Jurassic Age

Sui Jianguo is considered one of China’s most important contemporary sculptors. His work is often seen as a symbol of China’s transition from communism to capitalism. While playful, Sui’s oversized red dinosaur also evokes the dragon symbol of imperialist China the country’s current aggressive business practices. The phrase “Made in China” embossed on the dinosaur’s stomach references China’s emergence as a contemporary economic juggernaut.

“The reason I enlarge the toys to such an enormous size is to highlight the political economic system behind them. Dinosaur toys are designed by a company in a western country, produced in China and then commercially distributed around the globe.” - Sui Jianguo

Image Credits: Sui Jianguo, Jurassic Age.

Placed Just Below Above the Horizon

Weiner was an early pioneer in conceptual art. In 1968, the nature of his work changed radically after he built an outdoor sculpture of string criss-crossing the front lawn at Windham Collage in Vermont. Over its installation, the students gradually cut all of the strings in order to cross the lawn freely. Weiner realised that his viewers could have had the same experience by simply reading a verbal description of his idea for the piece. Challenging traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object, Weiner’s work has focused on the forms of display and distribution. Since the 1970s, he has concentrated on wall installations of epigrammatic statements. Most of these pieces (ours included) are done by a proxy according to the precise instructions as to size and colour dictated by the artist. Weiner’s work is centered on the potential for language to serve as an art form.

Image Credits: Lawrence Weiner, Placed Just Below Above the Horizon, 2009. Vinyl. Gift of the Sam and Judy Linhart Foundation in honor of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.

Dark Dawn

On the first floor of the Katz Wing, you will see a mixture of much loved works like Louise Nevelson’s Royal Tide V regally positioned among some of our best mid-century modern sculptures and new works like Fred Wilson’s Dark Dawn on loan to us from the GUC Collection.

Beginning with his groundbreaking 1992 exhibition Mining the Museum at the Maryland Historical Society, much of Wilson’s work consisted of juxtaposed and re-contextualized existing objects to create new installations, which alter their traditional meanings or interpretations. Starting in 2003 and his exhibition at the United States Pavilion for the 2003 Venice Biennale, Wilson began fabricating objects again and was especially interested in blown glass – the medium of the piece currently on view shows at the Museum.

Image Credits: Fred Wilson, Dark Dawn, 1967. Blown glass and plate glass. Lent by GUC Collection.

About The Contemporary Art Collection

The Contemporary Collection - art created since the 1950s - is one of the most active and growing areas in the Museum. The collection includes large-scale photography, outdoor sculpture, and art created in a variety of surprising and unexpected materials, plus more "traditional" paintings on canvas. In several instances, daring works push the technical limitations of several media, including computer-controlled LED lighting and video, ceramics, mirrored glass, and even charred wood struck by lightning. In these works, viewers explore human experiences through examinations of abstracted forms, the power of nature, plays of light, shadow and reflective surfaces, and the unknown possibilities of infinity. The Contemporary Art collection provides memorable visual experiences of works by leading artists, including Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Josiah McElheny, Julian Opie, Donald Judd, Michal Rovner, Yayoi Kusama, Cornelia Parker, among many others.

Current Exhibitions

Vanitas Marshall and Hendler Galleries Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Sunday, February 8, 2015

Upcoming Exhibitions

Andy Warhol Marley Foundation Gallery Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

Past Exhibitions

Lifelike Steele Gallery Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Sunday, May 18, 2014

Annie Lopez Chase Lobby Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013

Contemporary Forum Grant Winners Lyon Gallery Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani Marley Gallery Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Sunday, July 7, 2013

Kehinde Wiley Marshall and Hendler Galleries Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Sunday, June 23, 2013

And the Land Grew Quiet Mashall and Hendler Galleries Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012

Seeing is Believing Katz Wing for Modern and Contemporary art, Marshall Gallery and Hendler Gallery Saturday, September 3, 2011 - Sunday, January 22, 2012

Living for Art Orme Lewis Gallery Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Monday, July 4, 2011

Phantom Sightings Steele Gallery Sunday, July 12, 2009 - Sunday, September 20, 2009

Locals Only Steele Gallery Friday, June 12, 2009 - Sunday, September 20, 2009

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