The Artist’s Choice series began in 1989, when artist Scott Burton was "invited to select, juxtapose, and comment on" works from the Museum’s collection. As then chief curator of Painting and Sculpture Kirk Varnedoe noted, "We have to recognize that a crucial part of the modern tradition is the creative response of artists to the works of their peers and predecessors."

The Artist’s Choice exhibition series is made possible through The Agnes Gund Artist’s Choice Fund endowed by Iara Lee and George Gund III, Lulie and Gordon Gund, Ann and Graham Gund, and Sarah and Geoffrey Gund.