The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

October 1, 2009 – May 2, 2010

East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine, Northeast, and Upper Level, North Bridge

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    Hans Hofmann, Autumn Gold, 1957, oil on canvas, 132.7 x 153.4 cm (52 1/4 x 60 3/8 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, 1996.81.4

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    Willem de Kooning, Untitled VI, 1983, oil on canvas, 195.6 x 223.5 cm (77 x 88 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Jasper Johns, Land's End, 1979, lithograph, 132 x 91.4 cm (52 x 36 in.), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Kenneth Noland, Mandarin, 1961, acrylic on canvas, 209.9 x 209.6 cm (82 5/8 x 82 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Frank Stella, Gray Scramble, 1969, alkyd on canvas, 175.6 x 175.6 cm (69 1/8 x 69 1/8 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968, offset lithography (three unattached panels), each panel: 168 x 123.8 cm (66 1/8 x 48 3/4 in.), published by Broadside Art Inc., New York, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Frank Stella, Flin Flon IV, 1969, polymer and fluorescent polymer paint on canvas, 245.1 x 245.1 cm (96 1/2 x 96 1/2 in.) Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, 1994.82.1

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    Brice Marden, Long Drawing, 1993/1996, ink and gouache on paper, 24.8 x 97.8 cm (9 3/4 x 38 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Roy Lichtenstein, Sleeping Muse, 1983, patinated bronze, 65.1 x 86.7 x 10.2 cm (25 5/8 x 34 1/8 x 4 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Franz Kline, Turbin, 1959, oil and enamel on canvas, 285.8 x 197.2 cm (112 1/2 x 77 5/8 in.), Collection of the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Modern Art Foundation

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    Roy Lichtenstein, Painting with Statue of Liberty, 1983, oil and Magna on canvas, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, 1996.81.6

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    Jasper Johns, Racing Thoughts, 1984, oil on canvas, 127 x 190.5 cm (50 x 75 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Philip Guston, Courtroom, 1970, oil on canvas, 170.2 x 327.7 cm (67 x 129 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Brice Marden, Cold Mountain 5 (Open), 1989 – 1991, oil on linen, 274.6 x 366.1 cm (108 1/8 x 144 1/8 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Franz Kline, Thorpe, 1951, oil and enamel on canvas, 95.3 x 87.6 cm (37 1/2 x 34 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Jackson Pollock, Untitled, 1951, ink on Japanese paper, 62.9 x 100.3 cm (24 3/4 x 39 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Yellow Red V, 1954/1987, oil on canvas (three joined panels), overall: 248.6 x 190.5 cm (97 7/8 x 75 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Mark Rothko, No. 3 (Bright Blue, Brown, Dark Blue on Wine), 1962, mixed media on canvas, 205.7 x 193.7 cm (81 x 76 1/4 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Barnett Newman, Canto VII, 1963, from a portfolio of 18 lithographs with title page and preface, 41.3 x 40.3 cm (16 1/4 x 15 7/8 in.), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, NY, National Gallery of Art, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, 1997.129.8

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    Jean Dubuffet, Compagnie fallacieuse, 1963, oil on canvas, 114 x 146.1 cm (44 7/8 x 57 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Jasper Johns, Untitled (E.G. Seidensticker), 1979, encaustic and collage on canvas, 76.2 x 228.6 cm (30 x 90 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Ad Reinhardt, Untitled (Red and Gray), 1950, oil on canvas, 203.2 x 152.4 cm (80 x 60 in.), National Gallery of Art, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, 1992.28.3

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    Mark Rothko, No. 2, 1964, mixed media on canvas, 266.5 x 203.2 cm (104 15/16 x 80 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Ellsworth Kelly, Dark Gray and White Panels, 1977, oil on canvas (two joined panels), 279.4 x 383.5 cm (110 x 151 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Robert Rauschenberg, Treat (Syn-Tex Series), 1970, solvent transfer, newspaper, postcard, and gouache on paper, 101.6 x 69.9 cm (40 x 27 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Robert Rauschenberg, Focus (Hoarfrost), 1975, solvent transfer on fabric and cardboard with objects, 220.4 x 124.5 x 14 cm (86 3/4 x 49 x 5 1/2 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

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    Roy Lichtenstein, Fragmented Painting of Lemons and a Melon on a Table, 1973, oil and Magna on canvas, 91.4 x 116.8 cm (36 x 46 in.), Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 127 contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from the collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff were shown in the exhibition. Artists represented included Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella, as well as other abstract expressionists and younger artists. The exhibition was arranged by visual motif or artistic device into 10 thematic sections: Scrape, Concentricity, Line, Gesture, Art on Art, Drip, Stripe to Zip, Figure or Ground, Monochrome, and Picture the Frame. All of the works in the exhibition were donated or promised gifts to the National Gallery of Art.

A public symposium, A New Look at Postwar Art: The Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, was held on November 21. The 64th National Gallery of Art American Music Festival from November 22 through December 2, 2009, was presented in honor of the exhibition. An additional concert of newly composed music by Roger Reynolds was performed on March 7, 2010, in recognition of the exhibition and Editions with Additions: Working Proofs by Jasper Johns. During the month of January, a film program, What You See Is What You See, featured documentaries about artists whose works were included in the exhibition. A teacher workshop, "Evening with Educators—Postwar Modernism: The Meyerhoff Collection, was held in April. The Garden Café offered a special menu of regional American foods.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Harry Cooper, curator of modern and contemporary art, was curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 96,187

Catalog: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works, by Harry Cooper. Washington: National Gallery of Art in association with Lund Humphries, Surrey, U.K., 2009.

Image: Hans Hofmann, Autumn Gold, 1957, oil on canvas, Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, 1996.81.4