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Selections from the Constance R. Caplan Collection

Edited by Matthew S. Witkovsky; With an essay by Yve-Alain Bois and contributions by staff and alumni of the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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A fascinating gathering of modern and contemporary art that considers artworks from different media as material objects

This book features 31 objects from Constance R. Caplan’s noted collection of 20th- and 21st-century art, including works in a variety of media by artists such as Hans Arp, Lynda Benglis, Liz Deschenes, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. Rather than specialize in one medium, artist, or movement, Caplan has instead assembled paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and examples of decorative art that together capture the full scope of a transformative period in art history. Individual pieces are examined by a diverse group of scholars that includes voices from both the school and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, while Yve-Alain Bois provides a historical overview of the collection’s genesis, with a particular focus on the dialogue among works from different artistic disciplines.

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition Schedule:

The Art Institute of Chicago
(February 22–July 5, 2020)

Matthew S. Witkovsky is Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yve-Alain Bois is professor of art history at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University.


The Art Institute of Chicago
(February 22–July 5, 2020)
ISBN: 9780300250817
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
160 pages, 8 1/4 x 10
72 color + 3 b/w illus.
Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas

Edited by Charles Wylie; With contributions by Yve-Alain Bo

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Robert Rauschenberg

Cardboards and Related Pieces

Yve-Alain Bois; With an introduction by Josef Helfenstein a

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Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life

Early Twentieth-Century European Modernism

Edited by Matthew S.

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Jindrich Heisler

Surrealism under Pressure, 1938-1953

Jindrich Toman and Matthew S. Witkovsky

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Sarah Charlesworth


Matthew S. Witkovsky

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Monet | Kelly

Essays by Yve-Alain Bois and Sarah Lees

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