Centennial Acquisitions

New Acquisitions Celebrate MAG Centennial

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Two dramatic works acquired in honor of the Gallery’s Centennial went on view in October 2013.

Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets (pictured at left) is by groundbreaking Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who was recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Tate Modern in London. It’s currently on view in the Forman Gallery. More about Kusama

wiley-webAfter Memling’s Portrait of a Man with a Letter (pictured at right) is by the young American artist Kehinde Wiley, a master of the contemporary portrait who was recently selected to receive a Cultural Leadership Award from the American Federation of Arts. It’s currently on loan to the Taft Museum in Cincinnati, which will open a show of Wiley’s work on July 11, 2014.  More about Wiley

Both artists address traditional issues of beauty and form as they confront contemporary concerns about gender, sexuality, class and race. And both pay tribute to the history of art while asserting their place within it.

“How appropriate that these two works look back to the art historical past while underscoring a contemporary edginess,” says director Grant Holcomb. “In these major acquisitions, we can see the Gallery’s interest in the past and present as well as a hint of the future.”

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Yayoi Kusama (born 1929), Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets (1998). Acrylic paint on fiberglass and canvas.  |  Kehinde Wiley (born 1977), After Memling’s Portrait of a Man with a Letter (2013). Oil on panel.