Glenstone is contributing nearly 200 images* from their collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection features works that have been displayed in the museum’s exhibitions, as well as its outdoor sculptures, and includes some of the leading modern and contemporary artists.

This selection provides a perspective on “one of the most important collections of postwar art,” as characterized by Earl A. Powell III, Director, National Gallery of Art.1 The collection includes works by Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, as well as Jasper Johns’ 1958 masterpiece, Flag on an Orange Field II. There are also works by prominent contemporary artists Eva Hesse, Sherrie Levine, Bruce Nauman, and Jeff Wall. Glenstone recently mounted a survey of diverse works spanning the career of American artist Roni Horn, preceded by exhibitions on minimalist Fred Sandback, and a show by the prolific Swiss duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Another artist known for her wit, sculptor Katharina Fritsch, is represented here by the piece Händler [Dealer] (2001).

Glenstone, a museum of modern and contemporary art, is integrated into more than 100 acres of gently rolling pasture and unspoiled woodland in Potomac, Maryland. The original museum building, designed by the late Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, opened in 2006 and provides a contemplative setting for experiencing iconic works of art within a landscape shaped by PWP Landscape Architecture. Glenstone is in the process of expanding with a complex designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. The expansion includes a new museum building known as the Pavilions, an arrival hall, entry pavilion, bookstore, and two cafés totaling 240,000 square feet and an additional 100 acres of designed landscape and additional outdoor sculptures. The Pavilions features rooms dedicated to individual artists, including Charles Ray, On Kawara, Brice Marden, and Cy Twombly, who are also part of the Artstor collection.

Guided by the vision of its founders, Mitchell Rales and Emily Wei Rales, Glenstone collects works of the highest quality that trace historical shifts in the way we experience and interpret art. The core of the experience derives from the impetus to merge the expressions of art, architecture, and landscape.

Glenstone’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, installations, and multimedia works and it targets critical moments in an artist’s career. John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, Alighiero e Boetti, Dan Flavin, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Kruger, and Sigmar Polke are among the many artists represented. The outdoor sculptures and installations in the landscape include works by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Andy Goldsworthy, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jeff Koons. The collection is supported by an active acquisitions program.

The selections from Glenstone are being released as part of a thematic launch on contemporary regional museums that also includes: the Mattress Factory, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the Menil Collection, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Phillips Collection.

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library, or learn more at Glenstone collection page.

*Image totals may vary from country to country, reflecting Artstor’s obligation to address the specifics of international copyright.
1 “Like Half the National Gallery in Your Backyard” by Carol Vogel, New York Times, April 18, 2013.