Menil Collection Opens Earth Paint Paper Wood: Recent Acquisitions

“Earth Paint Paper Wood: Recent Acquisitions” celebrates the ongoing addition of important works of art to the Menil Collection by gift, purchase, and bequest.While some of these works have been included in exhibitions over the past several years, may have only rarely been shown, and a number remain unknown to museum visitors.

The exhibition, open August 27–November 28, 2010, showcases the significance and diversity of gifts, including promised gifts, and accessions from the last several years.

As part of the museum’s ongoing program to realize the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center, this exhibition will emphasize works on paper from the 20th century. Generous gifts from the Menil’s trustees, such as the untitled works by Willem de Kooning and Lee Krasner reproduced above, and from other special friends of the museum, will illustrate the breadth of approaches to drawing by modern and contemporary artists. Recent gifts from artists themselves, most notably Claes Oldenburg, demonstrate the close relationship that the Menil enjoys with living artists in its collection.

In addition to drawings, the exhibition will feature works in a variety of media– including painting, sculpture and ceramic– and from different eras. The exhibition will reflect on the museum’s philosophy of building on its existing strengths by adding works by artists established within the collection, such as Michael Heizer and Robert Rauschenberg, while introducing new and younger artists, like Suzan Frecon and Robert Gober.

“Earth Paint Paper Wood: Recent Acquisitions” celebrates the museum’s continuing efforts to build upon the extraordinary collection of art assembled by its founders John and Dominique de Menil.

This exhibition will be organized by Clare Elliott, Assistant Curator.

This exhibition is generously supported by William J. Hill and the city of Houston.

Image: Joe Goode Studies on the Past 26, 2008 Acrylic on archival digital print (on Kozo paper) 16 x 12 inches The Menil Collection, Houston Photo: Hester + Hardaway, Houston © Joe Goode Studio

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