The New York University Art Collection, of which the Grey Art Gallery is now guardian, was founded in 1958 with the acquisition of Francis Picabia's Resonateur (c.1922) and Fritz Glarner's Relational Painting (1949–50). Today the collection (which includes approximately 6,000 objects) is primarily composed of late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century works, ranging from Pablo Picasso's monumental public sculpture Bust of Sylvette to a Joseph Cornell box, Chocolat Menier, from 1952. The collection's particular strength is American painting from the 1940s to the present, with works by such well-known artists as Romare Bearden, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Kenneth Noland, and Ad Reinhardt. European prints are also well represented, with works by Henri Matisse, Joan Mirò, and Picasso, to name a few. A unique part of NYU's holdings is the collection of modern Asian and Middle Eastern art donated by Abby Weed Grey, which includes works by artists from countries ranging from Israel to Japan.

1965.3 Arshile Gorky NYU Art Collection

Arshile Gorky, American, 1904-1948
Study for mural, "Aviation: Evolution of Forms under Aerodynamic Limitations", c.1935-1936
oil on canvas, 30 x 35 inches (76.2 x 88.9 cm.)
Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Gift of May Walter, 1965.3