Monday, February 16, 2009

Modern and Contemporary art

Los Angeles real estate developer Edward R. Broida gave the Gallery 62 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by 23 important artists with in-depth groups by Vija Celmins (b. 1938), including Eraser (1967), an early trompe l’oeil sculpture, and the Gallery’s first paintings by her—Tulip Car #1 (1966), Rhinoceros (1965), and untitled (Comet) (1988), as well as major drawings from 1967 and 1975; and by Philip Guston (1913-1980), including the paintings Rug (1976), a powerful and haunting image that is executed in his late realist style, and Midnight Pass Road (1975), and an extraordinary group of eight drawings from Guston’s crucial decades 1952-1975.

Broida’s gift also includes 64 Steel Square (1967) by Carl Andre (b. 1935), the Gallery’s first significant floor piece from the artist’s classic early period; Standing Mitt with Ball, Half-Scale, 6 Feet (1974) by Claes Oldenburg (b.1929), a sculpture last seen at the Gallery in the artist’s 1995 retrospective; Boober (1965) by Mark di Suvero (b.1933), an early piece in welded steel; Untitled (Quarter-Round Mesh) (1966), an important minimalist work by Robert Morris (b.1931); Head within Head (1978) by Susan Rothenberg (b. 1945), which postdates the Gallery’s Butterfly, a more familiar painting from this artist’s series of horse images; Them and Us (1969), a large early painting by Neil Jenney (b.1945); and the Gallery’s first works by Wolfgang Laib (b.1950); as well as important abstract expressionist drawings by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) and Franz Kline (1910-1962).

Other artists represented in the Broida gift include Pierre Alechinsky (b.1927), Richard Artschwager (b.1923), Jake Berthot (b.1939), Jonathan Borofsky (b.1942), Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994), Jacob El Hanani (b.1947), Klaus Fussmann (b.1938), Franz Kline (1910-1962), David Nash (b.1945), Joel Shapiro (b.1941), and Christopher Mallory Wilmarth (1943-1987).

The National Gallery of Art will present a special exhibition of works from the Broida collection, dates to be announced.

The spectacular Color Panels for a Large Wall (1978), which went on view in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building in 2003 as a loan from the artist Ellsworth Kelly (b.1923) was purchased by the Gallery with funds from The Glenstone Foundation, founded by Mitchell P. Rales, a Washington-based financier. The painting consists of 18 rectangular monochrome canvases—each measuring 48 x 68 ½ inches (191.9 x 174 cm)—with two to three variations on each of the six primary and secondary hues, and two panels in black.

A Recent History of Art in Western Massachusetts: Flooded River for Lane Faison (Mass MoCA #12) (2005) by Stephen Hannock (b.1951), one America’s foremost contemporary landscape painters, was made possible with funds from Louis M. Bacon. The large mixed media collage depicts a view westward into the setting sun of the Hoosic River Valley between North Adams and Williamstown. Passages of text visible throughout the scene document the cultural life of northwestern Massachusetts and the artists, art historians, and other art world figures who have lived and worked there over the years, including the artist himself.

1 comment:

Susan said...

Wow...the one in the picture tickles my heart. hope to buy one in future.I too have a Contemporary Art website that may be of some use to you visitors.Thanks for sharing though.