PITTSBURGH, PA.- Carnegie Museum of Art
announces recent collection acquisitions. These highlights in contemporary art, decorative arts, and photography join the museums collection of over 30,000 works. Three of them, by Joan Brown, Alex Katz, and Pope.L, will debut in Crossroads: Carnegie Museum of Arts Collection, 1945 to Now, opening July 20.
The Room, Part I, 1975
oil enamel on canvas
Purchase, gifts of Paul Chanin, Samuel Kootz, and Dr. and Mrs. Laibe A. Kessler, by exchange
Courtesy of The Estate of Joan Brown
San Franciscoborn painter Joan Brown is best known for her large-scale self-portraits, which combine bright, cartoonish drawing with a Beat sensibility and her own personal lexicon of symbols. The Room, Part 1 is a particularly introspective self-portrait depicting an isolated figure studying a painting of Chinese Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. It signals a shift when Brown began to seek spiritual and metaphysical awakening through research into non-Western cultures and religions.
Vivien Baseball Cap, 2006
Oil on linen
Carnegie Museum of Art, gift of the artist
Alex Katz is one of the most celebrated living American painters. His seemingly effortless and often large-scale canvases offer intimate depictions of family and friends as well as seasonal change and the landscape. The subject of this painting is the artists daughter-in-law, Vivien. Katz was featured prominently in the 1999 Carnegie International, and is one of the few living artists collected in significant depth by CMOA.
Consolidated Lamp & Glass Co. (manufacturer)
Reuben Haley (designer)
Ruba Rombic toilet bottle, 19281932
Carnegie Museum of Art, James L. Winokur Fund and the Elizabeth A. Drain Fund
This perfume bottle was a part of the Ruba Rombic line of glassware manufactured at the Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company in Coraopolis, PA around 1928. Inspired by modern art, including Cubism, the Ruba Rombic line was sold around the country for a limited time. This bottles beautiful, iridescent lilac color is rare.
Platter / Rather, 2016
found and reconfigured silver-plated platters
Carnegie Museum of Art, Second Century Acquisition Fund
One mans trash is another mans treasure, or so the saying goes. In this beautiful, ornamental wall plaque, artist Jayden Moore reconfigures dozens of 19th- or 20th-century silver-plated platters. With fussy engraved decoration, the trays represent the modern democratization of silver with more affordable, silver-plated base metal. Banal inscriptions, such Crestwood Farms / Garden Club / 19751977 reveal the longstanding tradition of commemorative plaques and trophies. Despite the legacy of traditions that elevated such objects, all the platters in this work ceased to matter. They were discarded, trashed, and forgotten. Moore picks up the pieces, literally, and refashions them with metal snips, solder, and a jewelers saw. His meditative, finished work is more interesting today than any of its component parts.
Leisure Work III (Top), 2013
gelatin silver print
Purchased with funds provided by The William Talbott Hillman Foundation
For this work, Lisa Oppenheim placed lace directly on top of photographic paper and exposed it to light, creating a direct negative or photogram. This process was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot, the originator of photography on paper and an inspiration for Oppenheim. The title is a reference to the classification of female lace makers in early 20th-century Belgium as leisure workers, which prevented them from being able to vote.
Fountain (reparations version), 20162017
acrylic, oil, oil stick, chalk, and chewing gum on porcelain fountain
Carnegie Museum of Art, A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund
© Pope.L, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY
The multidisciplinary, Chicago-based artist Pope.L has been challenging notions of race, class, and social stereotyping with his work across a variety of mediums since the late 1970s. His work was included in CMOAs exhibition 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art in 2017. Fountain (reparations version) unites many of the artists recurring interests such as artist Marcel Duchamps readymades, the history of Jim Crow laws in America, and the Flint water crisis in Michigan.
Flask, ca. 1830
Carnegie Museum of Art, Berdan Memorial Trust Fund, Elizabeth A. Drain Fund and the Mary Murtland Wurts Fund
Although this earthenware flask or canteen was manufactured in England, it was designed for export to the United States. The image on both sides, which was transferred to the clay by printing on tissue paper, depicts a busy day along the Monongahela River, just south of downtown Pittsburgh, in the early 19th century.