Elements of the Natural: 1950–1992

May 7–Sep 8, 1998


Jim Dine. A Tree that Shatters the Dancing. 1980. Synthetic polymer paint, synthetic polymer spray paint, charcoal and pastel on cut-and-pasted paper. 56 1/8 × 5 1/8ʺ (143.4 × 127.5 cm) (irreg). Gift of Nancy and Jim Dine in memory of Myron Orlofsky. © 2016 Jim Dine / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Drawn from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition demonstrates the profound and continuing connection between nature and the modern and contemporary artists. It focuses first on the 1950s, when many artists, such as Helen Frankenthaler and Tony Smith, returned to nature for inspiration; continues with the work of Jean Dubuffet and Agnes Martin; and ends with the 1990s work of Anish Kapoor and John Cage.


  • Elements of the natural, 1950-1992 : selections from the drawing collection, the Museum of Modern Art, May 7-August 25, 1998 Out of print, 8 pages
  • Master checklist 6 pages


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