Joseph Stella "Gas Tank, Pittsburgh (American Landscape)," 1918 Oil on canvas 40 x 30 1/8 in. (101.6 x 76.5 cm) Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1975.16.42 Photo: Jim Frank Court
When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection
Sep 30, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Recognizing the significance of the art of his own time, Financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010) acquired work by a remarkable selection of modern masters, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and numerous others.
He was committed to buying the work of living artists, in order to support the artists themselves, and formed relationships with many influential artists, dealers, and critics. By 1950, the center of the avant-garde art world had shifted from Paris to New York, and Neuberger’s was the most important collection of modern art in the country.
"When Modern Was Contemporary" features some fifty paintings and sculptures, illuminating the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the twentieth century, and providing unique insight into one of the most fertile periods in American art.