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Modern & Contemporary

The CU Art Museum has a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art from all over the world that encompasses works in numerous mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video, and digital media. Paintings by Elizabeth Murray and Marsden Hartley, and significant minimalist sculptures by Sol LeWitt and Jackie Winsor are particular highlights. The museum’s ceramic collection is also notable, with major works by Graham Marks, Jean-Pierre LaRocque, Annabeth Rosen, Peter Voulkos, and Betty Woodman.

Additionally, the collection includes modern and contemporary works on paper, including complete minimalist print portfolios and a large number of artist books. The museum holds a growing number of works by contemporary Latin American artists, such as Oscar Muñoz, Liliana Porter, and Fernanda Brunet. Generous benefactors, Polly and Mark Addison, have donated a significant number of works to the CU Art Museum, forming the Polly and Mark Addison Collection, which runs the gamut of contemporary art production, from paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to videos and digital media.

Particular artistic movements represented in the collection include Conceptual Art, made by Agnes Denes and Mary Kelly; Op Art like that of Richard Anuszkiewicz; Minimalist Art by Dorothea Rockburne; Activist Art created by Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith and Chuck Forsman; Mexican Muralism represented by David Siqueiros and Diego Rivera; Abstract Expressionism and Color Field works done by Helen Frankenthaler; and Cubist tendencies expressed by Marsden Hartley and Richard Estes.

[+]Elizabeth Murray, American (1940-2007)
Old Kicks
oil on canvas on wood
87 1/4 x 81 x 16 3/4 inches

Gift of Linda and Bob Gersh, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
Photo: Paula Cooper Gallery
(c) Elizabeth Murray

[+]Zhang Xiaogang, Chinese (b. 1958)
Big Family
lithograph and silkscreen on paper, edition 37/68
37 x 52 inches

Purchase with funds provided by Nancy Maron, Boulder, CO, and CU Art Museum Benefactors, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
Photo: Jeff Wells
(c) Zhang Xiaogang

[+]Audrey Flack, American (b. 1931)
Macarena of Miracles
c. 1971 (detail)
lithograph, edition 113/150
34 x 23 3/4 inches

Gift from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Aron B. Katz, Colorado Collection, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
(c) Audrey Flack