Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing

(Los Angeles—January 30, 2023) The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing, the first exhibition to explore the practice of American artist Sam Francis (1923–1994) in relation to historic and contemporary Japanese art and aesthetics. Presenting works by Francis alongside Japanese art, both pre-modern and contemporary, the exhibition introduces a new way of looking at the artist’s work that emphasizes his aesthetic sense and his intellectual exchange with artists in Japan.

Sam Francis and Japan was curated by Hollis Goodall, curator of Japanese Art at LACMA; Leslie Jones, curator of Prints and Drawings at LACMA; and Richard Speer, independent scholar and curator.