Taste of the Modern

November 30, 2007
Combine, sublime: Rothko's No. 46 [Black Ochre, Red Over Red]

Combine, sublime: Rothko's No. 46 [Black Ochre, Red Over Red]. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Six works by masters of the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements of the 1950s and 1960s are now on view at the Nasher Museum of Art.

The works, included in the exhibition "Taste of the Modern," are No. 46 [Black, Ochre, Red Over Red], an abstract "sublime" painting by Mark Rothko; Painting with Grey Wing and Slow Fall, "combine" paintings by Robert Rauschenberg; Pie à la Mode and Hamburger with Pickle and Olive, two sculptures by Claes Oldenburg; and Franz Kline's gestural "action painting" Hazelton, named for a town south of his hometown in Pennsylvania.

The works, on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, showcase America's creative energies in abstract expressionism and pop art, says Kim Rorschach, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher. The artists represented are some of the most influential from their respective movements.