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Nephrodium Dicompositum
Nephrodium Dicompositum, 1997
Philip Taaffe, American
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The Museum’s collection of contemporary art on paper has been growing actively since 1979, when the Philadelphia-based art supply company the Hunt Manufacturing Co. (later the Hunt Corporation) began to fund a series of grants for the Museum to purchase "cutting edge" works of art on paper, which were shown at the Museum in two successive exhibitions in 1988 and 1996.

Since the Hunt grant program was discontinued in 2001, purchases and gifts of contemporary art on paper have not abated, thanks to the generosity of individual donors.