Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chrysler Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Galleries

We'll end our visit in the galleries of the Modern and Contemporary works of art.  The great benefactor of the museum, William Chrysler was instrumental in the founding the MOMA in New York City as well, and these rooms are very well appointed with lovely examples from the standard Cannon of artists (Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keffee, et. al.), as well as ,some wonderful works by the present incumbent avant garde of the genre (Nancy Witt, Nam June Palk, Whitfield Lovell, Kehinde Wiley, et. al.

"Coffee" by Richard Diebenkorn, 1956
"Fire Bridge" by Robert Indiana, 1964-65 (after a painting by Joseph Stella)
"Caspian Sea" by Maya Lin, 2006 (foreground) and other works
"Sarai and Hagar" by Nancy Witt, 1981
"Down for the Count" by Martin Wong, 1985
This is such an amazingly prescient work of art.  You cannot help but think about the rescue after the attack on September 11, 2001, and wonder if the artist had this in mind when he painting this work--but, of course, he didn't!  The work was paint 16 years before the attack and the artist died in 1999.
"The Torch Bearers" by Anna Hyatt Huntington, 1956-57

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