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Selections from the Ahmet Ertegün Collection



Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne (American, 1916-1979). Compotier, 1939. Oil on canvas. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.004. Museum purchase.

Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne (American, 1916-1979). Compotier, 1939. Oil on canvas. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.004. Museum purchase.

Upcoming exhibition

February 10 – June 16, 2024
Located on the third floor of The Baker Museum


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In 2000, the same year it opened to the public, The Baker Museum acquired one of its most important holdings: the Ahmet Ertegün Collection. Assembled by the Turkish American businessman best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records, the collection features a remarkable selection of modern art of the United States that demonstrates Ertegün’s comprehension of and intuitiveness about rhythm, pattern and color. Featured artists include Irene Rice Pereira, Gertrude Glass (Greene), Esphyr Slobodkina, Oscar Bluemner and Ilya Bolotowsky, among others.

This exhibition presents an intimate look inside the icon’s modern art collection, highlighting rarities from well-known artists as well as impressive and lively works from unexposed creators. The American Abstract Artists, established in New York in 1936, is presented as playing a major role in championing the works of abstractionist and nonrepresentational artists who were otherwise overlooked in favor of the Regionalist painters who were popular during the ‘30s. While they were influenced by the new styles coming from Paris, some of these artists were able to develop a visual language of their own, thus contributing to the development of the American avant-garde.


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Selected Works

A.E. Gallatin (American, 1881-1952). Composition January, 1937 (Still Life), 1937. Oil on canvas. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.099. Museum purchase.

A.E. Gallatin (American, 1881-1952). Composition January, 1937 (Still Life), 1937. Oil on canvas. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.099. Museum purchase.

Gertrude Glass (Greene) (American, 1904-1956). Space Construction, 1943. Wood construction and oil on canvas. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.128. Museum purchase.

Gertrude Glass (Greene) (American, 1904-1956). Space Construction, 1943. Wood construction and oil on canvas. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.128. Museum purchase.

Charles Greene Shaw (American, 1892-1974). Polygon, 1937. Oil on panel. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.206. Museum purchase.

Charles Greene Shaw (American, 1892-1974). Polygon, 1937. Oil on panel. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.206. Museum purchase.

Esphyr Slobodkina (Russian American, 1908-2002). Boat Construction, 1935. Mixed media collage/construction. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.209. Museum purchase.

Esphyr Slobodkina (Russian American, 1908-2002). Boat Construction, 1935. Mixed media collage/construction. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.209. Museum purchase.


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Better Than B-Sides: Abstract Women Artists from the Ertegün Collection
March 8 at 10am

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Selections from the Ahmet Ertegün Collection is organized by by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum and is curated by Dianne Brás-Feliciano, Ph.D., curator of modern art.

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