In the 100 years since an American audience was introduced to modernist avant-garde artists such as Constantin Brancuşi, Francis Picabia, Georges Braque and Marcel Duchamp via the Armory Show of 1913, the art world has seen a seismic shift away from the old continent as New York gradually overtook Paris to become the epicentre of the art world. As the East Coast metropolis became home to wave after wave of burgeoning art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, it was the pioneering spirit of a new breed of collectors and their openness to innovative ideas that allowed these vibrant new art forms to flourish and lead the rest of the world.
The examples of work contained within this unique collection demonstrate the breadth and variety of the new international vernacular. Artists as diverse as Roy Lichtenstein, Ugo Rondinone and Tony Cragg exemplify many of the concerns that occupied artists of the post-war generation. From Ugo Rondinone’s chromatic circles, which challenge the conventions of painting, to Robert Indiana’s Hope that does the same for sculpture, the works here demonstrate the possibilities of human creativity.
All the best art collections are intensely personal creations — often the personifications of their creators — containing objects that stimulate both the mind as well as the eye. The works on offer are the result of incredible passion, assembled over a number of years by a collector with a unique vision, understanding and appreciation of the diverse range of artistic movements that have shaped our culture for the past half century.
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