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From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
07.31.09

Isamu Noguchi Avatar

In Hinduism, an Avatar is a deity who takes on human form in order to exist and benefit humanity on the earthly plane.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
03.30.09

Franz Kline Turin

Named after a city in northern Italy, Turin evokes both architectural structures such as bridges and girders and the surging energy of the metropolis.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
05.29.09

Andrew Wyeth Battleground

Deserted and peaceful yet strangely ominous, Battleground shows Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, as it looks today, two centuries after the American Continental Army clashed with British soldiers.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
12.27.08

Kerry James Marshall Memento #5

At the center of Memento #5, a black angel draws closed a glittery silver curtain, symbolically concluding the 1960s, a decade of peaceful civil disobedience, courageous marches, visionary speeches, righteous legislation, explosive riots and tragic deaths



From the Modern and Contemporary collection.
10.26.09

Robert Arneson Pablo Ruiz with Itch

The Pablo Ruiz in this ceramic sculpture is actually Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, perhaps the most revered artist of the twentieth century. Arneson wittily reminds us that Picasso is human, by showing him in an awkward, unseemly pose: scratching an itch.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
02.26.09

Max Beckmann Baccarat

The sharp instrument, which the game attendant holds over the woman’s head, is a chemin de fer paddle, a Baccarat accessory used to slide cards over the table.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
04.23.09

Mark Rothko Untitled No. 11

The dark, resonant hues of Rothko’s painting allow viewers to confront themselves in a Zen-like “emptiness,” where “forms are born.”



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
03.22.09

Willem de Kooning Woman IV

This painting is a fusion of references to women ranging from the ancient fertility sculpture known as the Venus of Willendorf to the movie star Marilyn Monroe.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
07.21.09

Alberto Giacometti The Chariot

This isolated and fragile human form with its agitated sculptural surface evokes the artist’s experience of World War II.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
01.21.09

Jess A Field of Pumpkins

Jess, who loved The Wizard of Oz, translated a small black-and-white photograph that appeared in the 1909 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture into this hallucinatory image of brilliant color and heightened texture.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
06.20.09

Fairfiled Porter The Mirror

In this picture, the artist depicts himself painting a portrait of his 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
08.20.09

Karl Hofer The Record Player

In The Record Player, the somber color palette, together with the figure’s isolation and blank stare evoke the melancholy and hardship of life in Germany under Nazi control.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
02.18.09

Man Ray Object Indestructable

After the first version of this work, Object to Be Destroyed (1923), actually was destroyed, Man Ray made other versions; Object Indestructable [sic] is the final embodiment of an idea that would not die.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
12.17.08

Bridget Riley Arrest 2

This painting was inspired by the artist’s experience of swimming and seeing abstract patterns of flickering light through the water.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
07.15.09

Isamu Noguchi Six-foot Energy Void

This sculpture is carved from a single piece of granite and weighs around 4,000 pounds.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
04.15.09

Andy Warhol Baseball

The New York Yankee batting in this painting is Roger Maris, who broke Babe Ruth’s seasonal home run record in 1961.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
08.14.09

Emil Nolde Masks

The yellow face at the lower right depicts the shrunken head of a Yoruna Indian which the artist sketched from objects at Berlin’s Museum of Ethnography.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
03.13.09

Ernst Kirchner Portrait of the Poet Ghuttmann

The poet Wilhelm Simon Ghuttmann was a friend of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and others in the early 20th-century artist group Die Brücke (The Bridge), which sought to be a revolutionary force for the future.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
01.12.09

Alexander Ross Untitled

Alexander Ross’ Untitled depicts an organic form floating in a blue sky with a cluster of matter that is like cellular specimens of an alien creature.



From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
07.10.09

Max Ernst Capricorn

This sculpture includes a whimsical dog, with pipe eyes and a trowel tongue.

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