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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

SAM’s New Acquisitions

posted by on April 23 at 13:47 PM

Starting today, Seattle Art Museum will announce its acquisitions on a quarterly basis, meaning you’ll get a regular sense of what’s coming into the collection. Here are a few images, with info and background on the jump.

Paul Manship

Joseph Goldberg

Adrian Paci

I’m not drooling at the thought of seeing any of those, although Goldberg often knocks me for a loop when I stand in front of his abstractions.

As for the rest of the list (below), the highlights are: a collection of “small objects by well-known contemporary artists during signature moments of their careers” gifted by the Dootsons, including art by Lynda Benglis, Philip Guston, Frank Stella, Mark Tansey, and Warho; a simple Jonathan Monk installation called The Sound of Music (A record with the sound of its own making), which references one of SAM’s signature holdings, Robert Morris’s Box with the Sound of Its Own Making; and three pieces by the obscure but influential German artist Thomas Bayrle.

One more thing: The round of acquisitions before this one (the committee meets quarterly, hence the timing) included Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling’s Bird in Space, another cross-reference within the SAM collection (which has a promised gift of a Brancusi Bird in Space coming to it by the Shirleys). Here’s how the Power Plant in Toronto describes Starling’s “bird”:

Bird in Space (2004) refers to Marcel Duchamp’s* importation of Brancusi’s Bird in Space to the United States in 1927, when customs deemed it not art and imposed an import tax. Starling’s work uses a large block of steel exported to the US from Romania, Brancusi’s homeland, shortly after George Bush dropped tariffs designed to protect the US steel industry.

*SAM’s collections coordinator tells me that the Power Plant is wrong; it was Edward Steichen and not Marcel Duchamp who did the importing in question.

In the gallery, the insanely heavy piece of steel rests on inflated cushions (“in space”).

The last round of acquisitions (while we’re catching up) also included Seattle painter Joseph Park’s portrait of SAM donor Susan Brotman (another internal SAM reference to a Warhol portrait of SAM donor Jane Lang); an 8-by-5 1/2-foot stainless steel sculpture by late kinetic abstractionist George Rickey; and, from the Brotmans, a collage-painting-drawing on paper (maybe a sculpture someday, Mr. and Mrs. Brotman?) by thrilling young LA artist Aaron Curry.

And now for this spring’s list:

Spear Thrower, 1921
Paul Manship
American, 1885-1966
Cast by Roman Bronze Works, New York
Sculpture: Bronze; 20 x 31 x 7 5/8 in.; cast no. 12 of 12 casts
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Art Acquisition Fund, the Art
Acquisition Fund and the American Art Acquisition Fund

Bliss, 1995
Gloria Bornstein
American, born 1937
Drawing: Pencil and gouache on paper; 20 x 20 in.
Gift of Vicki Halper

Blue Compass, 2007
Joseph Goldberg
American, born 1947
Painting: Encaustic over panel; 36 x 30 in.
Gift of Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom

Ascension, 1942
Maude Kerns
American, 1876-1965
Painting: Oil on canvas; 25 x 17 in.
Gift of Leslie Brockelbank

Stalin (Brown Version), 1970
Thomas Bayrle
German, born 1937
Print: Silkscreen on paper, edition 1/20; 33 x 24 in.
Modern Art Acquisition Fund

Mr. Big, 1971
Thomas Bayrle
German, born 1937
Print: Silkscreen on paper, proof 2/2; 30 x 24 in.
Modern Art Acquisition Fund

Halle, 1982
Thomas Bayrle
German, born 1937
Collage: Photographic collage on cardboard; 30 x 41 in.
Promised gift of Susan and Jeffrey Brotman

Home to Go, 2001
Adrian Paci
Albanian, born 1969
Sculpture: Plaster, marble dust, wood, tiles and rope, edition 5/5; 65 x 35 3/8 x 47 in.
Gift of the Contemporary Collectors Forum

The Sound of Music (A record with the sound of its own making*), 2007
Jonathan Monk
American, born 1969
Installation: 33 rpm record, silkscreen print on paper, and black and white photograph, edition 5/50; record and sleeve: 12 x 12 in.; photograph: 12 x 12 in.
Gift of Virginia and Bagley Wright

Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XLIV, 2007
John Stezaker
British, born 1949
Collage: Photographs; 11 x 8.3 in.
Contemporary Art Support Fund

A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
Promised gifts of the Robert B. and Honey Dootson Collection, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum

The following are from the Dootson Collection:

Tito, 1984
John Ahearn
American, b. 1951
Sculpture: Painted sculptural relief, cast plaster; 47 1/8 x 47 1/8 x 10 1/2 in.

View from the Other Side of the Mountain, 1985
Roger Brown
American, 1941-1997
Paintings: Oil on canvas; 48 x 72 in.

Untitled, 1969
Lynda Benglis
American, born 1941
Paintings: Wax with pigment suspended in it on masonite; 29 x 5 in.

In a Young Forest, 1988
Mark Innerst
American, born 1957
Paintings: Acrylic on board; 17 1/2 x 13 in.

Untitled (wedge), 1960’s
Peter Alexander
American, born 1939
Sculpture: Acrylic; dimensions TBD

Brick Punch, ND
Robert Arneson
American, 1930-1992
Sculpture: Earthenware and glazes; 9 x 10 x 3 in.

Untitled 2,819,107, 1981
Jonathan Borofsky
American, born 1942
Drawings and Watercolors: Medium TBD; dimensions TBD

Stripe Necktie, 1960’s
Jim Dine
American, born 1935
Drawings and Watercolors: Colored pencil on paper; overall, 10 x 8 in.

July IV, ND
Viola Frey
American, 1933 - 2004
Artwork: Medium TBD; dimensions TBD

Untitled, 1968
Philip Guston
American, 1913-1980
Paintings: Oil on canvas; overall, 24 x 24 in.

Ideas for Zanzibar with Dancer, early 1980’s
David Hockney
English, born 1937
Drawings and Watercolors: Pastel on paper; 20 x 30 in.

60th Studio Drafting School, ND
Norman Lundin
American, born 1938
Artwork: Medium TBD; dimensions TBD

Citta Dei Gitani, 1986
Mimmo Paladino
Italian, born 1948
Drawings and Watercolors: Medium TBD; 30 x 40 in.

Portrait of Jill as the Very Exquisite and Dangerous Black Diamond, 1960’s
Frank Stella
American, born 1936
Drawings and Watercolors: Graphite on paper; 4 x 3 in.

The Myth of Depth, 1980’s
Mark Tansey
American, born 1949
Artwork: Medium TBD: dimensions TBD

Paste Up for Banana, ND
Andy Warhol
American, 1928 - 1987
Collages and Montages: Medium TBD; dimensions TBD

Untitled, 1968
Tom Wesselman
American, 1931 - 2004
Drawings and Watercolors: Graphite on paper; dimensions TBD

(sandwich sculpture), ND
David Gilhooly
American, born 1943
Sculpture: Ceramic; dimensions TBD

Warhol Marilyn, 1960’s
Richard Pettibone
American, born 1938
Paintings: Acrylic on canvas; overall, 4 x 3 in.

Frank Stella, ND
Richard Pettibone
American, born 1938
Paintings: Acrylic on canvas; 4 x 4 in.

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