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Welcome to the Montclair Art Museum Online Collection

The Montclair Art Museum boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions.

At this time, over 650 works are available for you to view online! We will continue to work to provide virtual access to all of the works in MAM's collection.

How to use this site
This site allows you to search and explore the collection. Below, under Collections, you can view a selection of objects highlighting aspects of the collection, as well as those organized around a particular theme or time period. Above, in the teal bar, you can Search the collection for a particular work of art, explore Advanced Search options, browse by Artists, or even create your own collection in My Collection.
 
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100 Works for 100 Years Voting

The exhibition 100 Works for 100 Years highlights one hundred pieces from MAM’s permanent collection to reflect the Museum's rich cultural history and legacy in its Centennial Year. Which one is your favorite? We invite you to vote! Simply click on the 100 Works for 100 Years collection below, click on your favorite work, and click "Vote for this Artwork." You can also comment on your favorite pieces and submit a write-in votes for works not included in MAM's exhibition! The top ten works will be displayed at MAM at a future date.


The Montclair Art Museum's Online Collection is generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 

Collections

100 Works for 100 YearsTo celebrate its centennial, the Montclair Art Museum is featuring 100 works of American and Native American art from the collection, throughout its galleries and grounds. Identified with special labels, these works in a variety of mediums, ranging in date from the 18th century to the present, have been installed in phases throughout Fall 2013, with all on view as of January 15, 2014, the Museum's official birthday. Works by Asher B. Durand, John Frederick Kensett, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Lorna Simpson, Will Barnet, and many others are featured. For more information about the museum’s history and events during its centennial year, please visit www.montclairartmuseum.org.
18th- and 19th-Century AmericanThe Montclair Art Museum’s distinguished collection of historical 18th- and 19th-century American art originated in the generous gift from co-founder William T. Evans of 54 paintings and two sculptures before his death in 1918. Among the major turn-of-the century artists represented were Daniel Chester French, Theodore Robinson, and Julian Alden Weir, as well as local artists Charles Warren Eaton and Frederick Ballard Williams. The Museum also has particularly fine examples of 18th-century portraiture by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, Joseph Blackburn, and Benjamin West. This tradition is continued in 19th-century examples by Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Sully, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, Lily Martin Spencer, and others. Landscape painting is an especially strong feature of the collection, including superb works by Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Moran, John Frederick Kensett, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, and Ralph Albert Blakelock. American Impressionism is well represented with works by John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, Frederick C. Frieseke, Theodore Robinson, and others. Furthermore, the Museum has one of the finest and most comprehensive collection of works by the great 19th-century landscape painter and Montclair resident George Inness.
Audrey and Norbert Gaelen CollectionCurrently showcased in the Rand Gallery is pottery made in recent decades by Hopi and Pueblo Indian artists of the Southwest. This pottery is from a remarkable collection of almost 100 pieces donated to the Montclair Art Museum recently by notable art collectors Audrey and Norbert Gaelen. Through their generosity, the Museum's Native American art collection has been greatly enhanced with artwork of contemporary Native American artists. Among the many renowned potters represented in the Gaelen's gift are Margaret Tafoya, Nathan Youngblood, Lucy Martin Lewis, Dextra Quotskuyva, and Maria Montoya Martinez.

On a business trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the mid-1970s, the Gaelens became enthralled with the natural beauty of the southwestern landscape and Native American art. After returning many times to Santa Fe, they purchased a second home there. Over the years, they assembled their impressive collection by acquiring pottery from galleries in Santa Fe and surrounding pueblos where they became acquainted with many artists from families of potters.

