Modern Contemporary Art

Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Pair of Nicholas Krushenick Pop Art, Lithographs in Colors, 1965
Pair of Nicholas Krushenick Pop Art, Lithograph...
Nicholas Krushenick
Mid-20th Century American Modern Contemporary Art
By Nicholas Krushenick (1929-1999), one of the forerunners of the pop art movement. Original lithographs in colors on thick wove paper signed on the reverse in pencil and annoted "...
Tree of Life Contemporary Quilt Wall Hanging
Tree of Life Contemporary Quilt Wall Hanging
Bethan Ash
2010s Welsh Modern Contemporary Art
Fabric, Cotton
Bethan ash is a professional quilt maker and teacher with a background in Fashion design. She has exhibited widely and her work has been bought by museums in the UK and USA, includin...
Ice Cold in Alice, Contemporary Quilt Wall Hanging
Ice Cold in Alice, Contemporary Quilt Wall Hanging
Bethan Ash
2010s Welsh Modern Contemporary Art
Fabric
Bethan Ash is a professional quilt maker and teacher with a background in Fashion design. She has exhibited widely and her work has been bought by museums in the UK and USA, includin...
Contemporary Abstract Painting 'King Bali', Oil on Canvas
Contemporary Abstract Painting 'King Bali', Oil...
Early 2000s Indonesian Modern Contemporary Art
Canvas, Paint
Figurative art work with abstract elements, depicting a woman in the foreground and The King of Bali in the background. The painting features muted hues and tones of black, white, gr...
'The Protestinators' Portrait Painting by Alan Fears Pop Art
'The Protestinators' Portrait Painting by Alan ...
Alan Fears
21st Century and Contemporary Modern Contemporary Art
Canvas
Acrylic on canvas by Alan Fears, 2017. Alan Fears (b. 1974) is an emerging British artist who is currently featured in the John Moores Painting prize and the Royal Academy Summer ...
'the Last Sandwich' Portrait Painting by Alan Fears
'the Last Sandwich' Portrait Painting by Alan F...
Alan Fears
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Contemporary Art
Acrylic on canvas by Alan Fears, 2017. Alan Fears (b. 1974) is an emerging British artist who is currently featured in the John Moores Painting prize and the Royal Academy Summer ...
'Hot Dog and a Coke' Portrait Painting by Alan Fears Pop Art
'Hot Dog and a Coke' Portrait Painting by Alan ...
Alan Fears
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Contemporary Art
Canvas, Acrylic
Acrylic on canvas by Alan Fears, 2017. Alan Fears (b. 1974) is an emerging British artist who is currently featured in the John Moores Painting prize and the Royal Academy Summer ...
Mid-Century Modern Pop Art Painting Signed Todd Goldman Women Feminism, 1960s
Mid-Century Modern Pop Art Painting Signed Todd...
Vintage 1960s American Modern Contemporary Art
Paint
For your consideration is a stunning, square painting, with text that says, "Women You Can't Beat Em," signed Todd Goldman. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 36" Sq x 1.5" D...
Contemporary Painting by Di Vincente
Contemporary Painting by Di Vincente
Chris DiVincente
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
1965, NYC A nice modernist painting Oil on canvas with thin wood frame. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, currently living and working in Los Angeles.    
Painting by Hunt Slonem Titled Gouldians III
Hunt Slonem
Vintage 1980s American Modern Paintings
Oil on canvas by Hunt Slonem. Titled Gouldians III. Framed in a 22-karat yellow gold frame. Signed and dated Hunt Slonem '89 on back.  
Large Red and Black Portrait Lithograph by Aaro...
Aaron Fink
Vintage 1980s American Modern Contemporary Art
Paper
A large-scale red and black lithograph by American artist Aaron Fink. The work is titled Portrait. It is signed and dated Aaron F 88. Edition 4/25. Fink's work has been exhibited wi...
Butterflies Silk Scarf Crepe, White Yellow and ...
Sergio Mannino Studio
2010s Italian Modern Contemporary Art
Silk
100% silk scarf (crepe) entirely made in Italy designed by Sergio Mannino Studio. Hermes quality. 120 X 120 cm. 47 X 47 in.
Butterflies Silk Scarf Crepe, Made in Italy
Sergio Mannino Studio
2010s Italian Modern Contemporary Art
Wool, Silk
100% silk scarf (crepe) entirely made in Italy designed by Sergio Mannino Studio. Hermes quality. Measures: 120 x 120 cm. 47 x 47 in.
