Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945

From its inception, the Corcoran has placed contemporary art at the core of its mission and identity. The museum collects the art of the present for display and interpretation alongside the Gallery’s ever-expanding historical collections. The Corcoran’s pursuit of the new has ensured that the museum and its collections remain vibrant, constantly looking to the future while evaluating its past. The post-1945 collection includes paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, new media, and installation art. The collection features works from post-war artists such as Willem de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, Jessica Stockholder, Anne Truitt,  Robert Colescott, and others.

Brown Stretched

1966


Kenneth Noland
Summer Street

1956


Grace Hartigan
Yellow with Red Triangle

1973


Ellsworth Kelly
Flyer

1986


Sean Scully
Red Star

1970


Raymond Saunders
Junkie's Curtain

1967


Gene Davis
Theophrastus Garden 2

1982


Terry Winters
Insurrection

1962


Anne Truitt
Salut Tom

1979


Joan Mitchell
Ice Flower

1969


Rockne Krebs
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1994


Jessica Stockholder
Voyager

1992


Kerry James Marshall
Untitled

2008


Chris Martin
Reverential and Needy

1991


Lari Pittman
Hand Held

1996


Jane Hammond
Light Depth

1969


Sam Gilliam
Coat and Coated

1970


Neil Jenney
Coleman’s Cafe (I)

1982


William Christenberry
Ocean Park #83

1975


Richard Diebenkorn
Blue Blood

1979


Martin Puryear
Mao

1973


Andy Warhol
Mother mother I am ill

1993


Ida Applebroog
Synopsis of a Battle

1968


Cy Twombly