The art of Hopi and Pueblo pottery making is passed on from generation to generation among families. In many pueblos and Hopi villages with strong pottery traditions, some stretching back more than a thousand years, pottery making families experiment with their own styles and techniques while still maintaining the local pottery tradition. Over time, adaptations of traditional forms and decorations along with some dramatic, personal innovations have created the great diversity of modern Pueblo pottery, which is so evident in this display.
 Art © Lynda Benglis/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Dorothy and Herbert Vogel CollectionSince their marriage in 1962, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel (d. 2012) assembled one of America’s most notable collections of contemporary art, especially drawings. As the adventurous couple began to explore the contemporary art scene, devoting time each weekend to visits to New York artists and galleries, they looked for works that appealed to them personally, and works that they wanted to live with, in their one-bedroom apartment in New York City. Civil servants by profession, Herb and Dorothy had limited funds to invest in their acquisitions, and lived solely on Dorothy’s salary as a librarian while using Herb’s postal worker salary to collect.

Developing close, supportive friendships with artists who were influential for their collecting, the Vogels became captivated by minimal and conceptual art, finding pleasure in works which others found hard to appreciate. Their collection, however, has always encompassed a variety of aesthetic approaches, including abstract expressionism, post-minimalism, and diverse figurative directions.

Since 1991 the Vogels have donated or designated as promised gifts over 1,000 works of art to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Furthermore, the Vogels’ collection has continued to grow, to a size that was too large to be housed in any one institution, which led to the creation of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States project. Through this program, the Vogels have donated a total of 2,500 works by 177 artists to 50 museums, personally chosen by the Vogels with the underlying goal of bringing contemporary artworks to institutions that may not otherwise have been able to acquire them. The Montclair Art Museum was fortunate to be designated the New Jersey recipient of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States.
Founding CollectionEver since opening its doors in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum has been a significant community and national visual arts center. With more than 60,000 visitors a year, the Museum has been unique as a prominent art and educational institution in a suburban locale. During the late 19th-century, the bucolic town of Montclair evolved into a lively community of artists and collectors, including the civic-minded William T. Evans. This prolific collector of American art pledged 36 American paintings for a new gallery in 1909. He was soon supported in his cause by painter and Montclair resident Florence Rand Lang, who made a generous financial commitment to fund the construction of a proper, fireproof museum. Furthermore, a room was to be devoted to the presentation of the Native American art collection assembled by her mother Annie Valentine Rand.

Attended by over 500 people, the Museum’s opening celebration featured a collection of paintings and sculptures by such important artists of the day as Ralph Albert Blakelock, Leon Dabo, Theodore Robinson, Daniel Chester French, and Charles Warren Eaton, a resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey. A loan exhibition of works by sixty local artists was also on view, as well as several hundred Native American artifacts donated by Lang.
George Inness CollectionOn view in the George Inness Gallery, a gift of Frank and Katherine Martucci, are selected works from the Montclair Art Museum's renowned collection of 18 paintings, 2 watercolors, and 1 etching by the artist George Inness. These are occasionally complemented by selected loans. Every important period of Inness's career is represented, from his earliest work of the 1840s to his profoundly original late work, which expresses the artist's belief in the total unity of material and spiritual existence with broadly brushed, indivisible natural elements.

His Life and Career:

George Inness (1825-1894) is universally acclaimed as a grand master of late nineteenth-century painting, regarded by his contemporaries as America's foremost landscape artist. During his last years, Inness was inspired by the natural beauty of Montclair, where he resided from 1885 to 1894.

