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The Modern Art collection includes works dating from around 1900 to around 1950 and reflects progressive art trends in both Europe and North America. Note that this collecting area overlaps with several other divisions unique to Phoenix Art Museum, including Western American, Latin American, and the Philip C. Curtis collection (e.g. Frida Kahlo’s painting is found in the Latin American collection, though she can also be considered a Modern artist). Search by date range to see the broadest array of works characterized as Modern. Keep in mind that categories of art are fluid; use Advanced Search if you are looking for something specific.

Artist/MakerSorted AscendingTitleArtwork DateMediumObject Number
Max Pechstein Am Dorfeingang (At the Beginning of the Village)1919woodcut1969.113
Miklos Suba American Landscape1938oil on canvas1983.116
Philip C. Curtis Arizona Landscape1939oil pastel on paper2001.26
Arthur Garfield Dove Arrangement in Form II1944oil on canvas1984.439
Philip C. Curtis Arrangement of People and Things1946tempera on board2001.34
Emil Bisttram Ascending1930pencil on paper1999.59
Milton Avery Badminton1949oil on canvas1991.131
Philip C. Curtis Band Concert1965oil on panel2001.3
Joseph Stella Bird (Oriole)1920s-1930spencil, crayon and colored pencil on card stock2011.130.2
John Sennhauser Black Forms in Color Space #61946oil on canvas1998.107