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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego collectors group acquires new works
Ellsworth Kelly, Trapeze Swings, Meschers, 1950, gelatin silver print, image: 9 1/8 x 12 3/8 in, sheet: 11 x 14 in. Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. ©Ellsworth Kelly, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

SAN DIEGO, CA.- At the 2015 Selection Dinner on Wednesday, June 8, MCASD's International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase new works by four artists for the Museum's Permanent Collection:

• Ellsworth Kelly's photograph, Trapeze Swings, Meschers

• An oil on wood painting entitled House in Kathemiya by Hayv Kahraman

• Kim Jones' assemblage, Marine Jacket

• A photographic installation comprised of Wallpaper and Rock 'n Roll 70 by Gillian Wearing

These acquisitions are on view at MCASD La Jolla through September 4 as part of the exhibition Prospect 2016, which features all six of the works that were under consideration, as chosen by the Museum's Curatorial staff.

The Annual Selection Dinner was well-attended with almost 100 Collectors present for the voting process, the Museum is tremendously grateful to these donors for their vital support of this mission critical endeavor, the collection of contemporary works of art.

The décor at the Selection Dinner was provided and styled by Tenfold Style; this firm's conceptual designs, decorative stylings, and custom décor have graced the Museum's events many times over the years and this institution is proud to have Tenfold Style's long-term support.

For the past 31 years, MCASD's premier membership groups--the Contemporary Collectors and the International Collectors--have provided significant funds for the acquisition of new works for the Museum's collection through their annual dues.

Each year, MCASD's curatorial staff organizes an exhibition of works to be considered for acquisition by the Collectors, and these works are then selected by ballot at the Annual Selection Dinner, which was generously underwritten by Northern Trust. This year, Members reviewed works by Rachel Harrison, Kim Jones, Hayv Kahraman, Ellsworth Kelly, Hito Steyerl, and Gillian Wearing.
Thanks to the Collectors' support, MCASD has added 117 works to its collection-works that were collectively purchased for approximately $3.7 million and that today are valued at approximately $14.6 million.

The support of the International and Contemporary Collectors has allowed MCASD's curators to discover new artists, enrich the MCASD collection, and build an engaged and informed community of collectors in San Diego.

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