The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection


May 14 – October 9, 2016

Culled from a private collection in Santa Fe, Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection, examines the relationships between various artworks made in the 20th century. Sometimes connections are made through the formal elements while other times they are forged through subject matter. Often they are emotional and the intersections are reflected in the mood of the work. At times, it seems as if the works were created in tandem and not decades apart.


The special thing that happens when these intersections are made is that new insights are born. We begin to question our own assumptions about art. For example, what is Modern Art? What is Western Art? Traditional thought has held these styles can never meet, when in reality they do, and they do often. In particular we discover that art is boundless—it cannot and should not always be confined to the typical art historical categories. We are reminded that art communicates, and the messaging changes depending on what company it is keeping.


Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection features work by John Baldessari, T.C. Cannon, Maynard Dixon, William Eggleston, Helen Frankenthaler, Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and many more.