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The Contemporary collection includes art created since the 1950s by artists across the globe. The collection is not defined purely by date, however. In general, this category includes works by artists who are broadly considered by the museum field to be “contemporary” in media, style, subject, etc. Due to the division of curatorial areas unique to Phoenix Art Museum, you will also find contemporary artworks in the Western American, Latin American, Asian, and Fashion Design collections. Keep in mind that categories of art are fluid; use Advanced Search if you are looking for something specific.

Artist/MakerSorted AscendingTitleArtwork DateMediumObject Number
Willem De Kooning Woman in the Pool1968oil on paper mounted on canvas1975.37
David Reed Working Drawing for Painting #3231991pencil on paper2008.245
Andy Mann X Matrix1975ink on paper2008.239
Yayoi Kusama You Who are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies (Tú que estás siendo obliterado por una multitud de luciérnagas danzantes)2005mixed media installation with LED lights2005.146
Michal Rovner Zalach B2004steel vitrine with glass, stone and DVD video projection2004.63
George Thiewes Zap2008painted steel2008.203
Ruben Ochoa Zoned Out in the 900452007c-print in custom wenge frame2011.1