Damián Ortega, Olympus, 2009
Damián Ortega

Damián Ortega is one of the most influential artists to emerge from the circle of contemporary artists working alongside Gabriel Orozco in Mexico City in the 1990s. His art exposes the underlying mechanisms and systems that make up familiar objects in the manmade and natural worlds....

Jason Middlebrook, Finding Square, 2011
Jason Middlebrook

Jason Middlebrook works in sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation to image the clash between nature and the built environment. In California, where the artist was raised, this is called the suburban/wildlife interface: a trouble zone where wildfires regularly decimate neighborhoods and...

Josiah McElheny, Czech Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2005
Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny’s installations of handmade glass objects in precisely designed vitrines, pedestals, or wall units with explanatory texts, documentation, or titles entice us to reflect on the origins of this traditional craft, the history of aesthetics it embodies, and the ideologies these...

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 1998
Kerry James Marshall

At age eight, Kerry James Marshall moved with his family from Birmingham to the neighborhood of Watts in South Central Los Angeles. The environment of his upbringing had a profound impact on the subject matter of his work, which revisits the legacy of the Civil Rights era and the nation’s...

Glenn Ligon, Rückenfigur, 2009
Glenn Ligon

Though Glenn Ligon began his career as an abstract painter, after enrolling in the Whitney Independent Study Program in the mid-1980s he turned to more conceptual concerns. He is now known for using text and found images to introduce a broad range of references in his work.


Charles LeDray, Untitled, 1992
Charles LeDray

In a distinctive and powerful body of work, produced over the past twenty years, Charles LeDray has employed diverse sculptural languages and materials such as needle-stitched cloth, carved human bone, and hand-thrown ceramics. In an era of high-tech production values, LeDray...

Thomas Hirschhorn's "Wood-Chain VIII (Pisa Tower)"
Thomas Hirschhorn

Over the past decade, Thomas Hirschhorn has become known for ephemeral constructions he calls “displays” rather than “installations.” Often overflowing their museum or gallery environments, these works resemble shanties, makeshift altars, or department stores gone awry....

Tara Donovan, Nebulous, 2008
Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan often constructs her installations and sculptures by transforming large quantities of mass-produced items—such as drinking straws, straight pins, wooden toothpicks, and plastic buttons—into stunning works of phenomenal impact. She frequently uses the inherent...

Taylor Davis, "Untitled,"  2001.
Taylor Davis

Through her sculptural work, Taylor Davis explores the relationship between object and viewer through precise manipulations of form. Her work, often made of wood and industrial materials, investigates issues of orientation, space, identity, and perception. Taylor Davis is a long-time and...

Louise Bourgeois, Janus, 1968-77
Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois has been creating poignant, cathartic work for more than seventy years, exploring sexuality, the human form, and traumatic events from her childhood. Janus is an evocatively corporeal object, formed out of sleekly polished, milky-hued porcelain. Bourgeois is well known...


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