About the Collection

This unparalleled collection of American Modernist art reflects the impact of immigrants on American art – nine of the twenty-two artists represented were born outside the United States.   The collection includes seminal works by Oscar Bluemner, Ralston Crawford, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Morgan Russell, and Max Weber, among others.  In addition to tracing the evolution of individual artists and American Modernism as a whole, the collection also explores developments within the broader movement, including American Cubism, Synchromism, and the impact of the Southwest.  The breadth and depth of the collection is astonishing, comprising paintings, works on paper and sculpture, creating a multifaceted representation of American Modernist art.  A portion of the American Modernist art collection belongs to the Vilcek Foundation and the rest of the collection is a promised gift of Jan T. and Marica Vilcek to the Vilcek Foundation.

A catalogue of the collection, Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection, is available from Merrell Publishers. The book includes an essay by William C. Agee, entries on each work by Lewis Kachur, and an illustrated timeline that explores the connections between New York and New Mexico. The book is prefaced by a collector's statement from Jan and Marica Vilcek and has contributions by The Vilcek Foundation’s Executive Director, Rick Kinsel, and Associate Curator, Emily Schuchardt Navratil. To find a local or online retailer of this book, please visit Merrell Publishers.