From ContemporaryArtProject Collection: 33 recent works by artists who emerged on the international scene within the past 10 years.
Museum Receives 33 Works from ContemporaryArtProject Collection. Cutting Edge
Contemporary Art Collection Finds Permanent Home
Seattle-based collectors group, the ContemporaryArtProject LLC, has selected the Seattle Art Museum as the permanent home for their international contemporary art collection, museum director Mimi Gardner Gates announced today.
"We're absolutely thrilled to receive an important collection of contemporary art with such a clear and consistent vision," says Lisa Corrin, Seattle Art Museum's Deputy Director for Art/Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Collecting and presenting the work of living artists is central to our mission. Artists today are in a constant dialogue about challenging and topical issues meaningful to our lives while at the same time engaging classic subjects that have persisted throughout history and across cultures.
Founded and curated by former Seattle gallery owner, Linda Farris, the ContemporaryArtProject (CAP) collection includes 33 recent works by artists who emerged on the international scene within the past 10 years, such as Charles Avery, Brad Kahlhamer, Sue de Beer, Cecily Brown, Zhang Huan and Lisa Yuskavage. Farris assembled the collection on behalf of a group of art patrons who were interested in collecting and learning about contemporary art. CAP investors paid $15,000 a year for three years, which funded purchases and covered a fee for Farris. They shared the privilege of temporarily hosting works in their home with the understanding that after three years the works would eventually be donated to a museum.
We are delighted that these works are staying in Seattle and going to the Seattle Art Museum, says Farris. Our goal was to eventually donate the works to a forward thinking art institution and SAM's artistic vision and desire to keep the works together and relevant was a perfect fit.
Farris traveled the world and selected daring new works that touched her very personally and passionately. The 33 artworks, which include painting, photography and video, express emotional and often sexual energy. They depict powerful and very personal statements that deal with feminist perspectives and body image issues as well as cultural, personal and sexual identity. Many of the works, such as Yuskavage's painting Kathy on a Pedestal, confront stereotypes of women by powerfully presenting the stereotypes in a very direct manner.
'Living with these works has expanded my view of contemporary art,' says CAP member Judy Tobin. 'They are big, bold and outrageous and they are works that I would not have normally selected myself. I am now much braver in regards to my art collecting.
Among the works to enter SAM's collection are Sue De Beer's Twins, a digital photograph of two tennis-shoed, twenty-something girls intertwined on a floor; Kim Dingle's Cloud, an oil painting of an airborne girl-tiger; Zhang Huan's compelling photograph To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain exhibited this past year at the Seattle Asian Art Museum; Inka Essenhigh's slick surfaced painting Supernatural; and the lushly painted Boy Trouble by Cecily Brown.
I am very excited about the many different ways that SAM plans to exhibit and incorporate the works into the existing collections for the public to experience, says CAP member Paul Goode. 'This was our mission all along. We did not want these works to gather dust.'
In the fall of 2000, Farris presented the works together in the highly acclaimed exhibition Emotional Rescue: the ContemporaryArtProject Collection held at the Center on Contemporary Art (COCA) in Seattle. Corrin plans to exhibit the collection on SAM's fourth floor in December 2002. For more information and to view images from the collection, visit the ContemporaryArtProject's web site at http://www.contemporaryartproject.com.
Image: Ghada Amer, Black Series - "Coulures Noires" from "Intimate Confessions" 2000
Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas
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