Material Meanings Selections from the Constance R. Caplan Collection Matthew S. Witkovsky, Yve-Alain Bois

Publication date:
24 Mar 2020
Art Institute of Chicago
160 pages: 254 x 210mm
72 color + 3 b-w illus.
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A fascinating gathering of modern and contemporary art that considers artworks from different media as material objects

This book features 31 objects from Constance R. Caplan’s noted collection of 20th- and 21st-century art, including works in a variety of media by artists such as Hans Arp, Lynda Benglis, Liz Deschenes, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. Rather than specialize in one medium, artist, or movement, Caplan has instead assembled paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and examples of decorative art that together capture the full scope of a transformative period in art history. Individual pieces are examined by a diverse group of scholars that includes voices from both the school and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, while Yve-Alain Bois provides a historical overview of the collection’s genesis, with a particular focus on the dialogue among works from different artistic disciplines.

Matthew S. Witkovsky is Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yve-Alain Bois is professor of art history at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University.

The Art Institute of Chicago
(February 22–July 5, 2020)