Works on Paper: American Art 1945-1975 at the Western Washington University

Works on Paper: American Art 1945 – 1975

“Works on Paper: American Art 1945 – 1975” is the first of the Washington Art Consortium’s four distinct and complementary collections. This selection of post-war American art was assembled in 1975 and 1976 by Consortium founder Virginia Wright and gallerist Richard Bellamy. “Works on Paper” consists of 97 works by 48 artists, including Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol.

The inaugural exhibition of “Works on Paper” took place at the Tacoma Art Museum in January 1977, and from 1978 to 1980 the collection toured the United States under the auspices of the American Federation of the Arts. Since that time, individual works have been loaned to major national and international exhibitions.

Funding for the collection was provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Wright Fund.