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Visual Forms of the Avant Garde - a survey

Algimantas Kezys
Figure and Squares, Toronto, Canada, from "Society's Man"
1969 - 1984
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Dr. Milda Budrys
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
lithograph | paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
This photograph depicts a view of three costumed children holding sparklers in a yard.  On the ground there are chicken feathers strewn about.
Keith Carter
Chicken Feathers
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
This is a line drawing done in colors of red, orange, blue, yellow, brown and green, on white paper. In the top center portion of the sheet are the words, "A LIE". Below this are forms that resemble an egg, a slice of bacon, a piece of bread with a pat of yellow butter. Below these forms are some round shapes, labeled "flakes", a bowl and a carton of milk, labeled "milk".
Jean-Michel Basquiat
A Lie
colored crayons | paper
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen
A composite photograph from two negatives. The frame is divided by two figures that are formally similar and stacked vertically. The bottom form is a clenched fist and the top is a nude figure. 
Jerry N. Uelsmann
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson
This black and white print shows the images of two pistols pointed at each other. Two large black abstract forms with vertical stripes sit underneath and above the two guns. At the lower right, there is a rectanglular box with the text "ALLUME TES / GITANES" and artist's signature "Man Ray", alongside an image comprised of half a glass bottle and abstract shapes and marks. The print is signed (l.r.) "Man Ray" and numbered (l.l.) "8/41" in pencil.
Man Ray
Allume tes gitanes
1963 - 1969
etching | paper
Museum Purchase
Robert Rauschenberg
serigraph and collage | paper
Gift of Dr. & Mrs. J. Robert Willson
A photograph of two boys jumping off the edge of a porch on a house.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
1960 - 1965
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Two Friends of the Museum
This sculptural mixed-media consists of three long, narrow panels supporting plexiglass elements. The first has transparent plexiglass with brown geometric shapes on it as well as broken glass or plexiglass rods, and painted blue, green, and red dashed lines on the plexiglass. The second, shorter panel is black and glossy with six black matte squares on it. Red, orange, green, and blue abstract shapes are layered underneath the squares. The third, narrower, panel is transparent with eight square sections, some covered with an opaque material. There are also abstract designs that are primarily black, with some green and orange.
Milton Cohen
Paper Collage with Slide Projection
1953 - 1963
mixed media | plexiglass
Gift of Gerome Kamrowski
A spare and restrained abstract composition is built up out of layers of mostly translucent basic geometric forms. The grey tones of the background are created with large rectangle shapes. In the upper part of the piece is a light colored circle, with a brighter circle inside it. Both are crossed by an axis of bright, thin orange lines. On the left, the point of a triangle protrudes from the edge. It is covered by a faint gray trapezoidal shape. Three small black semi-circles are also visible: one along the lines inside the circles; the other two along the trapezoidal shape and just beneath the triangle.
László Moholy-Nagy
Abstract Composition (Abstrakte Komposition)
1920 - 1930
watercolor, India ink, and collage | off-white wove paper
Museum Purchase
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
lithograph | paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Photograph looking straight down onto a built landscape.
László Moholy-Nagy
From the Radio Tower, Berlin
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson


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Part of 3 Learning Collections

87 Collection Object Sources

A Lie (1985/2.18)
Equivalent (2012/1.227)
Flirt (1983/1.137)
Untitled (1997/2.8)
Dali Atomicus (1978/2.30)
Manikin (1948/1.352)
Magnolia Bud (2004/2.144)
The Kiss (1987/1.218)
Trinity Church (1989/1.72)
New York at Night (2002/1.156)
Boy with Camera Work (2000/2.142.4)
Brooklyn Bridge (1972/1.170)
Men's Fashions (1974/1.107)
Two Barns (1976/1.203)
Mother© (1985/2.19)
Umgeben (1961/2.43)
Still Life (1981/2.17)
Still Life (1981/2.18)
Scrub (1981/2.37)
White Sands (1981/2.39)
Hydra Study (1976/1.231)
Ship Aground (2013/2.218)
Tower of Silence (2013/2.220)
Zvenigora (2013/2.228)
My Own Brother (2013/2.229)
Violet (1960/2.66)
Bleu Noir (1960/2.67)
Sculptures (1957/2.5)
Bird (1981/2.85)
Figure (1953/1.27)

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