MCASD's Collection

 
 

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has an ongoing program of art acquisition, through gift, donation, or purchase. New acquisitions support and enhance the strengths of the Museum’s permanent collection as well as institutional initiatives, including a focus on emerging artists and Latin American art. Acquisitions are often directly related to the exhibition program – MCASD will commission artists to create new work as part of an exhibition, then acquire that work for the collection. In this way, exhibition research bears fruit for the permanent collection, and MCASD is able to serve as a primary patron of artists – a key element of the Museum’s mission.

An important source of acquisition funds are the two donor groups at MCASD: International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors. Since 1985, the Collectors have contributed over $2,000,000 in funds to purchase works for the collection, many by emerging artists. In addition, there are numerous contributions each year by individuals and foundations, designated specifically for art acquisition.

Featuring highlights of the Museum’s collection, which contains more than 4,600 objects, MCASD’s online database is a work in progress. As our digitization initiative proceeds, additional records will become available.

Selections from the Collection

Robert Irwin,
1º 2 º 3 º 4º
, 1997, apertures cut into existing windows, apertures: left, 24 x 30 in.; center, 24 x 26 in.; right, 24 x 30 in.; overall room dimensions: 115 x 320 x 221 in.. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Museum purchase in honor of Ruth Gribin with funds from Ruth and Murray Gribin and Ansley I. Graham Trust, Los Angeles © Robert Irwin 1997. Photo: Pablo Mason.
Yoshitomo Nara,
After the deluge
, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 64 in. (162.6 x 162.6 cm). Gift of Ana and Ivan Boesky.
Dennis Oppenheim,
Attempt to Raise Hell
, 1974, clothed figure with cast aluminum head and hands, cast iron bell, motor, 40 x 48 x 36 in. (101.6 x 121.9 x 91.4 cm). Museum purchase with matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Richard Long,
Baja California Circle
, 1989, Baja La Cresta granite. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase, Elizabeth W. Russell Foundation Fund. © Richard Long 1989. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.
Manny Farber,
Batiquitos
, 1995, oil on board. Museum purchase, International and Contemporary Collectors Funds.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo,
Bicicletas, n.d.
, gelatin silver print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin..
Niki de Saint Phalle,
Big Ganesh
, 1998, steel, polystyrene foam, polyurthane, automotive paint, electronic component, light bulbs, and iron base. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Ron and Mary Taylor to honor Martha Longnecker, Founder, Mingei International Museum of Folk Art. © 2012 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. All rights reserved / ARS, NY / ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Pablo Mason..
John McCracken,
Blue Block in Three Parts
, 1966, lacquer, polyester resin, fiberglass, plywood, 33 x 40 x 33 in.. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase with funds from Ansley I. Graham Trust, Los Angeles. © John McCracken. Photo by Philipp Scholz Ritterman. .
Shaun Gladwell,
BMX Channel
, 2013, HD video. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Museum purchase with funds donated by The Mark & Hilarie Moore Family Trust, 2014.17 ©Shaun Gladwell.
John Valadez,
Car Show
, 2001, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 1/4. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum Purchase with funds provided by an Anonymous Donor. © John Valadez.
Robert Ryman,
Century
, 1975, polyvinyl acetate emulsion and gesso on linen canvas over three wooden panels. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger. © 2012 Robert Ryman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York..
Vik Muniz,
Cloud Cloud San Diego
, 2007, gelatin silver print, Sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). Gift of the artist.
Marcos Ramírez ERRE,
Crossroads (Border Tijuana - San Diego)
, 2003, aluminum, automotivep aint, wood, vinyl. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase. © Marcos Ramírez ERRE 2003..
Ann Lislegaard,
Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard)
, 2006, two-channel 3D animation, black and white, silent, 12-minute combinations over three hours. Museum purchase with proceeds from Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Art Auction 2010. Co-purchase with The Israel Museum, Jerusalem..
Sam Gilliam,
Dance Me, Dance You 1, Dance Me, Dance You 2, Dance Me, Dance You 3
, 2009, acrylic on polyester. Museum Purchased with funds provided by Joan and Irwin Jacobs and a partial donation by Sam Gilliam and Carl Solway.
De Wain Valentine,
Diamond Column
, 1978, polyester resin Diamond Column, 91 1/2 x 44 x 12 in.. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase. © De Wain Valentine. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. .
Charles Garabedian,
Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
, 1970, watercolor on paper, 19 ¾ x 29 ½ inches.. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren and Richman, LLP. © 1970 Charles Garabedian..
Vija Celmins,
Eggs
, 1964, oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. (61.6 x 89.5 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Museum purchase with funds from George Wick and Ansley I. Graham Trust, Los Angeles in memory of Hope Wick © Vija Celmins 1964.
Andy Warhol,
Flowers
, 1967, silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 115 1/2 x 115 1/2 in.. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase with contributions from the Museum Art Council Fund.
Brice Marden,
Green Study
, 1982, acrylic on canvas. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Elisabeth Giesberger. © 2012 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York..

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