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)

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.) Read More


2013 Carnegie International Acquisitions Announced

Erika Verzutti, 'Swan with Hammer' (2013) and 'Egg Tower' (2013). (Courtesy the artist and the CMA)

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art announced today some of the works that it has decided to snap up from its current (and very excellent) International exhibition, which arrives at the museum every four or five years. Artists whose work will be added to the Carnegie’s collection are Phyllida Barlow, Sadie Benning, Vincent Fecteau, Wade Guyton, Rokni Haerizadeh, Amar Kanwar, Dinh Q. Lê, Tobias Madison, Zanele Muholi, Paulina Olowska, Pedro Reyes, Mladen Stilinović, Zoe Strauss, Henry Taylor and Erika Verzutti, who makes quietly sumptuous little sculptures and paintings out of materials like bronze, eggshells and wax. Great stuff. Read More


CCS Bard Acquires Archives of Colin de Land’s American Fine Arts and the Pat Hearn Gallery

Hearn and de Land. (Courtesy The Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Cancer Foundation)

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., announced today that it has acquired the archives of Colin de Land’s American Fine Arts gallery and the Pat Hearn Gallery. The acquisition of the archives from the estate of de Land, who died in 2003, at the age of 47, was made possible by the support of collectors Marty and Rebecca Eisenberg and Howard and Barbara Morse. Read More


Gerard van Spaendonck Still Life Given to the Frick

Van Spaendonck, 'Grapes with Insects on a Marble Top,' c. 1793, oil on marble. (Michael Bodycomb/Frick Collection)

The Frick Collection has acquired a still life by Dutch painter Gerard van Spaendonck (1746–1822). The circa 1793 work is titled Grapes with Insects on a Marble Top and is painted on marble. As the museum noted in a news release, its holdings are filled with impressive portraits and landscapes, making the piece something of an unusual—and welcome!—addition to the collection. It was given by collector Asbjorn R. Lunde. Read More


Sam Francis’s ‘Blue Balls V’ Goes to the Met

Sam Francis posing with his painting 'Blue Balls V' in his Santa Monica studio in 1965. (Courtesy Sam Francis Foundation)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired its first oil painting by the Abstract-Expressionist Sam Francis, thanks to a gift from the late artist’s foundation. It is called Blue Balls V.

“We are honored with the Metropolitan’s enthusiastic acquisition of the Sam Francis as it joins a good home with the other prominent postwar holdings in the museum’s collection,” said the acting president of the foundation, Debra Burchett-Lere, in a statement made on its website today. The foundation aims to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of the artist, who died in 1994. Read More


21 Morris Louis Works, Including Two Paintings, Go to the Baltimore Museum of Art

Morris Louis, "Where," 1960. (Courtesy Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/Wikipedia)

For much of his career, Color Field painter Morris Louis famously worked out of his home in suburban Chevy Chase, Md., before dying of cancer in 1962 at the age of 49. Now the Baltimore Museum of Art, just a short drive away, has added 21 Louis works to its collection, thanks to a gift from the estate of the Louis’s widow, Marcella Louis Brenner. The donation is comprised of two paintings, Silver III (1953) and Untitled 5-76 (1956), and 19 ink drawings.

The BMA, which has three other paintings by Louis, is planning an exhibition of its holdings by the artist for 2013. Read More