Butterflies Silk Scarf, Purple, Pink and Aqua, ...
Sergio Mannino Studio
2010s Italian Modern Contemporary Art
Silk
100% silk scarf entirely made in Italy designed by Sergio Mannino Studio. Hermes quality. 120 X 120 cm. 47 X 47 in.
Silk and Wool Unisex Scarf, Gray with Geometric...
Sergio Mannino Studio
2010s Italian Modern Contemporary Art
Wool, Silk
New scarf designed by Sergio Mannino Studio, made in Italy. Digitally printed on 70% wool, 30% silk. Measures: 76 inches by 26 inches.
Contemporary Abstract Relief Sculture Art Piece...
Gary Amerigian
1990s American Modern Contemporary Art
Plaster, Paint
Two large contemporary abstract art pieces remain by California artist, Gary Amerigian. Both pieces are from his Elk series, circa 1996. Oil and mixed-media on board. The three dimen...
Abstract Round Acrylic Canvas Painting Mounted ...
Late 20th Century American Modern Contemporary Art
Canvas, Acrylic, Plexiglass
Awesome untitled round abstract acrylic painting signed by listed artist Ted R. Lownik. This painting is mounted on round smoke gray plexiglass as its framing. Very wonderful and vib...
Abstract Acrylic Painting on Canvas by Javier B...
21st Century and Contemporary Modern Contemporary Art
Known for detail in his paintings, a contemporary abstract acrylic painting on canvas by Madrid artist Javier Barrionuevo, titled Cosmic Plasma 2002.  
Fine Painting, Signed "K.J. Kolding 1976"
Vintage 1970s Danish Modern Contemporary Art
Canvas
Fine painting, signed on the back "K.J. Kolding 1976", oil on canvas.
Andrew Schoultz 'Untitled 'Monument to Darkness...
Early 2000s American Modern Paintings
Paper
Andrew Schoultz (born 1975) 'Untitled (Monument to Darkness I)' mixed-media contemporary collage artwork with acrylic and gouache, created in 2009 and initialled and dated on the low...
Crash 'John Matos' Large Original Watercolor Pa...
John Crash Matos
1990s American Modern Contemporary Art
Paper
An early work by New York famed street artist Crash (John Matos) who is highly regarded as a pioneer of the Graffiti art movement in the 1980s. In 1984 he collaborated with a series ...
Framed Hand-Loomed Jute Weaving, circa 1970
Unknown
Late 20th Century American American Modern Contemporary Art
Jute, Wood
Framed hand-loomed jute weaving, circa 1970, by an unknown San Francisco artist. One of Four Seasons. Lively colors and intricate texture.
Hiroyuki Tajima Limited Edition Abstract Japane...
Hiroyuki Tajima
Vintage 1970s Japanese Modern Prints
Paper
A gorgeous, luminous and sumptuously colored woodblock print by Japanese artist Hiroyuki Tajima titled "Rusty Memory." Tajima is famed for his use of rich, dark colors and striking a...
Peter Buchman "Pardon My French", Enamel on Woo...
Peter Buchman
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
Enamel, Plexiglass, Wood
Contemporary artist Peter Buchman's Pardon My French is made of laser cut plexiglass, acrylic medium and enamel on wood. Peter's sketchbooks are filled with his writings, his notes, ...
"Concrete" Art Painting, Signed by Vilhelm Chri...
20th Century Danish Modern Contemporary Art
Paint
"Concrete" art painting, signed by Vilhelm Christian Serber.
Contemporary Tapestry Weaving by the Danish Art...
Mette Birckner
Vintage 1980s Danish Modern Tapestries
Wool, Linen
Contemporary tapestry weaving by the Danish artist Mette Birckner. Title: "Greenland landscapes". Handwoven in linen and wool. Excellent condition. Measures: W 92 cm, H 122 cm. ...
Carlos Cruz-Diez Inducción Cromática a doble fr...
Carlos Cruz-Diez
2010s Spanish Modern Contemporary Art
Paper
Carlos Cruz-Diez Inducción Cromática a doble frecuencia 2013 Edition 40 hand signed. Dimensions: 60 x 60 cm (each) In good original condition, with minor wear consistent w...
