The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in Massachusetts received an anonymous donation of over 170 works of contemporary art, including seminal pieces by David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, Mark Bradford, among others. Highlights include a portrait by the controversial artist Andres Serrano, Mona Hatoum’s minimalist ’Rubber Mat’ (1996) made of silicon, and a series of documentary photographs that shed light on the plight of incarcerated individuals by Danny Lyon entitled ‘Conversations with the Dead’ (1967-68).
The generous gift is more or less a godsend for Mead as fine works of art are incredibly expensive. Not to mention, university institutions have smaller budgets for their programming compared to major museums such as the MoMA and the Whitney.
To celebrate the donation, the museum will spotlight a selection of artworks in an exhibition called “Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts” that will launch on September 10. Visit the Mead Art Museum’s website for further details.
Elsewhere in art, take a look at our latest Studio Visit feature with anonymous artist Andy Blank.
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Amherst, MA 01002
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The title of this sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, “Time Lock,” references the mechanical locking device employed in bank vaults that prevents them from being opened before a preset time. The title can also be seen as a nod to the philosophical questions modern physics posed about how time relates to special relativity and quantum theory. Is the future unalterable and “time-locked”? Or, as quantum theory postulates, does the existence of chance mean the future can be changed? Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein is on view until July 28, 2019. Check out this exciting exhibition before it closes! Photo by Maria Stenzel. #IsamuNoguchi #Maholynage #dimensionism #modernart #meadartmuseum #amherstcollege #einstein #mariastenzel #artxscience #sculpture #time