Acquisitions

Carnegie Acquires Work From 2013 International by Guyton, Stark, Eisenman, Olowska, More

'Prince of Swords' (2013) by Eisenman, at far right, which was acquired by the Carnegie. (Photo by Greenhouse Media, courtesy the artist and Koenig & Clinton)

‘Prince of Swords’ (2013) by Eisenman, at far right, which was acquired by the Carnegie. (Photo by Greenhouse Media, courtesy the artist and Koenig & Clinton)

With less than a month left in its very excellent 2013 International, Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art announced today that it has acquired works from the exhibition by Ei Arakawa/Henning Bohl, Nicole Eisenman, Wade Guyton, Mark Leckey, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, Gabriel Sierra, Frances Stark, Joel Sternfeld and Zoe Strauss. This is the second of three waves of acquisitions that the museum is making from International. (The last one was in December. Here are the full details for this round.)

Lots of works to get excited about here, but one particularly intriguing one is Mr. Guyton’s Carcass Ocho (2013). Its materials are a “suitcase, seven glass tequila bottles stained with Epson UltraChrome ink, Epson UltraChrome on newsprint, and bubble wrap,” according to the Carnegie. It turns out that it was something of a special, late addition to the show. The story, from the museum:

The empty tequila bottles (used in a 2013 Carnegie International performance), covered in the same ink used in his paintings, are displayed alongside the suitcase that transported them to Pittsburgh from New York City. Each bottle is wrapped in a newly minted critical text on his artwork, and as a whole, it displays a more improvisatory aspect of Guyton’s practice.

Sounds pretty great, right?

The International runs through March 16.

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