The 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate Nairy Baghramian takes the creation and presentation of sculpture as her de facto subject yet makes works highlighting the poignant, contradictory, and sometimes humorous circumstances that can suffuse both the artistic process as well as everyday life. Over the past three decades, she has explored elements of sculptural practice and installation to create works that challenge their settings and upend expected modes of presentation as well as the architectural, sociological, political, and historical contexts that inform them.
This statue painting from 18th-century Cuzco depicts a common advocation – Our Lady of Mercy of Quito – in an unusual way. Rather than render the Mercedarian Virgin with captives or as a pilgrim, as in many other works in the Thoma collection, the Virgin here takes elements from the iconography of Our Lady of Guápulo, another Marian devotion common in the Andes. The painting bears a signature for an artist by the name of Cárdenas; it is hoped that future research may tell us more about this figure.
Crystal Bridges Museum for American Art Acquires a Jar from the Year 1858 with a Poem by David Drake
Crystal Bridges recently acquired a Twenty-Five Gallon Four-Handled Stoneware Jar thrown in 1858 by David Drake, an enslaved potter also known as Dave Drake or Dave the Potter. This jar includes a poem, etched into the surface of the jar alongside Drake’s signature, chronicling both his own place in the world as well as the beginning of life for this object. The inscription “L. m. April 12. 1858 Dave.” on the vessel indicates the precise date he threw the jar while enslaved by Lewis Miles (“L. m.”).
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Glenstone Museum announced plans to construct a building specially conceived to house a major sculpture by American artist Richard Serra, extending the museum’s outdoor program of art, architecture, and landscape along its Woodland Trail. Designed as a collaboration between Richard Serra and Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners, architect of the Pavilions at Glenstone, the building will open in spring/summer 2022.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Acquires a New Photographic Work, “Rainbow,” by the Artist Augusto Alves da Silva
The CAM Collection (Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian) acquires a new photograph Rainbow by Augusto Alves da Silva, who was nominated for the BES PHOTO 2006 award. The image was captured in 2001, in Iceland, on the same trip on which he photographed part of the Shelter series (a series of 35 photos taken in Portugal and Iceland).