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Gordon Matta-Clark, <em>Splitting</em>
Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting

Gordon Matta-Clark’s interventions explored modernist architecture and urban decay.

In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg erased a drawing by de Kooning
In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg erased a drawing by de Kooning

When an artist erases another artist's drawing, is it still a drawing, and whose? This work challenges the art definitions and contexts of its time.

Robert Motherwell, <em>Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 57</em>
Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 57

In a series that occupied most of his career, Motherwell addresses the violence of the Spanish Civil War.

Marcel Duchamp, <em>Fountain</em>
Marcel Duchamp, Fountain

This is one of the most important objects of twentieth-century Euro-American visual culture. But… is it art?

Roy Lichtenstein, <em>Rouen Cathedral Set V</em>
Roy Lichtenstein, Rouen Cathedral Set V

How do you make a nineteenth-century masterpiece ask twentieth-century questions?

Jackie Winsor, <em>#1 Rope</em>
Jackie Winsor, #1 Rope

Women’s labor and the passage of time are evoked in this sculpture constructed of organic materials.

Frida Kahlo, <em>Frieda and Diego Rivera</em>​
Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera

Diego is sturdy, solid, unmoving. Frida looks out, quizzically, and with her hand on his, seems to be breaking free.

Anselm Kiefer, <em>Shulamite</em>
Anselm Kiefer, Shulamite

In this canvas, Kiefer transformed architecture meant to honor Nazi heros into a memorial for their victims.