Contemporary Art is the second in a series highlighting the Museum’s exceptional holdings and showcasing works that are new to Houston audiences. A survey across disciplines, media, and three continents, this exhibition offers a fresh view of artists who have shaped the art of today.
Works on display range from signature paintings, sculptures, and videos by Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol, and Peter Fischli and David Weiss, to recent canvases by Mark Flood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Byron Kim, and Pat Steir.
Major recent acquisitions—on view for the first time in these galleries—include Julie Mehretu's Mogamma, A Painting in Four Parts: Part 4, a monumental canvas that addresses the aspirations and chaos of the Arab Spring; Soundsuits, two paired figures by Nick Cave; and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's brilliantly reflective Nonagon, which unites Minimalist aesthetics with mirror mosaic techniques from Islamic architecture. Among the other highlights are Andrea Branzi's Prototype for Tree 5, in which nature and structure coexist in a delicate balance; the haunting and mournful A negra by Carmela Gross; Norberto Nicola's Queda II, a richly woven wall relief that unites the geometric principles of his paintings with textures drawn from Pre-Columbian artistic traditions; and Mysteries, a text-based painting by Ed Ruscha that captures the melancholy spirit of film noir and the California landscape at twilight.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.