celebrates California’s landscapes and culture


ISBN: 9781949480412 Category:

Emma Acker


From the sweeping panoramas of the nineteenth-century American West to works that reflect the concerns of artists living and working in California today, the paintings, drawings, and prints featured here from the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco convey a multifaceted image of the Golden State. Art made in California forms a core component of the institution’s collection and demonstrates the Museums’ decades-long history of supporting the region’s artists.
Highlighting the scope and quality of the Museums’ collection, the works reproduced in Artistic California celebrate the stunning natural beauty, utopian idealism, and positive outlook of a region that has long fueled its residents’ unceasing quests for technological breakthroughs; social evolution and revolution; and personal, professional, and creative growth. At the same time, the state is also an epicenter for many of America’s gravest challenges, including surging wealth gaps and unhoused populations and the catastrophic impacts of climate change. Art produced in California reveals the vibrancy and diversity of the region’s people and places, while also reflecting these complex issues and how our understanding of them has changed over time.

Additional information

Weight 596 g
Dimensions 21.1 x 23.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 4 April 2024
Number of pages 84
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.1 x 23.8 cm
Weight 596 g


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Emma Acker is an associate curator of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco constitute the largest public arts institution in the Bay Area—the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. The de Young houses the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art. The Legion of Honor’s holdings span four thousand years and include European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.