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.

Mother mother I am ill

1993


Ida Applebroog
Summer Street

1956


Grace Hartigan
Voyager

1992


Kerry James Marshall
Coat and Coated

1970


Neil Jenney
Yellow with Red Triangle

1973


Ellsworth Kelly
Ocean Park #83

1975


Richard Diebenkorn
Brown Stretched

1966


Kenneth Noland
Red Star

1970


Raymond Saunders
Junkie's Curtain

1967


Gene Davis
Coleman’s Cafe (I)

1982


William Christenberry
Blue Blood

1979


Martin Puryear
Synopsis of a Battle

1968


Cy Twombly
Untitled

2008


Chris Martin
Theophrastus Garden 2

1982


Terry Winters
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1994


Jessica Stockholder
Light Depth

1969


Sam Gilliam
Ice Flower

1969


Rockne Krebs
Reverential and Needy

1991


Lari Pittman
Flyer

1986


Sean Scully
Mao

1973


Andy Warhol
Salut Tom

1979


Joan Mitchell
Hand Held

1996


Jane Hammond
Insurrection

1962


Anne Truitt