Contemporary Art

Museums Collect: Top 8 Recent Acquisitions

From Left to Right: Diana Al-Hadid, The Candle Clock in the Citadel, 2017. Modified polymer gypsum, fiberglass, brass, copper, steel, concrete, polyurethane foam, plaster, metal leaf, and pigment; Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation; Diana Al-Hadid, South East North West, 2017. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, copper leaf, painter's tape, and pigment; Gift of Lipman Family Foundation; The Propeller Group, Antique Earth Satellite, 2016. Wood; Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Acquisitions Committee.

Global Contemporary at the San Jose Museum of Art

The San Jose Museum of Art recently acquired three works by major international artists: two works by Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid, the 117-inch tall free-standing sculpture The Candle Clock in the Citadel (2017) and the two paneled South East North West (2017), as well as a sculpture by the Vietnam-based art collective The Propeller Group titled Antique Earth Satellite (2016). The two Al-Hadid artworks are the first to enter SJMA’s permanent collection. The acquisition was made possible by a gift from The Lipman Family Foundation.

John Houck, Lateral Primary, 2017, Archival pigment print, Framed: 53 5/8 x 42 5/8 inches 136.2 x 108.3 cm, Edition of 2

A Second Houck for the Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has acquired John Houck’s Lateral Primary (2017), the second work by Houck to enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. This acquisition was purchased with funds contributed by The Photography Council, 2018.

Donald Moffett’s Lot 043017 (multiflora, radiant blue) (2017)

Donald Moffett Joins Infinite Blue in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Museum in New York has acquired Donald Moffett’s Lot 043017 (multiflora, radiant blue) (2017). Currently on view as part of the exhibition Infinite Blue which features blue in all its variety, dating from the ancient times to the present, this is the first work by Moffett to enter the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection.

DePaul Art Museum

The DePaul Art Museum Breaks the Mold

William J. O’Brien’s Night Path is currently on view at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago as part of its new exhibition series DPAM Collects: Happy Little Trees and Other Recent Acquisitions, which showcases newly acquired works by the museum. On view through August 5th, the exhibition is the first of the series to mark the public introduction to DPAM’s new collecting vision, which focuses on expanding the art historical standard through the acquisition and presentation of works by women artists, artists of color and LGBTQ artists.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’s Couch For A Long Time (2009)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins' Couch for SFMoMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired Jessica Jackson Hutchins’s Couch For a Long Time (2009), a work that is currently on view as part of the exhibition Nothing Stable under Heaven, on view through September 16th. The exhibition reflects on the disputed past, the turbulent present and the unpredictable future, examining how individual and collective voices can be heard in an uncertain world.

The Mississippi Museum of Art

The Art of Mississippi

The Mississippi Museum of Art has acquired several new works to add to its permanent collection. Among the acquisitions are Benny Andrews’s Mississippi River Bank (2005), McArthur Binion’s DNA: Black Painting: IV (2015), Jeffrey Gibson’s Sharecropper (2015) and Noah Saterstrom’s Road to Shubuta (2016) all currently on view in “Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise” through July 8. Other acquisitions include pieces by Toyin Ojih Odutola, Titus Kaphar, Glenn Ligon, Deborah Luster and Hank Willis Thomas, whose work Flying Geese (2012) is also on view through July 8 in the William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery.

Alice Neel, Julie and the Doll, 1943. Oil on canvas. Collection of the McNay Art Museum © Estate of Alice Neel

Portraits of Our Time at the McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio recently announced a major acquisition of a portrait by Alice Neel. Julie and the Doll (1943) depicts a slight Hispanic girl with large brown eyes cradling a blond, blue-eyed doll as she looks beyond the viewer, illustrating the racial divide experienced daily by the residents of New York City’s Spanish Harlem, an uptown neighborhood the artist called home for twenty-four years. The McNay purchased the portrait from Victoria Miro Gallery with funds provided by the Ralph A. Anderson Jr. Memorial Fund and the Alvin Whitley Estate. The work comes directly from the Estate of Alice Neel.

Master of Sigena (Spanish, active c. 1510–1520), Adoration of the Magi. Oil on wood panel. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Museum purchase with funds from The Meadows Foundation, with additional support provided by Susan Heldt Albritton, Gwen and Richard Irwin, and Catherine Blaffer Taylor; MM.2018.06. Photo by Kevin Todora

Renaissance Painting at the Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum in Dallas announced a couple of days ago the acquisition of an early Renaissance oil painting by the artist known as the Master of Sigena, Adoration of the Magi (c. 1519). The painting is one of 16 extant panels originating from the monumental altarpiece at the Real Monasterio de Santa María de Sigena (Huesca) which was dismantled in the 18th century, sections of which are now held in other collections such as the Museo Nacional del Prado, the Museo Provincial de Huesca, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (MNAC), the Museo Diocesano de Lleida, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Zaragoza, and the Museo de Santa Cruz in Toledo. Appearing recently on the market in Switzerland, where it was catalogued as the work of an anonymous Italian painter, subsequent research and technical analysis of the painting revealed it to be the work of the Master of Sigena, the artist commissioned to create the Aragonese monastery’s retablo mayor in the 16th century.

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