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Art Since the Mid-20th Century at Worcester Art Museum

Alex Katz, Ada with Sunglasses, 1969, oil on canvas, Gift of Sidney and Rosalie Rose.

Who couldn’t use a little more Alex Katz in their life? Now’s your chance to head out to the Worcester Art Museum to catch a peek at one of his iconic Ada paintings, along with a new installation of the Museum’s collection of art since the mid-20th century. Featuring approximately fifty works of art, displayed in renovated galleries, the exhibition is presented in three thematic installations: The Persistence of Abstraction, Revivals of Figuration and Portraiture, and Cultural Signs.

In conjunction with this exhibition of the Museum’s holdings from the late 20th century, a major stripe painting from 1967 by Kenneth Noland—one of the central figures of Color Field painting—is on view in the Museum’s library. Also, Bill Viola’s Union, a color video diptych from 2000, will remain on view in the Medieval gallery.

This exhibition is a virtual who’s who of major hit-makers from the last 70 years. Including works by Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann, the depth of the Museum’s contemporary collection is profoundly apparent in every room. More recent work by artists like Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Sigmar Polke, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, and Kiki Smith are included as well—displaying the full arc of contemporary art.

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