The museum’s collection of post-1945 paintings is not large and features mainly works from the 1950s and 1960s. A fine work by Adolph Gottlieb, Black Enigma, is an example of his pictographic style of the late 1940s. The museum also owns several works by the late surrealist artist Matta. A large canvas by Mark Rothko from 1953, Orange and Lilac over Ivory, came into the collection as a gift of William Rubin, chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and another abstract expressionist canvas by Robert Motherwell was acquired after the artist’s death through the Daedalus Foundation. A monument of Pop Art, Ed Ruscha’s Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, is the work in the collection most requested for loan; it served as the signature image in a recent traveling retrospective. The museum also possesses a large abstract triptych by Fritz Glarner, a study for his mural for the Time-Life building in New York City, a portrait by Alice Neel of one of her son Hartley’s Dartmouth classmates, a large still life by Fernando Botero from the late 1960s, and a work that is combination of painting and sculpture by Jennifer Bartlett titled Fire Table. Ivan Albright, the magic realist famous for his portrait of Dorian Gray used in the Hollywood film based on the novel, is represented by a magnum opus that he worked on for almost a decade, titled The Vermonter. Albright lived in nearby Woodstock for a number of years before his death in 1983. Another nationally known artist that lives part of the year in this region is George Tooker, who is represented in the collection by several canvases and works on paper, including Farewell, an image he made of his mother at the time of her death. A large painting by Alex Katz, titled Supper, shows friends dining at a table. Recently the museum purchased a lush and vibrant contemporary work by Sean Scully, an important canvas by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and a 1967 painting by surrealist Dorothea Tanning.
Last Updated: 5/15/07