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.

Insurrection

1962


Anne Truitt
Theophrastus Garden 2

1982


Terry Winters
Mother mother I am ill

1993


Ida Applebroog
Reverential and Needy

1991


Lari Pittman
Yellow with Red Triangle

1973


Ellsworth Kelly
Coleman’s Cafe (I)

1982


William Christenberry
Blue Blood

1979


Martin Puryear
Untitled

2008


Chris Martin
Flyer

1986


Sean Scully
Light Depth

1969


Sam Gilliam
Mao

1973


Andy Warhol
Ocean Park #83

1975


Richard Diebenkorn
Hand Held

1996


Jane Hammond
Junkie's Curtain

1967


Gene Davis
Voyager

1992


Kerry James Marshall
Red Star

1970


Raymond Saunders
Coat and Coated

1970


Neil Jenney
Summer Street

1956


Grace Hartigan
Ice Flower

1969


Rockne Krebs
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1994


Jessica Stockholder
Brown Stretched

1966


Kenneth Noland
Salut Tom

1979


Joan Mitchell
Synopsis of a Battle

1968


Cy Twombly