Acquisitions

Sam Francis’s ‘Blue Balls V’ Goes to the Met

Sam Francis posing with his painting 'Blue Balls V' in his Santa Monica studio in 1965. (Courtesy Sam Francis Foundation)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired its first oil painting by the Abstract-Expressionist Sam Francis, thanks to a gift from the late artist’s foundation. It is called Blue Balls V.

“We are honored with the Metropolitan’s enthusiastic acquisition of the Sam Francis as it joins a good home with the other prominent postwar holdings in the museum’s collection,” said the acting president of the foundation, Debra Burchett-Lere, in a statement made on its website today. The foundation aims to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of the artist, who died in 1994. Read More