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The James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art collection, which spans the period from the mid-20th century to the present day, has a particularly strong emphasis on post-World War II American art, including fine examples of Abstract Expressionist painting, Minimalism, and Pop Art.


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Giant Three-Way Plug

Giant Three-Way Plug — Claes Oldenburg, 1970

Before, Again II

Before, Again II — Joan Mitchell, 1985

Welcome to 42nd Street (Victory Theatre)

Welcome to 42nd Street (Victory Theatre) — Richard Estes, 1968

Oranges on a Branch March 14, 1992

Oranges on a Branch March 14, 1992 — Donald Sultan, 1992

The Italians

The Italians — Judy Pfaff, 1979–1985

Many of the important works in these areas were gifts of Detroit collector W. Hawkins Ferry or the museum support group that he founded, the Friends of Modern Art, including signature works by Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol. Post World War II European art is well-represented by important works by Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. Gifts of major private collections of glass by Aviva and Jack A. Robinson and turned wood by Robert M. Bohlen greatly enhanced an already encyclopedic collection of studio craft objects in all media. Acquisition of works by young artists is ongoing and the collection is beginning to incorporate new media such as installation and video art.

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