Contemporary Art

The Delaware Art Museum’s contemporary collection of American art surveys artistic trends from the second half of the 20th century through the present. Additionally, the DelArt collection pays special attention to presenting contemporary art from our vibrant community.

Fine examples of paintings and sculptures by Edna Andrade, Jim Dine, Felrath Hines, Robert Indiana, Elizabeth Osborne, and Anne Truitt show the diverse ways in which artists responded to the myth and drama of Abstract Expressionism. In 2008, the Museum was the recipient of a major gift from The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States program. Comprised of 50 works of art by artists such as Lynda Benglis, Robert Mangold, and Richard Tuttle, the gift of conceptual and minimal art strengthened the Museum’s ability to tell the story of American art in the 1960s and 1970s.

With the approach of the 21st century came a renewed commitment to enhance the strengths of the Museum. Contemporary American artists concerned with identity and politics in the 1980s, such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Deborah Butterfield, Robert Colescott, Melvin Edwards, Faith Ringgold, and Joyce Scott, began to share the spotlight in the increasingly inclusive Museum collection. At the same time, the Museum’s continued commitment to represent experimentations in the field of craft introduced acquisitions of works of art by Wendell Castle, Dale Chihuly, and Toshiko Takaezu.

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Layered Abstraction: Margo Allman and Helen Mason

This survey of two important local artists features stunning images of their work as well as contributions from those familiar with their art. 66 pp., $30.00

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art by E. Carmen Ramos

An overview of contemporary Latinx art, as seen at the Museum in 2016. 366 pp., $39.95

Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook

The Sourcebook, compiled by Simone Austin, is a collection of documents, photos, and writing that shed light on Wilmington's history during the Civil Rights movement. 248 pp., $78.50