Passages in Modern Art: 1946–1996 brings together objects from the DMA’s acclaimed contemporary collection, including recent acquisitions, rarely seen works, and newly conserved paintings and sculpture.
Art by such iconic artists as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, and Mark Rothko is presented alongside their lesser-known contemporaries. Accompanying Passages in Modern Art are four focused installations in the Quadrant Galleries that include the U.S. premiere of Nina Canell’s 2015 piece Mid-Sentence; art created in the 1960s and 70s by artists Alejandro Puente, Bridget Riley, Jack Whitten, and Sam Gilliam, who were influenced by Abstract Expressionist works made in the 1950s by artists including Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still; an important and visually complex photographic work by Robert Gober; and, finally, the installation Walter De Maria: Counterpoint, the first exhibition of the artist’s work in thirty years. Revisions to works on view will be made over the course of the installation’s year-long presentation.
Previous installations in the Quadrant Galleries included the first solo presentation in an American museum by Irish artist William McKeown featuring The Dayroom; a gallery pivoting around the influential work of Stephen Antonakos; and a gallery dedicated to the extraordinary collection bequest of the late Dorace M. Fichtenbaum.