This summer the Princeton University Art Museum
features 50 exceptional recent acquisitions in a special installation that underlines both the continuing ambition of the Museums collecting activities and the universal scope of its collections. The exhibition, Faces and Facets, includes works by such artists as Jules Olitski, Philip Pearlstein, Bridget Riley, Florian Schmidt, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Smithson, John Trumbull, Rembrandt, Hannah Wilke and Hale Woodruff; Greek, Japanese and Native American ceramics; ancient Cypriot and Pre-Columbian sculpture; a Korean six-panel folding screen; a French medieval architectural fragment; Chinese, Indian, Japanese and African works on paper; and French, British and American photography.
Drawn from the works that have entered the Princeton University Art Museum collections since 2010, the installation will be on view from July 6 to Aug. 18, 2013, and represents but a small selection of the hundreds of gifts and purchases that have recently entered the Museums holdings.
The past few years have brought an abundance of stunning and distinguished new objects that complement the Museums comprehensive holdings in innumerable ways, said Princeton University Art Museum Director James Steward. While we often feature new acquisitions throughout our galleries, this seemed an auspicious moment to unveil a number of outstanding works of art in a special installation offering surprising insights and juxtapositions.
Faces and Facets is divided into four thematic sections: Assemblage examines how the disparate elements of a work of art can be as meaningful as the final configuration; Faces and Facets traces the varying ways that portraitswhether of a person or an objectboth shape and are shaped by the viewers understanding of the world; Revealing and Concealing ponders the narratives, visual layers and data that are alternately encoded or exposed in works of art; and Symmetry plays with the idea of how balance, regularity, and repetition can either offer pleasing compositions or suggest the oppositeasymmetry and disorderto achieve a particular effect.