Modern Archival Giclee Art Print by 17 Patterns
2010s British Modern Prints
Paper
Tile: Nebulous Navy Artist: 17 Patterns with Artists Nosca Inc & Paris Description: Archival Giclee Art Print on German Etch 310gsm Paper Colour: Navy Size: 90 x 90cm Edition: ...
Contemporary Abstract Expressionism Painting 'D...
Early 2000s Indonesian Modern Paintings
Canvas, Paint
Abstract impressionistic art work depicting two faces in muted hues and tones of black, white, grey and beige. The painting also features the two characteristic birds which are compo...
Signed & Numbered James Rosenquist, Number Whee...
James Rosenquist
Late 20th Century American Modern Prints
Other
Aquatint etching with pochoir, edition 19 of 78. Signed and dated in pencil L/R, numbered and titled in pencil L/L. Published by Multiples, Inc., New York, New York. Retains...
Lee Krasner, Embrace, A.P. Print (Krasner inscr...
Lee Krasner
Mid-20th Century American Modern Prints
Other
Lenore Krasner, "Lee" Krasner (1908–1984), was an American abstract Expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. Known mainly during her art career for her relations...
"Pony Up", Small Oil Painting on Artist's Board...
Sandra Eames
2010s American Modern Paintings
Paint
This charming 8" x 8" oil painting portrait of a Vermont pony, is painted on an artist's canvas board and is mounted in a contemporary 2.24" golden frame. It is signed on the lower l...
Abstract Painting by Ryu Okabayashi, 1989
Vintage 1980s American Modern Contemporary Art
A large 66 x 66 abstract by listed, noted artist Ryu Okabayashi, 1989. Purchased from the Earl McGrath Gallery in Los Angeles for a prestigious Palm Springs residence. Heavily textur...
Abstract Impressionism Oil Painting on Canvas
Mehdi Ghadimi
20th Century American American Modern Paintings
Canvas, Oil
Medium size oil painting on canvas, although this is not from Mid-Century, the idea for this abstract impressionism image was, please also visit sjulian.1stdibs. to see more of our c...
Mountain View at the Provence Painting
Hans Butzelaar
Early 2000s Dutch Modern Contemporary Art
Oil
Mountain view at the Provence, handmade painting by Hans Butzelaar, Netherlands. Oil on panel with stunning colors. A subdued color palette characterizes his work. Hans Butzelaar, b...
Large Blue Abstract Geometric Painting, Blue Co...
rebecca ruoff
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
Acrylic, Wood
Fantastic modern abstract geometric work titled "Blue Color Study II" 2017, tempera on framed board.
Ceramic and Mixed-Media Vase Collage Wall Hangi...
Alison Owen
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
Ceramic
This ceramic and mixed-media vase collage by Alison Owen is a playful yet elegant wall piece made from thin slabs of white stoneware paper clay and mixed-media. The piece is layered ...
Oil on Canvas titled "The Space Between" 2018 b...
Corinne Robbins
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
Paint
Abstract landscape painting by Corinne Robbins, 2018. Oil on canvas made with palette knife, oil paint on canvas. Signed and dated on verso.
Abstract Dark Blue Multi Metallic Painting Titl...
rebecca ruoff
2010s American Modern Paintings
Acrylic
Beautiful abstract dark blue metallic painting inspired by Chinese Empress Wu Zetian, 2018.
Contemporary Vibrant Abstract Painting Titled "...
rebecca ruoff
2010s American Modern Contemporary Art
Canvas, Acrylic
Beautiful vibrant yellow abstract painting, acrylic on canvas, 2018.
Abstract Light Blue Painting Titled Sea Glass b...
rebecca ruoff
2010s American Modern Paintings
Acrylic
Beautiful abstract blue painting inspired by ocean washed blue glass by American artist Rebecca Ruoff, 2018.
Painting, by Jenna Snyder-Phillips
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Paintings
Lacquer, Archival Paper
Beautiful nude by Jenna Snyder-Phillips. Sumi ink, charcoal and lacquer. Artist is educated in Italy and USA. 100% archive cotton paper. The painting is 15 inches by 20 inches and t...
Steve Schapiro Iconic Silver Gelatin Print "Thr...
Steve Schapiro
20th Century American Modern Photography
A historic and iconic, richly toned, silver gelatin print/ image by prolific and renowned photographer Steve Schapiro. Perhaps his most famous image. Signed, stamped and titled (...
