This exhibition features a sampling of acquisitions to the permanent collection in the past few years. The museum regularly accepts donations of works of art in all media that highlights artists from the 20th and 21st century from or worked in Louisiana and the South, as well as artists who have been influenced by or influenced art in the South. Treasured Gifts includes works donated from the Department of Culture and Tourism of the State of Louisiana, as well as from generous individual donors.
This exhibition featured 72 works by 61 artist-residents of the Hamptons, including Winslow Homer; Hudson River School painter Thomas Moran in the 1880s; George Bellows in the 1920s; Surrealists following WWII; Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning; Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol; Photorealists Audrey Flack and Chuck Close, 80s and 90s Neo-Expressionists Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel as well as contemporary artists Ross Bleckner, Donald Sultan, and April Gornik.
Three Louisiana artists -- Shawn Hall, Lee Deigaard, and Natchitoches-native Colin O’Con -- created entire room installations to explore elements of created space and invite contemplation about our relationship with the natural world. Painting, drawing, and photography installed as part of a larger, sculpture space, create rhythm in an immersive environment where emotional space and physical landscape merge.
One of the most prolific African-American artists of the 20th century, this retrospective presents a unique, comprehensive glimpse of the artist’s work over four decades. Nearly 40 artworks encompass the artist’s life repertoire, beginning with early portraits created while attending the California School of Arts & Crafts in the 1930s to experimental figurative works of the 1950s; colorful, playful works inspired by many trips to the Caribbean; and utilitarian, abstract motifs of his later works.
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