50 Paintings


Eddie Martinez, Untitled (detail), 2020.

Acrylic and oil on panel. 30 × 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo by JSP Art Photograph


  • November 17, 2023–June 23, 2024

  • Bradley Family Gallery

  • Free for Members

  • Included with admission

The landmark survey 50 Paintings features works created within the last five years by 50 international artists, highlighting the artistic trends in practice today. With paintings by artists including Amy Sherald, Cinga Samson, GaHee Park, Nicole Eisenman, Cecily Brown, and Peter Barrickman, the exhibition celebrates the medium’s continued relevance and aesthetic range, and invites visitors to engage in close looking and formulate their own assessments of trends in contemporary painting.

The 50 works presented in the exhibition demonstrate myriad approaches to the medium. Painting—as a form, a language, a practice—is the focus, and the survey format underscores the many concepts and strategies present-day artists employ. 50 Paintings offers visitors 50 distinct opportunities to experience this traditional art form shaped by the imaginations of artists influencing the direction of painting today.

50 Paintings was co-curated by Margaret Andera, senior curator of contemporary art, and Michelle Grabner, artist, curator, and Crown Family Professor of Art and Chair of Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Leadership Sponsors

  • Miriam Van de Sype and Flavius Cucu

Supporting Sponsors

  • Mary Allmon, Marietta Investment Partners
  • McKenzie and Jason Edmonds

  • Tony and Sue Krausen

  • Elizabeth Levins and Herbert Zien

  • Kristin and John Sheehan

The Milwaukee Art Museum extends its sincere thanks to the 2023 Visionaries.

  • Mark and Debbie Attanasio

  • Donna and Donald Baumgartner

  • Murph Burke

  • Joel and Caran Quadracci

  • Sue and Bud Selig

  • Jeff and Gail Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation