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New Orleans Museum of Art acquires Will Ryman’s Golden Replica of Lincoln’s Childhood Cabin

“America” (2013), a full-scale replica of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood log cabin that Will Ryman constructed out of chains, bullets, pills, assorted electronic components, jewelry, keyboard keys, and other assorted consumer flotsam, all coated in shiny gold paint, has been acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where the work will go on view Friday evening. The artist will be on hand to introduce the enormous artwork, along with NOMA’s curator of modern and contemporary art Miranda Lash, Friday at 6pm.

The artwork made its debut at Paul Kasmin Gallery in February and is the second major acquisition for NOMA this month, following the the 20-foot-tall Roy Lichtenstein sculpture “Five Brushstrokes.” That 20-foot-tall piece and Ryman’s similarly large artwork – “America” is 14 feet wide, 14 feet long, and 13 feet tall – were both gifted to the museum by Sydney and Walda Besthoff.

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