"As we link Millet with Barbizon, Whistler with Chelsea, so will the name of George Inness indelibly be associated with Montclair. It is here that he painted many of his most highly valued landscapes."—Montclair Times, March 4, 1922
Modern & ContemporaryThe Montclair Art Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art ranges from major works by such early 20th-century artists as George Bellows, Arthur Dove, Elsie Driggs, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Maurice Prendergast, and Joseph Stella, to significant examples by leading contemporary artists Gregory Crewdson, Barbara Kruger, James Siena, Kay WalkingStick, Carrie Mae Weems, and others. A bequest by artist Moses Soyer and his wife, Ida, greatly augmented the modern collection in 1974 with more than one 100 works by Chaim Gross, Raphael Soyer, Ben Shahn, Reginald Marsh, Phillip Evergood, and others. In 1985 the Museum became a major repository for the paintings, drawings, notebooks, and personal papers of Morgan Russell, a cofounder in 1912–13 of Synchromism, the first American modernist art movement, which stressed the potent role of color. Works by Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, William Baziotes, Steve Wheeler, Kenzo Okada, Norman Lewis, Milton Avery, George Rickey, Richard Diebenkorn, and others exemplify the strengths of the Museum’s collection of art of the 1940s and 50s. Highlights of the collection representing the decades of the 1960s through the 80s include works by Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Tony Smith, Josef Albers, Romare Bearden, Dennis Oppenheim, George Segal, Alice Neel, Philip Guston, George McNeil, Melvin Edwards, and Richard Anuskiewicz. In recent years the Museum has demonstrated its growing commitment to contemporary art with the acquisition of works by Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, Ryan McGinley, Alex Prager, Chakaia Booker, Charles Simonds, Vik Muniz, and others. A major gift in 2008 of works from the Herbert and Dorothy Vogel collection greatly augmented the Museum's modern and contemporary holdings with paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Richard Hunt, Richard Tuttle, and many others.
Morgan Russell Archives and CollectionThe Montclair Art Museum is the premier repository for the art and papers of leading American modernist Morgan Russell (1886–1953). Henry M. Reed, a resident of Caldwell, New Jersey, who served on the Museum’s Board and Art Committee from 1985 to 1990, donated this collection in 1985. The Morgan Russell Archives and Collection, which prior to 2005 had never been fully inventoried, consists of thousands of works on paper (in various media from graphite to watercolor); six oil paintings; two rare examples of sculpture; scores of sketchbooks and notebooks; thousands of pages of correspondence; and more than 300 photographs of Russell, his work (including exhibition installations), his family, friends and associates, and his French studio—as well as many additional documents. The collection is a unique record of the complexities of Russell’s aesthetic and intellectual adventures. For instance, well documented is Russell’s development of the first officially declared modern American art movement Synchromism (meaning “with color”), which Russell pioneered in Paris from 1912 to 1914 with fellow expatriate painter Stanton MacDonald-Wright. The wide range of MAM’s Morgan Russell holdings provides compelling evidence of Russell’s mercurial and tireless drive to analyze and record the inner workings of his art, as well as art around the world. The wide range of MAM’s Morgan Russell holdings provides compelling evidence of Russell’s mercurial and tireless drive to analyze and record the inner workings of his art, as well as art around the world. For a comprehensive guide to the collection, please follow this link: https://montclairartmuseum.org/collections-russell.php
Native American CollectionThe Native American collection was initiated by Mrs. Henry Lang, one of the founders of MAM. It represents the cultural development of various peoples from the seven major culture areas in the United States--the Northwest Coast, California, the Southwest, the Plains, the Woodlands, the Southeast, and the Arctic.

With more than 4,000 objects, the collection has particularly distinguished examples of basketry and jewelry. Contemporary artists such as Dan Namingha, Tony Abeyta, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, and Allan Houser are represented as well. Native American artists and artisans are frequent visitors to the Museum, offering talks and demonstrations.
Patricia A. Bell CollectionSince 2002, the collector Patricia A. Bell’s gifts of more than 40 works to MAM over the past decade have been crucial for developing the Museum’s contemporary art collection into a significant reflection of the current art world since the 1990s. . The donations of this former trustee and current member of the Mmuseum’s Art Committee have both shaped and strengthened MAM’s contemporary art. .
collection. . The diverse range of artists whose work is represented among Bell’s gifts include
John Baldessari, Dawoud Bey, Sarah Charlesworth, Chuck Close, Willie Cole, Sharon Core, Gregory
Crewdson, Nan Goldin, Sarah Hobbs, Jasper Johns, Justine Kurland, Louise Lawler, Robert
Rauschenberg, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Alec Soth, Hank
Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jack Whitten. The works in the collection address a variety of concerns shared by many artists today, including themes of racial and cultural difference in American life, issues of gender and sexuality in contemporary society, and the artifice of photography. Bell actively collects art by women, and in particular women photographers.
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