Contemporary Art

Second floor, Elizabeth Huth Coates East Tower

The Museum’s contemporary collection reflects the richness and diversity of art of the recent past. Included are significant works by pioneering abstract artists of the twentieth century, among them Hans Hofmann, I. Rice Pereira, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Philip Guston, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Gilliam, Alberto Mijangos and Mark DiSuvero. Contrasting with these examples of modern and contemporary abstraction are representational works by Philip Pearlstein, George Segal, Don Eddy and Wayne Thiebaud.

The collection also contains significant works by artists who have gained importance since the1980s, among them Donald Lipski, Vernon Fisher, James Surls, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jack Goldstein, Arnold Mesches, Vik Muniz, and Dario Robleto.  Multicultural and identity issues are well represented in works by Faith Ringgold, Luis Jimenez, Kara Walker, Michael Ray Charles, Rolando Briseño, Franco Mondini-Ruiz and many others.  A new area of collecting is digital photography and new media.   

Please note some works are not always on view. 

Willie Cole, American (born 1955)

How Do You Spell America #6, 1993

Photograph by Bill OrcuttImage courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York Willie Cole,American (born 1955), 1993How Do You Spell America #6, 1993 ...

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Ivan Navarro, Chilean (born 1972)

Pink Electric Chair

Photo: Peggy Tenison© artist, courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery Ivan NavarroChilean (born 1972)Pink Electric Chair, 2006 Fluorescent light, color sleeves, metal fixtures,...

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Hans Hofmann

Liberation, 1947

             © 2012 Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Hans HofmannGerman, 1880–1966Liberation, 1947Oil on canvash....

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Irene Rice Pereira

Pillar of Fire, 1955

Irene Rice PereiraAmerican, 1902–1971Pillar of Fire, 1955Oil on canvash. 57 3/8 in. (145.7 cm); w. 37 3/8 in. (94.9 cm)Purchased...

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Frank Stella

Double Scramble, 1968

                                                          © 2012 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Frank StellaAmerican, born 1936 Double Scramble, 1968Fluorescent alkyd on canvash....

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Mel Casas

Humanscape #57, 1969

Mel CasasAmerican, born 1929Humanscape #57, 1969Acrylic on canvash. 73 in. (185.4 cm); w. 76 3/4 in. (194.9 cm)Purchased with the...

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Richard Diebenkorn

Ocean Park No. 53, 1972

Richard DiebenkornAmerican, 1922–1993Ocean Park No. 53, 1972Oil on canvash. 100 in. (254 cm); w. 76 in. (193.2 cm)Purchased with funds...

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James Surls

The Eyes Have It, 1974

James Surls American, born 1943The Eyes Have It, 1974Pine, maple, glass, twineh. 54 in. (137.2 cm); w. 38 in. (96.5...

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Helen Frankenthaler

Eden Revisited, 1967–1976

                                © 2012 Estate of Helen Frankenthaler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Helen FrankenthalerAmerican, 1928–2011Eden Revisited, 1967–1976Acrylic on canvas h....

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Cynthia Carlson

Short Job, 1976

Cynthia CarlsonAmerican, born 1942Short Job, 1976Acrylic and oil on canvash. 60 in. (152.4 cm); w. 48 in. (121.9 cm)Gift of...

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