American Metal presents a retrospective survey of the art of Albert Paley, one of the world’s most distinguished metalsmiths. Spanning his remarkable 50-year career, the exhibition traces his work as a jeweller and progresses through his recent, large-scale sculptural projects to reveal the artist’s unique place in American art.
American Journeys—Visions of Place is a new installation of the Corcoran's renowned pre-1945 American paintings and sculpture collection that conveys the changing notion of place in the history of American art. Featuring more paintings—approximately 110—than have ever been on view in the galleries of historic American art, and for the first time in over a decade integrating paintings and sculpture for a total of approximately 125 works on view, the reinstallation reflects the Corcoran's commitment to American art.
Installed in the Atrium are six ideal busts, four of which belonged to Washington, D.C., banker and philanthropist William Wilson Corcoran (1798–1888), founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, whose portrait bust by William H. Rinehart appears nearby.
The new permanent collection installation highlights the strengths of the modern and contemporary art holdings. These galleries provide a sense of the breadth of practice and the range of ideas that animate postwar and contemporary art. Major works are presented by Lee Bontecou, William Christenberry, Robert Colescott, Rob Fischer, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear, Sean Scully, Jessica Stockholder, Anne Truitt, Andy Warhol, and others.
With the acquisition of William A. Clark’s collection in 1926, the Corcoran’s role in the study of European art improved dramatically in quality and prominence. While small and eclectic by contemporary museum standards, the European collection now represents a wide range of historic and aesthetic ideas and styles, making it ideal for teaching