Built on four main pillars—Asian art, European art, modern art and design, and contemporary art—the collections include recognized masterworks as well as clusters of works that introduce important, though lesser known, areas of art history. Strengths across the collections include figurative art, works on paper, and small-scale sculpture, as well as materials that illuminate artists' working methods and contexts.
This episodic, rather than encyclopedic, approach to collecting serves our core mission of teaching and research, allowing for both deep explorations and unexpected comparisons across aesthetic approaches, eras, and cultures.
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