With so many images around us, some artists have asked, “Why make more?” Instead, why not borrow them from pop culture, or from the mass media? Others have rejected images entirely, focusing on pure color, form, edge, and shape. Some have done both. What might seem a simple geometrical form may actually tell a deeper story. Highlights of this gallery include the monumental painting Blue Green Yellow Orange Red by SMFA alum Ellsworth Kelly and the recent acquisition, Anish Kapoor’s Untitled (Shu-red) mirror work made of blood-red Japanese lacquer.
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.