Monday, January 31, 2011

Check out the High Museum's most recent acquistions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM

In 2010, the High Museum held its first ever Collectors Evening — an exercise in curatorial democracy to help build the museum's permanent collections. At the event, which is open to the public, each of the High's curators presents a potential new acquisition. The guests vote, and the artwork with the most votes wins. Last year, the museum made four new acquisitions: a collection of 20 photographs from the “Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train Rediscovered” portfolio by Paul Fusco; the painting “Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo” from Kehinde Wiley’s series “The World Stage: Brazil”; an African art sculpture titled “Ntadi”; and a round-back chair and table from the “Sketch Furniture” series by Sweden’s Front Design.

The second annual Collectors Evening took place Friday. Voters chose four works: Vik Muniz’s “Leda and the Swan, after Leonardo da Vinci” (2009); an African “Elephant Headress” (19th century); Spencer Finch’s “Bright Star (Sirius)” (2010); and Auguste-Jean-Baptiste Vinchon’s “Portrait of Nency Destouches” (1829).

Then the evening took an unexpected turn. From the press release:

After the formal voting, an attendee offered up four Delta Air Lines worldwide business-class tickets for bidding. The money raised through this impromptu auction allowed for the acquisition of the fifth piece, the limestone sculpture “Lamentation” (1946), by American artist Robert Laurent. An anonymous donor purchased the sixth and final piece for the folk art collection, Minnie Evans's untitled painting on paperboard (1968).

Check out photos of the High's six newest pieces below.

Minnie Evanss untitled painting on paperboard (1968)

African

Spencer Finch's

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