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Collected Visions

Modern and Contemporary Works from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

October 27 - January 6, 2007

The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection is one of the oldest and most extensive corporate collections in the world. The Art Collection began in 1959 when David Rockefeller, then president of The Chase Manhattan Bank, established the firm’s art program and took the lead in the field of corporate art collecting. By integrating artwork within the architecture of new buildings and incorporating an enlightened approach to acquisitions, this forerunner of corporate collections became a model for other companies worldwide.

Guiding the firm was the original Chase Art Committee, which included Alfred Barr and Dorothy Miller (The Museum of Modern Art); James Johnson Sweeney (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum); Robert Hale (The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Perry Rathbone, (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and Gordon Bunshaft (SOM). This legendary group of leading museum directors and curators developed a programmatic approach to the purchase, display, educational uses and stewardship of the firm’s Collection which paralleled that of American modern art museums of the mid 20th century.

Collected Visions marked the first time a survey of the Collection’s modern and contemporary art has been assembled for an international audience. Curated by current Director of the Art Collection, Lisa K. Erf, the exhibition featured 70 signature works from many of the most important established artists of the 20th century and recent acquisitions by artists emerging in the 21st century.

Artists: Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Howard Bearden, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero e Boetti, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Christo, Tony Cragg, Amy Cutler, Jean Dubuffet, Dan Flavin, Gilbert and George, Tomoo Gokita,  Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Adolph Gottlieb, Diana Guerrero-Macia, Zaha Hadid, Keith Harring, Mary Heilmann, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jenny Holzer, Huang Yong Ping, Alfred Jensen, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Zilvinas Kempinas, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Lawler, Roy Lichtenstein, Maya Ying Lin, Brice Marden, Marilyn Minter, Robert Motherwell, Vik Muniz, Bruce Nauman, Louise Nevelson, Gabriel Orozco, Nam Jun Paik, Richard Prince, Markus Raetz, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Saul Steinberg, Thomas Struth, Do-Ho Suh, Mark Tansey, Antoni Tapies, Canan Tolon, Lucrecia Troncoso, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner

Exhibition Catalogue

Collected Visions

Collected Visions

The JP Morgan Chase Art Collection is one of the oldest and most extensive corporate collections in the world. The Art Collection began in 1959 when David Rockefeller, then president of the Chase...

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Félix Ziem is accepted as one of the well-known artists of the romantic landscape painting, and has been followed closely by art lovers and collectors of all periods since. He had a profound influence on generations of artists after him, and was the first artist whose works were acquired by the Louvre while he was still alive.

Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

How can the future be imagined by looking at a collection or an archive? The lasting quality of ceramics allows us to ponder how the future might be remembered through a ceramics collection, since they render conceivable time eternal.

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Memory Building Memories / Memory Room / Memento Mori

Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.