“When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection”

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery

Jackson Pollock “Number 8, 1949,” 1949. Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas. (full credit below)

Saturday, December 3, 2016 through Sunday, January 29, 2017

With works by 52 of the 20th century’s most influential artists, the exhibition illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the century while also exploring Roy R. Neuberger’s significant role as a collector of and advocate for the contemporary art of his time.

Financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010), one of the 20th century’s foremost collectors, built a groundbreaking collection of American modern art, the full impact of which is only now being assessed. Recognizing the significance of the art of his own time, Neuberger 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, Mark Rothko, and numerous others. Neuberger said of himself, “I have not collected art as an investor would, I collect art because I love it.”

Neuberger developed his passion for art while in Paris in the 1920s and began collecting in earnest after returning home to New York City in 1929. He was committed to buying the work of living artists, in order to support the artists themselves, and formed relationships with 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 private collection of modern art in the country.

Image credits below

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Illustrated Lecture:

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium | No charge

“Artists, Dealers, Collectors, and Curators:  Roy R. Neuberger in the Art World of New York City” with Roger Ward, deputy director and chief curator at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS.

When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY.

Contemporary logogroupAdditional support is provided by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Christie’s. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Generous support for the original presentation and the accompanying catalogue was provided by Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger. Sotheby’s has provided in-kind support to the Neuberger Museum.

IMAGE CREDITS:

Jackson Pollock, Number 8, 1949, 1949. Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas. 34 x 71 1/2 in.. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1971.02.11 © 2016 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jim Frank. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Mark Rothko, Old Gold Over White, 1956. Oil on canvas. 68 x 46 in.. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1969.01.20. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jim Frank. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Alexander Calder, The Red Ear, 1957. Painted sheet metal and wire. 50 x 73 x 3 in.. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1975.16.50. © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jim Frank. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Lake George by Early Moonrise, 1930. Oil and gouache on canvas. 24 x 36 in.. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1970.02.26. © 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jim Frank. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Willem de Kooning, Marilyn Monroe, 1954. Oil on canvas. 50 x 30 in.. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1971.02.06. © 2016 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jim Frank. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

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