1966
Josef Albers
Oil on fiberboard
30 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches

One of the most immediately recognizable and influential series of paintings produced in the twentieth century is Josef Albers's Homage to the Square. Beginning the series in 1950, at age 62, Albers was to produce more than a thousand Homage paintings and prints, in four different formats.(1) The works became widely known (one appeared on a 1980 United States postage stamp) and influenced two generations of hard edge and Minimalist art.

1951
Josef Albers
Oil on fiberboard
30 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches
Year Acquired: 1980

One of the most immediately recognizable and influential series of paintings produced in the twentieth century is Josef Albers's Homage to the Square. Beginning the series in 1950, at age 62, Albers was to produce more than a thousand Homage paintings and prints, in four different formats.(1) The works became widely known (one appeared on a 1980 United States postage stamp) and influenced two generations of hard edge and Minimalist art.

1967
Josef Albers
Oil on fiberboard
30 3/4 x 30 3/4 inches

One of the most immediately recognizable and influential series of paintings produced in the twentieth century is Josef Albers's Homage to the Square. Beginning the series in 1950, at age 62, Albers was to produce more than a thousand Homage paintings and prints, in four different formats.(1) The works became widely known (one appeared on a 1980 United States postage stamp) and influenced two generations of hard edge and Minimalist art.

1960
Milton Avery
Oil on canvas
72 x 52 inches
Year Acquired: 1989
1956
Francis Bacon
Oil on canvas
78 x 54 inches
Year Acquired: 2002

As the earliest surviving self-portrait, painted from memory when the artist was forty-seven years old, Self-Portrait, 1956 is a key work within Francis Bacon’s oeuvre. In this painting, Bacon depicts himself with the classic psychological impact that has come to characterize his portraits. He is isolated and hunched over, with asymmetrical features—the right side of his face is harshly raised by comparison with the left side, and the right eye is reduced to a crude circle.

1995
David Bates
Plaster, metal and wood
39 x 12 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
1982
Ed Blackburn
Acrylic on canvas
61 7/8 x 83 3/4 inches
Year Acquired: 1992
1947
Bill Bomar
Oil on masonite
25.5 x 29 1/2 x 2 inches
Year Acquired: 1947
1990-91
Deborah Butterfield
Unique Bronze
80 x 112 x 28 inches
Year Acquired: 1992
1987-88
Anthony Caro
Steel, rusted and waxed
96 x 73 x 63 inches
Year Acquired: 1989
1962
Richard Diebenkorn
Oil on canvas
40 x 34 inches
Year Acquired: 1991
1978
Dan Flavin
Fluorescent lights and metal fixtures, Ed. 2/5 (only 3 every produced)
Overall: 48 x 48 x 2 in. (121.92 x 121.92 x 5.08 cm)
Year Acquired: 2010
1976
Gilbert & George
Photo piece, twenty-five panels
Overall 121 x 102 inches
Year Acquired: 1998
1985
Nancy Graves
Bronze and stainless steel with polyurethane paint
92 3/4 x 70 x 31 1/2 inches

Nancy Graves established herself as an artist in the late 1960s with an exhibition of realistic, life-size camels. Fabricated out of wood, steel, burlap, polyurethane, animal hide, wax, and oil paint, these sculptures appeared to be taken directly from a natural history museum, and they asserted the artist’s interest in science and history. Graves returned to sculpture in the 1980s after a hiatus dedicated to painting, still interested in science and nature, but far from her camels of the late 1960s.

1976
Philip Guston
Oil on canvas
80 x 116 inches
Year Acquired: 1994
1978
Philip Guston
Oil on canvas
75 x 108 inches
Year Acquired: 1999
1999
Joseph Havel
Bronze
119 x 56 x 56 inches
Year Acquired: 2001

I'm interested in capturing the ordinary, whether it be an object or a momentary event. I want to make it permanent but make it seem like it isn't.(1) — Joseph Havel

2012
Jenny Holzer
9 LED signs with blue diodes
.85 x 120 x 576 inches
Year Acquired: 2012
2008
Hubbard & Birchler
High definition video with sound
Installation dimensions variable
Year Acquired: 2007
1997
Hubbard & Birchler
Five Digital C-print photographs
Unframed: 47 5/8 x 59 1/16 in. Framed: 49 1/4 x 60 7/8 x 2 3/16 in.
Year Acquired: 2010
2002
Callum Innes
Oil on canvas
97 1/2 x 93 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 2003

