Spanning from 1961 to the present day, the contemporary art collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art is constantly expanding to reflect the world around us. In recent years the department has shifted its strategy to collect more broadly in a way that mirrors the entire museum collection while recognizing the quickly evolving nature of contemporary art as younger generations of artists explore new forms. The department also seeks to champion under-recognized artists and to provide a more holistic, global view of art made in the second half of the 20th century and later.
The collection includes paintings by pioneering artists from the 1960s, including Mark Rothko’s No. 2 (Red Maroons) (1962), Ellsworth Kelly’s Red Blue (1962), Agnes Martin’s The City (1966) and Andy Warhol’s seminal and monumental Marilyn x 100 (1962), as well as sculptural works by Lee Bontecou, Richard Serra, Donald Judd and Tony Smith. There are also strong holdings of artworks from the ’70s through the ’90s that reflect the complexities and diversity of modern life, including works by Alice Neel, Anselm Kiefer, Wadsworth Jarrell, Robert Gober, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Wong and Julia Wachtel. Art from the 21st century is represented by recent acquisitions of key works by artists such as Rachel Harrison, Anicka Yi, Jim Hodges, Gabriel Orozco, Jordan Wolfson, Katharina Fritsch, Kara Walker and Albert Oehlen.