Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945

Robert Colescott, Auvers-sur-Oise (Crow in the Wheat Field), 1981, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 in., gift of the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1991.14

Since September 2010, the Corcoran has dedicated a significant amount of space to the display of its renowned collections, including the first permanent installations of contemporary art, photography, and media arts in over 20 years. These have joined recently reinstalled permanent exhibitions of historic American, European, and decorative arts from the collection. The new permanent collection installation highlights the strengths of the modern and contemporary art holdings. These galleries provide a sense of the breadth of practice and the range of ideas that animate postwar and contemporary art. Major works are presented by Lee Bontecou, William Christenberry, Robert Colescott, Rob Fischer, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear, Sean Scully, Jessica Stockholder, Anne Truitt, Andy Warhol, and others.

A portion of the display is a changing focus space. The current installation explores contemporary abstraction in painting and sculpture, bringing together work that employs evocative materiality and form to allude to the body, mortality, and personal experience. The installation features Petah Coyne’s Untitled #785 , a delicate hanging wax-covered sculpture, alongside works by Ross Bleckner, Bryon Kim, Thomas Nozkowski, Paul Henry Ramirez, and a recently acquired sculpture by Lionel Bawden.