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Material Meanings: Selections from the Constance R. Caplan Collection


Caplan Fullcover Final 1

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2020

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Constance R. Caplan’s noted collection of 20th- and 21st-century art includes works in a variety of media by artists such as Hans Arp, Lynda Benglis, Liz Deschenes, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. Caplan’s assembly of photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and examples of decorative art together capture the full scope of this transformative period in art history. Individual pieces are examined by a diverse group of scholars that includes voices from both the school and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, while Yve-Alain Bois provides a personal reflection on the collection’s genesis, with a particular focus on the dialogue among works in different materials.

Matthew S. Witkovsky
With an essay by Yve-Alain Bois

160 pages, 8 1/4 × 10 in. 
66 color ills.

Hardcover $35 ($31.50 members)
ISBN: 978-0-300-25081-7


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