BLOOMINGTON.- The Eskenazi Museum of Art
at Indiana University, one of the nations leading university art museums, has acquired a crop of notable modern and contemporary artworks through multiple gifts and bequests, adding to its distinguished encyclopedic collection of more than 45,000 works. The Museums new acquisitions include three photographs by renowned 20th and 21st century artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Vik Muniz; as well as works on paper by Norman Rockwell and Alex Katz.
Formerly known as the Indiana University Art Museum, the Museum was recently renamed following a $15M gift from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, two Indiana philanthropists and University alumni. Their gift will support a renovation of the museums iconic I.M. Pei-designed building, which will allow more of its collection to be on display to the public and enhance the visitor experience. As the Eskenazi Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and looks forward to its upcoming renovation, these new acquisitions reaffirm the Museums long-term commitment to growing its permanent collectionparticularly its modern and contemporary art holdingsand serving as an indispensable cultural resource for the university community, the city of Bloomington, and beyond.
The new acquisitions include:
· Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan, 1948)
Norwegian Sea, Vesteralen Island (1990), a gelatin silver print from Hiroshi Sugimotos most important Seascapes series is a gift to the Museum from Lee Marks and John C. DePrez, Jr.
· Robert Mapplethorpe (American 1946-1989)
The Museum acquired Louise Nevelson (1986), Robert Mapplethorpes portrait of renowned sculptor Louise Nevelson, signed by both artists.
· Vik Muniz (Brazilian,1961)
Following Vik Munizs retrospective at the Eskenazi Museum this fall, the Museum is acquiring the diptych George Stinney Jr. from Muniz's Album Series (2015).
· Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)
Norman Rockwells Breaking Home Ties (1954), a historic drawing of a young man going off to college and one Rockwells most popular cover designs, originally entered the collection of Indiana Universitys School of Journalism in 1975 and has been transferred over to the Museums permanent holdings.
· Alex Katz (American, 1927)
The Museum acquired two drawings by leading American artist Alex Katz: Joan (1967) and Vivien (2004).