Since 1986, LACMA’s annual Collectors Committee Gala has resulted in numerous important acquisitions in all areas of the museum’s collection. This weekend the Collectors Committee added nine more. For the event, Collectors Committee members create a pool for acquisitions funds and then use those funds to vote for artworks presented by LACMA curators earlier in the day. In the final tally, LACMA raised more than $3.2 million—a record for the event—toward seven artworks. On top of that, Collectors Committee sponsor JPMorgan made a gift of two more works from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection: a photograph by Robert Frank, St. Francis and Gas Station, and City Hall—Los Angeles, from his iconic series The Americans; and a portfolio of seventy-five mixed-media works made by Ed Ruscha in 1969, Stains.
Row 1, left to right: Mother and Child Figure for the Gwan Association, Republic of Mali, Bamana Peoples, 1432-1644 (carbon 14 testing), gift of the 2013 Collectors Committee with additional funds provided by Kelvin Davis and Bobby Kotick; Mountain Avatar (Zaō Gongen), Japan, late Heian period, c. 1180, gift of the 2013 Collectors Committee; Seated Buddha, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 10th century, gift of the 2013 Collectors Committee
Row 2: Thomas Demand, Control Room, 2011, purchased with funds provided by Willow Bay and Bob Iger and Steve Tisch through the 2013 Collectors Committee, © Thomas Demand / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Row 3, left to right: Julio Le Parc, Mural: Virtual Circles (Mural Cercles Virtuelles), 1964–66, purchased with funds provided by Debbie and Mark Attanasio, Jane and Marc Nathanson, Jane and Terry Semel, the Loreen Arbus Foundation, Alyce Woodward Oppenheimer, Janet Dreisen Rappaport and Herb Rappaport and an anonymous donor through the 2013 Collectors Committee; James Turrell, Roden Crater Model (Large Overall Site) (detail),1985-87, purchased with funds provided by Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, Paul Fleming, Suzanne and Ric Kayne, and Pamela and Jarl Mohn through the 2013 Collectors Committee, © James Turrell, photo © Florian Holzherr, courtesy Häusler Contemporary, Munich | Zurich
Row 4: Susan Hefuna, Woman behind Mashrabiya I, 1997, gift of Ann Colgin and Joe Wender, Kelvin Davis, John and Carolyn Diemer, Andy Gordon and Carlo Brandon, Deborah McLeod, and David and Mary Solomon through the 2013 Collectors Committee, © Susan Hefuna, courtesy Rose Issa Projects
These vibrant and energetic insects look pretty lively considering Dutch artist Nicolaas Struyck most likely worked from dead specimens.
Art and science at the time were not separate disciplines, and Struyck was actually neither professional artist, nor scientist. He was a noted mathematician and made these highly skilled amateur drawings as a hobby.
Four Beetles and a Flying Stink Bug, 1715, Nicolaas Struyck, Dutch, pen and black ink, watercolor, gouache, gold paint with white gouache heightening, and pen and brown iron-gall ink. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Speakeasy: The Golden Scarab
@ the Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Thursday, April 4, 2013