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. 

Philip Guston

Ocean, 1976

Philip GustonAmerican, 1913–1980Ocean, 1976 Oil on canvash. 78 in. (198.1 cm); w. 116 1/2 in. (295.9 cm)Purchased with funds provided...

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Wayne Thiebaud

Potrero Hill, 1976

Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY   Wayne ThiebaudAmerican, born 1920Potrero Hill, 1976Oil on canvash. 36 in. (91.4 cm);...

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Mark di Suvero

Timber Tongs, 1977

Mark di SuveroAmerican, born 1933Timber Tongs, 1977Welded steelh. 63 in. (160.0 cm); w. 42 in. (106.7 cm); d. 46 in....

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Sam Gilliam

Glow-Sprite, 1979

Sam GilliamAmerican, born 1933Glow-Sprite, 1979Acrylic and Rhoplex on canvash. 30 in. (76.2 cm); w. 40 1/4 in. (102.2 cm)Gift of...

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Don Eddy

C-II, 1980

Don Eddy
American, born 1944
C-II, 1980
Acrylic on canvas
h. 30 in. (76.2 cm); w. 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Gift of Nancy Hoffman, 82.56

 

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Marcia Gygli King

Cantilever, 1980

Marcia Gygli King
American, 1931–2011
Cantilever, 1980
Paper disks, bark, modeling paste
h. 72 in. (182.9 cm); w. 70 in. (177.8 cm)
Anonymous gift, 2008.7

 

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Donald Lipski

Building Steam No. 91, 1982

Donald LipskiAmerican, born 1947Building Steam No. 91, 1982Shovel, rubber tubing, wood, plastic, nickelsh. 45 in. (114.3 cm); w. 17 in....

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César A. Martínez

Bato con High School Jacket, 1986

César A. MartínezAmerican, born 1944Bato con High School Jacket, 1986Acrylic on canvash. 64 1/2 in. (163.7 cm); w. 59 1/2...

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Faith Ringgold

The Funeral: Lover’s Quilt #3, 1986

Faith RinggoldAmerican, born 1930The Funeral: Lover’s Quilt #3, 1986Acrylic on cotton canvas; tie-dyed, printed, and pieced fabricsh. 57 in. (144.8...

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Jack Goldstein

Untitled, 1987

Jack GoldsteinCanadian, 1945–2003Untitled, 1987Acrylic on canvash. 84 in. (213.4 cm); w. 108 in. (274.3 cm); d. 6 in. (15.2 cm)Gift...

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