Neraldo de la Paz Pink Abstract Nude Oil on Can...
Neraldo de la Paz
20th Century Modern Paintings
Canvas, Wood
"All Washed Up." A large signed oil on canvas abstract nude by Cuban born artist Neraldo de la Paz, circa 1984. Artist has painted custom frame in a tiger print. The artist is half ...
Kintsugi Study Triptych: Ceramic Panels Repaire...
TJ Volonis
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
Sterling Silver, Ceramic, Lacquer
Title: Kintsugi Study, #12 (Kazan - volcano), Kintsugi Study, #13 (Fields and Valley), Kinstugi Study, #11 (Crossroads) Year: 2015 Each 23.5-inch square reclaimed ceramic panel has...
Ceramic and Mixed-Media Vase Collage Wall Hangi...
Alison Owen
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
Ceramic
This ceramic and mixed-media vase collage by Alison Owen is a playful yet elegant wall piece made from thin slabs of white stoneware paper clay and mixed-media. The piece is layered ...
Robert Longo, "Wave" Silkscreen on Paper
Robert Longo
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Contemporary Art
A silkscreen by Robert Longo titled "Wave," 2003, part of the "Monsters" series, Full sheet with deckled edge. 15.5" x 40", pencil signed, dated and numbered, edition of 108. Framed ...
Robert Mangold, Untitled 'Red/Gray Zone', 1997
Robert Mangold
1990s American Modern Contemporary Art
Paper
Untitled (Red/Gray Zone), 1997 screen-print in colors, on somerset paper, with full margins signed and numbered published by Lincoln Center List Poster and Print Program, New York, ...
'Tony on Maraca' Family Portrait Painting by Al...
Alan Fears
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Paintings
Acrylic on canvas by Alan Fears, 2017. Alan Fears (b. 1974) is an emerging British artist who is currently featured in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018. 'A naive artist, a g...
'The Riding Instructor' Portrait Painting by Al...
Alan Fears
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Contemporary Art
Acrylic on canvas by Alan Fears, 2017. Alan Fears (b. 1974) is an emerging British artist who is currently featured in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018. 'A naive artist, a g...
'The Leaving Party' Portrait Painting by Alan F...
Alan Fears
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Contemporary Art
Acrylic on canvas by Alan Fears, 2017. Alan Fears (b. 1974) is an emerging British artist who is currently featured in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018. 'A naive artist, a g...
Helen Bennet, Ensemble by Bergdorf Goodman, Jew...
Horst P. Horst
Vintage 1930s German Modern Photography
Helen Bennet, ensemble by Bergdorf Goodman, Jewellery by Olga Tritt, 1939 by Horst P. Horst Archival Pigment Print Image size: 53.1 in. H x 40.6 in. W Sheet size: 63.4 in. H x 50 ...

Soleil Rouge

By Peter Keil
Soleil Rouge
Peter Keil
Vintage 1970s Spanish Modern Contemporary Art
Oil
Graffiti chic.
Monumental Densaburou Oku Sculpture
Vintage 1980s American Modern Animal Sculptures
Metal
Monumental sandblasted milk glass sculpture from the Fish Series by Densaburou Oku (Japanese/American, b. 1945). Provenance: Habatat Galleries, Bloomfield Hills, MI Rago Arts, Lot 11...
North African Tribal Khozema Rug Modern Morocca...
Berber Tribes of Morocco
2010s Moroccan Modern Moroccan and North African Rugs
Cotton
This tribal hand-knotted rug was made by a woman in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. She upcyled textiles from skirts and wedding dresses. These are cut into small pieces and knotted in...
Surfers Dream
2010s American Modern Contemporary Art
Wood
Surfers dream is hand-painted on red oak with a pine box. The surfer is silk screened. Inside any ocean lovers mind is a vision. I close my eyes and dream of the sea, this is my vis...
Seascape
2010s American Modern Contemporary Art
Wood
Seascape, hand-painted on red oak with a pine box. Inside any ocean lovers mind is a vision. I close my eyes and dream of the sea, this is my vision. Handmade by Bobby Gilanyi. Me...
Grand Wall Sculpture Modern Design
Early 2000s Italian Modern Abstract Sculptures
Grand, mythological and mystical wall fiberglass sculpture: outstanding by its huge dimensions but also its incredible lightness.
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