Archive for the ‘Acquisitions’ Category
The Weatherspoon Art Museum is pleased to announce that it just received a gift of a work on paper by the artist, Tom Burckhardt. Burckhardt was a Falk Visiting Artist last semester, and his solo exhibition closed on Jan. 8th. The new acquisition, entitled Whiteout, is unlike the works that were on display. More narrative and descriptive, but equally conceptual, it features the artist in a snow-covered, Asian-inspired landscape contemplating an easel painting and by extension, the act and purpose of painting.
The work on paper was donated by the artist Red Grooms, whose work was recently on view in Altered States & Visions and for whom Burckhardt worked for many years as a studio assistant, and his wife Lysiane Luong.
During the bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of important news events. The death of pioneering post-World War II artist, Helen Frankenthaler on December 27 may have been such an event, but her achievements deserve to be acknowledged.
Beginning in 1952 Frankenthaler took abstract art in a new direction by pouring thinned paint directly onto unprimed canvases. Applauded for its lyricism and luminous color, Frankenthaler’s work not only gave rise to the Color Field movement, but also has remained vital throughout the years.
Frankenthaler was equally talented as a printmaker, and the Weatherspoon is privileged to own a 34-color Ukiyo-e style woodcut entitled Snow Pines, 2004. The art world definitely has lost a significant talent.
Image: Helen Frankenthaler, Snow Pines, 2004, 34-color Ukiyo-e style woodcut, Ed. 6 out of 65, 37 1/2 x 26 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Weatherspoon Art Museum Acquisition Endowment, the Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk Acquisition Endowment, the Lynn Richardson Prickett Acquisition Endowment, the Weatherspoon Guild Acquisition Endowment, and a bequest by Hubert Humphrey, 2011.
Read about this new WAM acquisition in our Winter newsletter on page 9 here.
Wikipedia article about Frankenthaler.
More photos of Helen and her work on the blog Habitually Chic.
And more on the site TheArtStory.org.
Check out the latest cover story in the News & Record’s Go Triad magazine about the upcoming Rackstraw Downes exhibition on view at the Weatherspoon on Saturday, May 28.
Visit our website for more information about this exhibition here.
Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings 1972-2008 is organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.
Thrilled to announce this—the Weatherspoon Art Museum will soon add to its collection a brand new series of six etchings by world-renowned artist Kara Walker! Walker is known for exploring race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic figures and narrative scenes. She uses the traditionally proper Victorian medium of the silhouette to produce disturbing images that explore the legacy of slavery in America. In An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010), Walker mines imagery connected to the lives of female slaves transported across the Atlantic to the ante-bellum South.
Walker’s etchings will join other important works in the Weatherspoon’s collection that explore issues related to identity and civil rights. Her work will be presented in Fall 2011 in an exhibition organized by curator of collections Elaine Gustafson and UNCG associate professor of art history George Dimock titled, Race and Representation: The African American Presence in American Art.
WAM preparator, Joel Vanderkamp was featured on UNCG’s “Inspire. Change.” feature page on the university home page.