This painting by Callum Innes began as a monochrome, with dense layers of black oil paint covering the middle section of a primed white canvas. What appears as a soft veil of color is actually the remains of a carefully unpainted block of canvas. Taking a turpentine-soaked brush, the artist allowed the solvent to run down the surface of one painted section, leaving a ghostly trail of paint and exposing the support underneath. Innes’s exposed paintings, a series he has explored since the early 1990s, take their specific titles from the color of paint used in their creation.

1963-64
Alain Jacquet
Oil on canvas
90 3/4 x 55 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 2001

Between 1962 and 1964, Alain Jacquet created his Camouflage series, to which Camouflage Botticelli (Birth of Venus), 1963–64, belongs. For this piece Jacquet reproduced Sandro Botticelli’s important Renaissance painting(1) of a curvaceous, nude Venus with flowing golden hair, posed on a floating cockle shell, and he overlaid it on a gas pump that bears the word “Shell,” complete with the oil corporation’s scallop-shaped logo.

1963
Jess
Oil on canvas mounted on wood
29 3/4 x 33 inches

In 1949, after working for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, between 1944 and 1946, Jess envisioned the earth being destroyed in the year 1975. This fear, undoubtedly part of a more pervasive anxiety experienced internationally following the devastation of World War II, inspired Jess to move to San Francisco and become an artist in an attempt to rediscover a sense of value in society. Montana Xibalba, an example from his Translation series, is part of a grand meditation on science, myth, and art.

1992-94
Anselm Kiefer
Lead, tin, and steel
74 3/4 x 208 5/8 x 43 3/8 inches
Year Acquired: 2000

Since 1969 Anselm Kiefer has consistently returned to the book as subject matter. As a primary source of knowledge and a repository of world religions, books are a powerful and paradoxical symbol for the artist. Eventually Kiefer’s books became freestanding sculptures, massive symbols of the artist’s investigation of world knowledge through images. Book with Wings consists of a massive lead book supported on a steel lectern. The pages of the open book sprout two majestic wings.

1996
Anselm Kiefer
Emulsion, acrylic, and gold leaf on canvas
130 x 218 3/4 inches (330.2 x 555.6 cm)
1961
Roy Lichtenstein
Oil on canvas
56 1/4 x 42 1/8 inches
Year Acquired: 1982

Roy Lichtenstein’s comics-based compositions rival Andy Warhol’s images of Campbell’s Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe as the best known and most influential examples of Pop art. Lichtenstein’s comic-book paintings, such as Mr. Bellamy, 1961, have attained such renown and familiarity that it is easily forgotten that they were produced only briefly (1961–65) and that, as part of his early Pop work, they provoked tremendous controversy.

1989
Sally Mann
Sally Mann
20 x 24 inches
Year Acquired: 1998
1960
Henry Moore
Bronze with bronze base
50 x 113 x 54 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
1996
Yasumasa Morimura
Ilfachrome photograph mounted on Plexiglas, edition 3/10
47 1/4 x 37 3/8 inches
Year Acquired: 1998
1999
Ron Mueck
Silicone, acrylic, polyurethane foam, and fabric
25 1/4 x 17 x 16 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 2000

Ron Mueck's Untitled (Seated Woman) will be on view at the Blanton Museum of Art in the exhibition Lifelike, June 23 - September 22, 2013.

1993
Catherine Opie
Chromogenic print, Ed. 1/8
Image: 18 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. (46.36 x 35.88 cm) Framed: 20 5/8 x 16 3/4 x 2 in. (52.39 x 42.55 x 5.08 cm)
Year Acquired: 2014
1994
Catherine Opie
Chromogenic print, Ed. 8, AP 1/2
Image: 18 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (46.36 x 36.51 cm) Sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm) Framed: 20 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 2 in. (52.71 x 42.55 x 5.08 cm)
Year Acquired: 2014
2007
Roxy Paine
Stainless steel
40 x 45 x 28 feet
Year Acquired: 2008
1960
Pablo Picasso
Oil on canvas
51 1/4 x 77 1/4 inches
Year Acquired: 1967
1976
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Bronze, mirror
120 x 84 x 47 inches
Year Acquired: 2001
1952
Jackson Pollock
Enamel on canvas
56 1/4 x 31 3/4 inches
Year Acquired: 1985

Of all the Abstract Expressionists working in New York in the 1940s and 1950s, Jackson Pollock was undoubtedly the most conspicuous. Even within a radical group that took abstraction to new heights, shifting the attention of the international art world from Paris to New York, Pollock’s mercurial personality and unique mode of painting stood out.

