On the Edge 

 Dannheisser Collectionintro
September 30, 1997 - January 20, 1998

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  The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collection, a donation to The Museum of Modern Art, comprises more than eighty provocative paintings, sculptures, video installations, photographs and drawings. The Dannheisser gift, the largest of contemporary work ever to be given to the Museum at one time, highlights modern art's development and richness while considerably expanding the Museum's range of contemporary holdings.

On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collection unveils exceptional work in nearly every medium by thirty-three artists, which include established modern figures along with some of the most radical young artists of the past decade. Notable for its equal representation of both American and European artists, the group of work accentuates connections between parallel artmaking activities on the two continents. Dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, these works document artistic directions that are still in the process of making themselves known.

The collection incorporates a breadth of works which range from the minimalist sculptures of Richard Serra to the austere paintings of Robert Ryman and Brice Marden. The exhibition also includes video, drawings, and installations by Bruce Nauman; photographs by Cindy Sherman; conceptual works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres; and objects by Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, and Matthew Barney. Significant examples of work by Katharina Fritsch and Sigmar Polke are also on view.

This exhibition is supported in part by TDI.

On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collection was organized by Robert Storr, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture. The preceding text was excerpted and paraphrased from the catalogue and press material generated for this exhibition.

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