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"Embracing the Present: The UBS Art Collection"
2003-12-08 until 2003-02-01
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Paintings, sculpture and photographs by some of the most prominent American and European artists of the last four decades will be featured in Embracing the Present: The UBS Art Collection. This traveling exhibition showcases 59 works from the outstanding UBS corporate art collection, primarily from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, that embrace a wide range of styles and offer a compelling look at contemporary art. It features work by such celebrated artists as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Eric Fischl, Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Thomas Struth, and Cindy Sherman. Seventeen of the works in the exhibition are from the group of 37 that UBS, a financial services corporation, gave to New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2002.

This exhibition has been organized by the Portland Art Museum and is made possible by UBS. One of the foremost collections of contemporary art in the United States, The UBS Art Collection, formerly The PaineWebber Art Collection, began in 1971 with a selection of contemporary prints, including works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein. Since then, it has blossomed to include more than 900 paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures by major artists of the post-World War II era.

"Our presentation of these important works adds to the growing enthusiasm for contemporary art at Phoenix Art Museum and the tremendous momentum in its acquisition activities," said Brady Roberts, Phoenix Art Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art. "Many of the stellar artists included in the UBS collection now also have a home in the Museum’s burgeoning contemporary collection, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Thomas Struth, Edward Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman."

"The UBS Art Collection serves as a constant reminder of the value of creativity, innovation, and inspired action -- qualities that are integral to success in the financial arena," said Mark B. Sutton, president and chief operating officer of UBS Wealth Management USA. "UBS embraces the vision that The Collection is a treasure to be shared with the people of Phoenix, and we are pleased to support the Phoenix Art Museum in making this possible."

Roy Lichtenstein, American,
Post Visual, 1993,
Oil and magna on canvas,
96 x 80 inches
Copyright Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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