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.

Selections from the Collection

After the deluge

After the deluge,
2006
acrylic on canvas
Gift of Ana and Ivan Boesky

Attempt to Raise Hell

Attempt to Raise Hell,
1974
Installation
Museum purchase with matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts

Baja California Circle

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

Batiquitos

Batiquitos,
1995
oil on board

Bicicletas, n.d.

Bicicletas, n.d.,
gelatin silver print
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Lawrence and Carol Zicklin.

Big Ganesh

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.

Blue Block in Three Parts

Blue Block in Three Parts,
1966
lacquer, polyester resin, fiberglass, plywood
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.

Car Show

Car Show,
2001
oil on canvas
Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum Purchase with funds provided by an Anonymous Donor. © John Valadez

Century

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.

Cloud Cloud San Diego

Cloud Cloud San Diego,
2007
gelatin silver print
Gift of the artist

Crossroads (Border Tijuana - San Diego)

Crossroads (Border Tijuana - San Diego),
2003
aluminum, automotivep aint, wood, vinyl
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase. © Marcos Ramírez ERRE 2003.

Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard)

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.

Dance Me, Dance You 1, Dance Me, Dance You 2, Dance Me, Dance You 3

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

Diamond Column

Diamond Column,
1978
polyester resin Diamond Column
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase. © De Wain Valentine. Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann.

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde,
1970
watercolor on paper
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren and Richman, LLP. © 1970 Charles Garabedian.

Eraser

Eraser,
1967
acrylic on balsa wood
Collection Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Gift of Avco Financial Services, Newport Beach.

Flowers

Flowers,
1967
silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase with contributions from the Museum Art Council Fund

Green Study

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.

Hammering Man at 3,110,527

Hammering Man at 3,110,527,
1988
1-3/4 thick COR-TEN steel with motorized aluminum arm
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of Matthew and Iris Strauss. © Jonathan Borofsky 1988. Photo by Jimmy Fluker.

Kenosha, WI, 2003 (Spilled Milk)

Kenosha, WI, 2003 (Spilled Milk),
2003
Lightjet C-print
Museum purchase

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