Exhibition Details

Location: Steele Gallery
Dates: December 4, 2009
to January 3, 2010


The spectacular unveiling of more than 300 new pieces acquired by the Museum in honor of its 50th Anniversary. Featuring works by several notable artists including Andy Warhol, James Turrell, Phillip C. Curtis, Judith Leiber and Chado Ralph Rucci, 50/50 is a stunning showcase of new works that will benefit each of the Museum’s seven collection areas.

Highlights include:
Large-scale contemporary paintings and sculptures as well as works on paper
American and Western American landscape paintings and portraits
A collection of 19th/20th century Retablos
Multiple ensembles and accessories by famous fashion designers
European paintings
A collection of 63 Chinese Yixing teapots, Japanese Cloisonné and ceramics from the Middle East, China, Japan and Korea

Since opening in 1959, the Museum has amassed a collection of more than 18,000 works. Over 90 percent of these gifts were from individual collectors and donors. The 50/50 initiative was chaired by dedicated Museum supporters Gail and Steve Rineberg and Carole and Joel Bernstein. Their diligent efforts resulted in 50 significant gifts from 50 separate donors.

  "At 50, Phoenix Art Museum thrives due to donors"

Image Credits

Left: Still Life, Waltercio Caldas, 2005. Stainless steel, granite, wool yarn and glass. Museum purchase with funds provided by Miriam and Yefim Sukhman. Center:Philip Glass State I, Chuck Close, 2005. Jacquard tapestry. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Berkus and Family. Right: Madame Koch and Her Children, Julius Rolshoven, 1898. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ellen and Howard C. Katz.