The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary international art in the central United States. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented, On view now on the first floor, important examples of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Pop art, and Minimalism as well as new acquistions by Sol LeWitt and Jenny Holzer.
Brooklyn-based artist Jules de Balincourt is known for his expressive, radiantly colored paintings that vary distinctly in style, size, and theme. Through subject matter such as cityscapes and present-day genre scenes, his work often evokes notions of American utopia and dystopia, politics, and various societal groups. De Balincourt works on up to ten paintings at a time without sketches or source materials, and he considers them chapters—symbiotic, yet independent, darting between abstraction and representation.
Since 2000, the Chinese/Japanese collaborative team RongRong&inri have been creating impeccably printed, romantic photographic series that often chronicle their lives together. The husband-and-wife team is widely recognized for self-portraits that juxtapose their life stories against both natural landscapes from around the world and urban landscapes in a rapidly developing China. Through these narrative photographs, RongRong&inri elaborate on relationships and cultural differences and similarities.
Mexico City–based Mario García Torres is best known for his engaging cinematic narratives that explore and reveal the overlooked and now-buried histories and personalities of 1960s and 1970s conceptual art. García Torres researches evidence, myths, and particular stories to retell some of these forgotten narratives from an important moment in art history, while also filling in missing gaps with fictional threads. The artist presents these accounts in his varied body of work, which includes video, slide installations, photography, and sculpture.