1938
Jackson Pollock
Oil on canvas
40 x 24 inches
Year Acquired: 1985
1996
Martin Puryear
Wood (ash and maple)
432 x 22 3/4 (narrowing to 1 1/4 at top) x 3 inches
Year Acquired: 2003

Ladder for Booker T. Washington will not be on view from mid-August, 2013 through mid-Janaury 2014.

What excited me about [the piece] was that the length of it was such that you wouldn’t really be able to tell whether you were looking at something that had been manipulated or whether it was in fact truly receding into space through sheer length. — Martin Puryear

Lia
1944
Dickson Reeder
Oil on canvas
28 5/8 x 23 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 1945
1992
Gerhard Richter
Cibachrome, edition 9/12
76 3/8 x 49 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 1996
1980
Ulrich Ruckriem
Texas red granite
Left: 36 3/8 x 43 x 43 1/4 inches, Right: 36 3/8 x 43 3/4 x 43 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 1981
1971
Lucas Samaras
Cor-ten steel
21 3/4 x 22 x 15 7/8 inches
Year Acquired: 1971
1999
Sean Scully
Oil on linen, two panels
Overall 108 x 132 inches
Year Acquired: 2000
1983
Sean Scully
Oil on canvas, two panels
Overall 115 x 96 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
1979
Sean Scully
Oil on canvas, two panels
84 x 84 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
1995
Sean Scully
Oil on canvas, three panels
114 x 180 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
1996
Sean Scully
Oil on canvas, three panels
96 x 144 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
2002
Richard Serra
Cor-ten steel
67 feet 10 inches x 21 feet 9 inches x 20 feet 10 inches
Year Acquired: 2002
1990
Andres Serrano
Cibachrome print, edition of 4
60 x 49 1/2 inches
Year Acquired: 1995
1948
Ben Shahn
Tempera on panel
36 1/8 x 48 1/8 inches
Year Acquired: 1969
1989
Cindy Sherman
Cibachrome print
65 11/32 x 49 13/16 inches
Year Acquired: 1995
1980
Cindy Sherman
Gelatin silver print
30 x 40 inches
Year Acquired: Collection of the Mo
1980
Cindy Sherman
Gelatin silver print
40 x 30 inches
Year Acquired: 1995
1968
Frank Stella
Polymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvas
120 1/8 x 181 inches
Year Acquired: 1987
1997
Cy Twombly
Cy Twombly
65 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
Year Acquired: 1999
1951
Bror Utter
Watercolor on paper
15 1/4 x 18 inches
Undated
Bror Utter
Oil on canvas
Year Acquired: 1957
Undated
Bror Utter
Oil on canvas
20.25 x 24 inches
Year Acquired: 1949
20th Century
Bror Utter
Oil on canvas
19.25 x 30 inches
Year Acquired: 1946
1962
Andy Warhol
Acrylic on canvas
82 x 66 1/4 inches (208.3 x 168.3 cm)
Year Acquired: Collection of the Mo

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it. — Andy Warhol

1986
Andy Warhol
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas
108 x 108 inches
Year Acquired: 1998
1990
Carrie Mae Weems
Three gelatin silver prints with text panels, edition of 5
Each 27 1/4 x 27 inches
Year Acquired: 1995
1990
Carrie Mae Weems
Three gelatin silver prints with text panels, edition of 5
Each 27 1/4 x 27 inches
Year Acquired: 1995
1990
Carrie Mae Weems
Three gelatin silver prints with text panels, edition of 5
Each 27 1/4 x 27 inches
Year Acquired: 1995
1953
Charles T. Williams
Welded steel
19 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches
Year Acquired: 1954