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. 

Alberto Mijangos

Surrounded by Sound, 1988

Alberto MijangosMexican, 1925–2007Surrounded by Sound, 1988Oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvash. 80 in. (203.2 cm); w. 80 in. (203.2...

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David Zamora Casas

In Loving Memory of Momma Kitty, 1989

David Zamora Casas American, born 1960In Loving Memory of Momma Kitty, 1989Oil on canvash. 80 in. (203.2 cm); w. 83...

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James Cobb

Perishables 2, 1990

James CobbAmerican, born 1951Perishables 2, 1990Oil on canvash. 34 1/4 in. (87.0 cm); w. 64 1/4 in. (163.2 cm)Gift of...

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Vernon Fisher

Chihuahua, 1990

Vernon FisherAmerican, born 1943Chihuahua, 1990Oil, blackboard slate, chalk, and epoxy on woodh. 71 1/4 in. (181.0 cm); w. 83 in....

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Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz

Círculos de Confusion (Circles of Confusion), 1993

Ángel Rodríguez-DíazAmerican, born 1955Círculos de Confusion (Circles of Confusion), 1993Oil on paper on linenh. 31 7/8 in. (81.0 cm); w....

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Luis Cruz Azaceta

Oklahoma 4, 1997 (detail)

Luis Cruz AzacetaCuban, born 1942Oklahoma 4, 1997Acrylic and enamel paint, photos, found objects, tape, plastic fencing, metal studs on woodh....

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Rolando Briseño

Black Hole, 2000

Rolando BriseñoAmerican, born 1952Black Hole, 2000Archival pigment printh. 36 5/8 in. (93.0 cm); w. 28 3/8 in. (72.1 cm)Gift of...

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Cecilia Paredes

El Sueño (The Dream),  2002

Cecilia ParedesPeruvian, born 1950El Sueño (The Dream), 2002Cibachrome print on transparent paper, light boxh. 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm); w....

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Vik Muniz

Bacchus Astride a Barrel, after Rubens (Pictures of Junk), 2006

Art © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY   Vik MunizBrazilian, born 1961Bacchus Astride a Barrel, after Rubens (Pictures of Junk),...

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Dario Robleto

The Pause Became Permanence, 2006

Dario RobletoAmerican, born 1972The Pause Became Permanence, 2006Ink-dyed willow and ash, hair lockets made of stretched and curled audiotape recordings...

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