“I like to work from things that I see, whether they’re man-made or natural or a combination of the two,” said Ellsworth Kelly in 1964. “The things that I’m interested in have always been there.” Many artists find untapped meaning in what exists all around us. Some draw from “man-made” content—from industrial techniques and news media photos to pop culture and even other art—to make observations about society. Others transform the most straightforward, “natural” shapes and colors to elicit complex perceptual or corporeal sensations. Whether pop-savvy or minimal, these works reveal the profound in what is already there.
The Buttenwieser Gallery is one of eight contemporary galleries that opened in 2011 as part of the dynamic Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. These galleries present innovative approaches to the exhibition of contemporary art within the context of the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, offering new perspectives and encouraging connections between art of the present and past.