Alfred Jensen1903-1981

Montclair Art Museum
Montclair, NJ

$10,000 toward the acquisition of The Substance out of Which the Universe is Made, 1978, by the painter for the museum’s permanent collection, overseen by museum director Patterson Sims and curator Gail Stavitsky. Born and raised in Guatemala, Jensen traveled abroad at a young age before arriving in New York in the 1940s. Initially a participant in abstract expressionism, Jensen went on to create densely packed checkerboard-like compositions that mapped complex number, symbol, and word systems inspired by early civilizations.