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Lane Hall and Lisa Moline, Four Corners, 1999. Inkjet print on mylar, 48 x 64 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Museum Purchase Fund.


Coordinates draws upon the museum’s permanent collection to examine the use of number in modern and contemporary art. The word “coordinates” refers to a set of numbers that locates a point on a plane or in space. Its function is determinative. Numbers are for counting, measuring, labeling, coding, and theorizing on reality.

Warrington Colescott, Death in Venice: A Frightful Dream, from the portfolio Death in Venice, 1971. Etching, 12 x 16⅜ inches (image size). Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Museum Purchase, in memory of Lois Hartshorne.

Death in Venice: Warrington Colescott and Thomas Mann

A leading American printmaker and satirist, Warrington Colescott continues the tradition of Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, and Honoré Daumier. Residing in Wisconsin and long-affiliated with the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is widely known for his innovative use of intaglio techniques. In 1970, Aquarius Press (Baltimore, Maryland; New York) invited him to submit a list of texts he might wish to illustrate for a deluxe livre d’artiste—a tradition of matching author and artist that originated in Paris in the late nineteenth century.

Natasha Nicholson, Cabinet of Curiosities, 2000.

Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum

Throughout her career, Natasha Nicholson has intertwined her life with her art, transforming her home into an unconventional space where she constantly experiments with objects, form, and ideas. Like many artists, Nicholson is a consummate collector; she seeks out one-of-a-kind curiosities and artifacts, all of which provide insight into her inspirations, influences, and aesthetic and intellectual obsessions. Although accumulating items for research and study is a common practice among artists, for Nicholson collecting is her practice.