The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 21, 2018

Large-Scale Sculpture by David Altmejd Acquired by Dallas Museum of Art
David Altmejd, "The Eye", 2008.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art today announced the acquisition of a major large-scale sculpture, The Eye, by the celebrated Canadian artist David Altmejd. Among the artist’s most ambitious works to date, The Eye measures approximately 11 by 18 feet and is an imposing and mesmerizing structure of mirrored glass and wooden support that engulfs the viewer in a spectacular environment of fractured light and reflection. Acquired by the DMA through the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund made possible by Two by Two for AIDS and Art, the work is currently on view in the DMA’s exhibition Performance/Art through March 21, 2010.

“It’s a pleasure to offer visitors the chance to explore David Altmejd’s work, which overwhelms and entices the viewer with dazzling visual effect,” said Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “This beautiful and dramatic sculpture is an important addition to our collections, and a fascinating component of our Performance/Art exhibition, which explores connections between visual and performing arts. Altmejd’s work energizes the DMA’s collections, which are recognized among the most important museum holdings in the country, and reinforces our city’s standing as a major center for contemporary art.”

Created in 2008, The Eye draws inspiration from the 2005 John Adams opera Doctor Atomic, which recounts the events leading up to the first nuclear bomb test under the supervision of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in 1945. The installation’s dazzling mirrored facades give the piece a theatrical quality, as well as a sense of movement, drawing possible parallels to an explosion that has been suspended or frozen in time, or a spaceship that has just landed, or to any number of possible references dealing with science and science fiction, as well as the history of sculpture. Altmejd made The Eye for the art gallery at The Metropolitan Opera in New York , which presents the work of visual artists who have been asked to respond to an opera performed during the Met’s season.

“The Eye is one of Altmejd’s most abstract and amazing achievements,” said Charles Wylie, the DMA’s Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art. “The work confounds us with its beauty while challenging our sense of scale, creating an immersive experience. Altmejd’s exuberant and complex vision makes his work truly extraordinary, and it is extremely exciting to have been able to bring this work to Dallas and have it stay here.”

Almejd’s work joins other large-scale sculptures and installations in the DMA’s contemporary art collection by artists such as Chris Burden, Mona Hatoum, Tatsuo Miyajima, Doug Aitken and Olafur Eliasson, among many others. Its acquisition is made possible through the DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, which is supported by the annual fundraising event Two by Two for AIDS and Art and which has allowed the Museum to acquire approximately 100 works of contemporary art since its founding in 1999.

David Altmejd
In October 2009, David Altmejd was awarded the 2009 Sobey Art Award, Canada ’s preeminent prize for contemporary art. Born in 1974 in Montreal , Quebec , Altmejd has received significant international attention in recent years for his visually rich and complex sculptures. He was selected to represent Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale, and his work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Other recent important exhibitions of Altmejd’s work have included the 2008 Liverpool Biennial at the Tate-Liverpool, UK , and the 2008 Triennial of Québec Art at the Musée D’Art Contemporain de Montréal. He received his BFA from the University of Quebec , Montreal in 1998, and his MFA from Columbia University in 2001.

The Dallas Museum of Art | David Altmejd | The Eye |

Today's News

December 2, 2009

New Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Open at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Art Basel Miami Beach Galleries and Organizers Expect Collectors

A Child's Portrait, Looted During the War, is Returned to Its Owner

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards the Frick Collection a $1 Million Grant

Two Newly-Discovered Still Lifes by Adriaen Coorte Soar Above Estimate

Sotheby's Week of Russian Art Sales Totals $31.9 Million

Large-Scale Sculpture by David Altmejd Acquired by Dallas Museum of Art

"Synecdoche", Watershed Work by Byron Kim, Installed at the National Gallery of Art

Huntington Names Its First Curator of American Decorative Arts

Art Madrid Announces 5th Edition to Open in February 2010

Museu d'Art de Catalunya Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Exhibition

Hauser & Wirth to Present Works by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski at Art Basel Miami

Ukrainian Museum Claims It Owns a Portrait of a Venetian Doge by Titian

Pirate Exhibit in Norfolk Taps into Pirate Craze

"Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Omie" at the National Gallery of Victoria

Norman Rockwell Headlines December American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture Sale

Conner Contemporary Art Announces Leo Villareal Commissioned by Tampa Museum

Brilliant Prices Achieved at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Sale in Milan

New York Academy of Art Names Peter Drake Dean of Academic Affairs

China Appeals to Rival Taiwan with Ancient Treasures

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Dallas Museum of Art's Razor by Gerald Murphy featured in U.S. Postal Services stamp collection

Dallas Museum of Art Presents First Overview of Its Modern and Contemporary Design Collections

Sixty Works from the DMA Collection and Important Local Collectors Presented in a Dynamic New Context

New Exhibition of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art Presents Its 2010 Awards to Artists

Dallas Museum of Art Receives Certification to Ship Works of Art

Landmark Exhibition Reveals Deep Artistic Dialogue Among Early Impressionists

Impressionist Painting to Contemporary Photography Juxtaposed in Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art Publishes its First Catalogue of African Art

Corner Chair from the Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs Enters Collection of the Dallas Museum of Art

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful