Kehinde Wiley, Portrait of Anthony Wheatley, 2014, oil on canvas, 80 5/16 x 68 7/8 in.
Collection of Jay and Jennifer Levitt, San Diego. Courtesy the artist and Stephen
Friedman Gallery, London; Sean Kelly, New York; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; Galerie
Daniel Templon, Paris/Brussels © Kehinde Wiley.

Some of the best — and rarely seen — modern artwork in San Diego will on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego starting Saturday in a special exhibition drawn from private collections.

“San Diego Collects” will feature 55 works from the 1950s forward and include pieces by David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, Cindy Sherman and other noted contemporary artists.

Curators said the exhibition “recognizes that the visual art resources of our city exist not only within the walls of our cultural organizations but also inside the private homes of many committed individuals.”

Styles range from Abstract Impressionism to Pop Art and recent works by emerging and mid-career artists active in California and beyond.

“We recognize that artists are visionaries,” said Kathryn Kanjo, the museum’s deputy director for arts and programs. “This show reminds us that collectors—indeed, all of us—can be moved by the pleasure and provocation of aesthetic experience. It’s an argument for bringing art into one’s life, whether by visiting a museum or by collecting on one’s own.”

The show runs through Jan. 10 in the museum’s La Jolla galleries at 700 Prospect Street.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, when the museum is closed. Admission is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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