Museum acquisitions

Museum acquisitions July-August 2009

Leeds: Martin Boyce
Leeds Art Gallery in the UK has acquired an Eames-inspired piece by Scottish artist Martin Boyce. Phantom and Fall, a hanging sculpture that references the work of US designers Ray and Charles Eames as well as the US artist Alexander Calder, was purchased by the Henry Moore Institute on behalf of the Leeds gallery. £8,000 was donated towards the acquisition by independent charity the Art Fund, with additional funding from MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Leeds City Council. Boyce, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1990, represents Scotland at this year’s Venice Biennale.

Yorkshire: Jeremy Deller
British artist and Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller’s The Uses of Literacy has been acquired by the Arts Council Collection, and was on display at the Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in June. The 1997 installation, which was purchased with help from a £20,000 Art Fund grant, focuses on Welsh rockers The Manic Street Preachers, with paintings, collages, books, drawings, poetry and other objects donated by fans of the band.

Yale: Hopper drawings
Yale University Art Gallery has acquired preparatory drawings by the US artist Edward Hopper for two paintings in its collection, Rooms by the Sea, 1951, and Western Motel, 1957. The works were purchased from the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, and join a number of other preparatory studies by Hopper in Yale’s collection. The drawings are particularly important in understanding the artist’s work because he rarely made changes on canvas, and in the case of these two works, many of the details in the studies were subsequently stripped away to create the characteristically pared-down scenes in the paintings.

This piece was published in The Art Newspaper, July-August 2009, p18. To view it in context, click on the PDF link below.

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