Johann Christoph Ludwig Lücke, "Allegory of Damnation in Hell, (1736), ivory, H. 14,8 cm, W. 10 cm, D. 2,3 cm (image courtesy Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung ‒ Sammlung Reiner Winkler, Frankfurt am Main, photo by Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung)

Johann Christoph Ludwig Lücke, “Allegory of Damnation in Hell” (1736), ivory, H. 14,8 cm, W. 10 cm, D. 2,3 cm (image courtesy Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung ‒ Sammlung Reiner Winkler, Frankfurt am Main, photo by Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung)

The Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung has acquired the Reiner Winkler collection, a private collection of 17th and 18th century ivory sculptures. The sculptures were acquired by Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Städelscher Museums-Verein, and the Städel Museum, with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessische Kulturstiftung, and much of the collection was acquired through a gift by Reiner Winkler. The pieces will be on display in an exhibition titled White Wedding. The Ivory Collection of Reiner Winkler Now in the Liebieghaus. Forever, on display beginning March 27.

The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) has acquired two works by Judy Chicago in celebration of the Museum’s 60th anniversary. Both pieces come from the collection of Anita Brehmer, who was married to Frank Gehry in the 1950s and ’60s. “We are thrilled to have such strong support from our generous donors and members who made these acquisitions possible. These new contributions enable us to add new and diverse works to our collection, greatly enriching our exploration of the breadth and depth of California Art,” said MMA Executive Director, Stuart A. Chase. The works will go on display at MMA Pacific Street this Friday.

Anne Vallayer-Coster, “Still Life with Mackerel” (1787), oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 24 inches (image courtesy Kimbell Art Museum, Gift of Sid R. Bass in honor of Kay and Ben Fortson)

The Kimbell Art Museum has acquired Anne Vallayer-Coster’s painting “Still Life with Mackerel” (1787). The work is a gift from Sid R. Bass in honor of Kay and Ben Fortson, leaders of the Kimbell Art Foundation’s board of directors. The painting went on view on March 8 in the Kimbell’s Louis I. Khan Building.

Dark blue-ground festival kimono decorated with sea creatures (back), cloth: cotton; tsutsugaki (freehand resist) (image courtesy Minneapolis Instiutute of Art)

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has acquired a collection of Japanese textiles through a partial gift/partial purchase from independent researcher and collector of Asian and Tribal art Thomas Murray. Included in the collection are traditional Japanese clothing and fabrics such as rare bingata and ikat kimonos and wrapping cloths made from wild banana fiber found in Okinawa. The Minneapolis Institute of Art will host an exhibition of these works in Fall 2020, presenting 120 highlights of the collection.

Zeng Fanzhi, “Untitled”(2018), oil on canvas, 98 7/16 × 137 13/16 inches, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (© Zeng Fanzhi 2019)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has acquired Zeng Fanzhi’s painting “Untitled” (2018). The work was purchased with funds donated by Dominic and Ellen Ng. “Zeng Fanzhi is one of the leading figures in the Chinese art world today, and this monumental painting is a major addition to LACMA’s permanent collection,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “We are deeply grateful to Dominic and Ellen Ng for their generosity in introducing such a compelling work and artist to LACMA’s collection. In the past two years, LACMA has greatly strengthened its collection of contemporary Chinese art.” The work will g on display on June 2 in the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China.

Basir Mahmood, “Monument of Arrival and Return” (2016), video installation, 9 minutes 36 seconds (image courtesy the artist)

Leading up to the Stefelijk Museum’s biannual exhibition Freedom of Movement, the Museum has acquired works by Yael Bartana, Verena Blok, Kate Cooper, Danielle Dean, Deniz Eroglu, Jort van der Laan, Basir Mahmood, and Michele Rizzo. “These eight important acquisitions feature contemporary artists with new stories to tell,” said Jan Willem Sieburgh, interim Director of the Stedelijk Museum. “We are proud to announce that these works have now entered our collection. Presenting topical, relevant artistic positions, the Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions is an excellent framework for the Stedelijk to add new voices to its collection.”

Helen Levitt, “New York” (1940), gelatin silver print (© Helen Levitt, image courtesy Thomas Zander Gallery, The
Capital Group Foundation Photography, Collection at Stanford University)

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University has received a gift of over 1,000 photographs by American artists from the Capital Group Foundation. The gift features works by Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, Wright Morris, Gordon Parks, Edward Weston, and more. An exhibition featuring works from the collection will go on display in September, with two more exhibitions planned for 2020.

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