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About the Contemporary Art Collection

Since its founding, the Cincinnati Art Museum has supported the work of living artists through exhibitions and the acquisition of artworks. The growing Contemporary Art collection continues in this tradition, encouraging understanding of our times and cultures through art produced around the corner and around the world. The artists represented include those working in a wide range of media, such as Frank Stella, Jenny Holzer, Mark Bradford, Cindy Sherman, and Ellsworth Kelly. With the most extensive public collection of contemporary art in Cincinnati, it offers a living archive of today’s art while also preserving and documenting these works for future generations.

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Featured Objects

Rough-textured painting of the back of a person's head in an urban scene Interior with View of Buildings

Richard Diebenkorn, 1964.68

abstract painting of thick, black lines and one orange streak Horizontal Rust

Franz Kline, 1982.85

orange steel beams fashioned into a tripod Atman

Mark di Suvero, 1986.36

old televisions stacked together in a humanoid shape Powel Crosely, Jr.

Nam June Paik, 1992.140

sculpture of a wooden wall textured with rough, vertical ridge lines Lace Mountains

Ursula von Rydingsvard, 2004.1137