Enrique Chavarria (Mexican, 1927-1998). Extraendo el Oro del Crepusculo (Extracting the Gold from the Twilight), 1972. Oil on Masonite, 39 1/2 x 24 in. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Museum purchase, 2019.4.4.
June 25 – January 8
Located on the third floor of The Baker Museum
The Baker Museum’s permanent collection has grown steadily over the past two decades. With generous gifts from numerous individuals and through museum purchases, the art collection has continued to expand in both breadth and quality within the museum’s clearly defined scope, which encompasses American, Latin American and European art from the 1880s to the present day. This exhibition proudly presents over 50 works that have been added to the permanent collection since 2019.
Two outstanding acquisitions are Deborah Butterfield’s Charlemagne (1980), an equine sculpture made of driftwood and other found materials acquired in 2019, and Dale Chihuly’s outdoor installation Red Reeds (2020). No less formidable are two imposing, large-scale paintings by Donald Sultan and Hunt Slonem, both acquired in 2021. Sultan’s Steer, October 7, 1982 (1982) and Slonem’s Hutch Hutch (2019) strengthen the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary American art. These works are highlighted in this exhibition, alongside photographs by Mariana Yampolsky, two print suites by Louise Nevelson and Ernest Trova — 11 silkscreens from Nevelson’s Façade: In Homage to Edith Sitwell (1966) and six lithographs from Trova’s Falling Man (1967) series.
Furthering the museum’s robust modern art collection are drawings by two noted French surrealists, André Masson and Max Bucaille; oil paintings by the Mexican surrealist Enrique Chavarria; and the cubist painting The Three Musicians, by Ukrainian-born, Jewish-American artist William Meyerowitz, among others. Lastly, the exhibition will feature paintings by Mally Khorasantchi and Antonio Guerrero, two Florida-based artists who have created multi-panel, mixed-media paintings demonstrating the continued importance of surrealism and abstraction in contemporary art.
The diverse works exhibited in Recent Acquisitions: 2019–Present are a testament to the tremendous generosity and support of individual collectors and donors and their trust in Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum as a collecting institution and its stewardship of significant cultural artworks since it first opened its doors in 2000.
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Hunt Slonem (American, b. 1951). Hutch Hutch, 2019. Oil on canvas, 72 x 84 x 2 in. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Gift of Henry and Pat Shane, L2021.23.1.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941). Red Reeds (detail), 2020. Glass, 10 x 43 x 2 feet. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Museum purchase made possible through the generosity of Patty and Jay Baker and Jeanette Montgomery Evert and Herbert P. Evert, 2021.2.1. © Chihuly Studio
Donald Sultan (American, b. 1951). Steer, October 7, 1982, 1982. Chalk graphite underdrawing, plaster and tar on vinyl tile on Masonite, 98 3/16 × 97 13/16 in. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Gift of Gerald & Jody Lippes, 2021.5.1a-d.
Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988). Lullaby for Jumbo (IV), 1966. Silkscreen on yellow paper with one collage element, 17 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Gift of Barbara and Ron Balser, 2021.1.6.
Mally Khorasantchi (German-born American, b. 1948). Faked News XIII, 2017. Mixed media on canvas, 72 x 108 in. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Gift of the artist, 2019.1a-c
Antonio Guerrero (Cuban, b. 1968). No More, 2010. Mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 in. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Gift of Antonio Guerrero, 2019.5.2a-c.
Recent Acquisitions: 2019–Present is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum and curated by Rangsook Yoon, Ph.D., curator of modern art, with Elizabeth Monti, Ph.D., curatorial research associate.