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Contemporary Art

The Monterey Museum of Art’s contemporary art holdings span the period from 1945 to the present. The collection includes paintings and works on paper.  It includes works by painters such as George Abend and Felix Ruvolo—key figures in the The San Francisco Bay Area abstract expressionism movement, as well as works by Bay Area Figurative School artists, including Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Roland Petersen and Joan Savo.  The Museum’s formidable collection of postwar and contemporary prints includes Henri Matisse’s Jazz portfolio as well as notable works by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí,  American artists in the prints collection include Alexander Calder, Ilya Bolotowsky, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist and Wayne Thiebaud.