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Crosscurrents at Century's End: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Art Collection
January 25 - April 11, 2004
Crosscurrents at Century's End is an exceptional exhibition of 55 innovative paintings, sculptures and photographs showcasing the range of contemporary art produced primarily in the last five years. The exhibition explores such themes as: the influence of popular culture; the tradition of abstraction; the human condition; the role of whimsy; and personal responses to social and political events. Many of the artists whose works are on view in the exhibition have created some of the most important contemporary art of the last century. (right: Fatimah Tuggar, Bath Time, 1999, Computer montage, edition of 3, 48 x 52 inches, Neuberger Berman Art Collection)
Some of the artists with international reputations represented in the exhibition include: Andreas Gursky, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Thomas Struth, Sam Taylor-Wood, Laylah Ali and more.
One characteristic of much painting in recent years is its relatively up-beat nature. Artists in the show who tend toward the whimsical include Michael Bevilacqua, Sharon Ellis, Michael Lazarus, David Moreno, and Takashi Murakami. Whimsy also plays a role in the metaphorical images of Liza May Post and the droll images of Vik Muniz both of who may challenge many preconceptions about photography.
The exhibition includes works that range from a fascinating revisiting of tradition to work that appears startlingly new. The focus is on individual works of art rather than on the representation of a movement or direction.
This exhibition offers visitors to Tampa Museum of Art a unique chance to see a variety of work by many of the most exciting artists working today. While their work has been widely seen in major galleries and museums, this will be a special opportunity to view their work in Tampa.
Crosscurrents at Century's End is a collection belonging to the Neuberger Berman Investment Corporation. Art in the workplace has been a part of Neuberger Berman's corporate culture since the investment firm was founded in 1939. In 1990 Neuberger Berman began developing its own art collection, emphasizing the work of emerging mid-career artists from around the world and presenting their works in an enriching environment for employees and visitors. Their collecting philosophy is open-ended and celebrates contemporary art's diversity with no dominating style or media. (right: Thomas Struth (born 1954, Geldern, Germany), Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, 1991, C-print, 74 x 96 1/4 inches, Photo courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Neuberger Berman Art Collection)
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue by Exhibition Curator, I. Michael Danoff that is available for purchase in the Guilders Museum Store, or online at www.TampaMuseum.com.
About Neuberger Berman and its collection philosophy
Contemporary art in the workplace has been a part of Neuberger Berman's corporate culture since the investment firm was founded in 1939. The Neuberger Berman Art Collection supports the efforts of living artists and creates a stimulating, enriching environment for employees and visitors. This is the first public exhibition of selections from the collection, and the Tampa Museum of Art is the final stop on a four-city tour. (right: Michael Bevilacqua (American, born 1966) Do You Remember the First Time?, 1998, Acrylic on canvas. Neuberger Berman Art Collection)
Crosscurrents at Century's End reflects the diversity of the firm's international contemporary collection, which includes nearly 600 works housed in Neuberger Berman's corporate headquarters in New York and satellite offices in cities across the United States, including Tampa. The collection consists predominately of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and drawings. At Neuberger Berman, art is integrated into the workplace and the daily working environment.
"One of the wonderful aspects of contemporary art is that no one medium or style or school dominates," said Heidi L. Steiger, Executive Vice President and head of the firm's Private Asset Management Group. "Contemporary artists create from what is available to them - in the social and political environment, the circumstances of their lives, and the media they have. This collection represents the incredible diversity of expression that exists in art today."
Neuberger Berman has a history with contemporary art extending more than sixty years. As a young man who loved art, Roy Neuberger had gone to Paris in the 1920's to be a part of the vibrant artistic community there. He thought of becoming an artist but learned that he lacked the talent to be great. Collecting became his passion, and he returned to New York to make his fortune, eventually founding Neuberger Berman in 1939.
Neuberger was a prescient collector of contemporary American art; he was among the first to purchase a Jackson Pollock painting. His firm was among the very first to have contemporary art in the workplace, reflecting his desire to have art in both his work and living environments. By the end of the 1960's he had given works to over 60 art museums and universities. In 1968, he donated the bulk of his collection to what is now known as the Neuberger Museum on the campus of the State University of New York at Purchase.
In 1990, Neuberger Berman decided to set aside funds for the purchase of works by emerging to mid-career artists, with an emphasis on the former. The collecting principle of the program is to acquire stimulating works that reflect various directions emerging in today's art. Thus the collection ranges from fascinating reprises of tradition to phenomena that appear startlingly new. The focus is on the particular work rather than the representation of a movement or direction. The collecting program follows a belief that no a priori restrictions on style or media should dominate. Acquisitions are open-ended as a celebration of contemporary art's diversity - limitations are primarily due to ceiling height and relatively limited space for three-dimensional objects.
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