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Recent Acquisitions

The Frye Art Museum continues to strategically build its collection through purchases and gifts, both deepening existing areas of strength and diversifying holdings to reflect the Museum’s expansive curatorial program and Seattle’s globalized present. Acquisitions of the last ten years demonstrate the Museum’s commitment to growing and contextualizing its distinctive historical collections of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American art while broadening its holdings of contemporary works to embrace previously underrepresented identities, perspectives, and forms of expression. To some extent, acquisitions mirror the Museum’s exhibition history, creating a material record of the institution’s engagement with local, national, and international artists and commemorating the special audience connection formed through temporary presentations. Contemporary artworks chosen for the collection often respond to or complicate the narratives around mediums and genres traditionally associated with the Frye, like painting, landscape, and portraiture.

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Title Artist Medium Date
Egungun   Smith, Cauleen   Archival pigment print  2015 
Eidolon   Bruch, Cris   Aluminum composite  2015 
Prole   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Digital video (color, sound); 8:48 min.   2015 
Occasional Poems   Zaher, Maged   Text installation  2015 
Frank in the 3rd Dimension   Woodring, Jim   3-D digital video (color, silent); 5:15 min.   2015 
Sonnet Manifesto   Mullin, Paul   Text installation  2015 
An Agnostic Manifesto   Hazleton, Lesley   Text installation  2015 
Be the First To Review The B83   Fisk, Steve   Four-channel audio installation  2015 
Eclipse Tower 1   Crowell, Web and Stacey Levine   Digital video of stop-motion animation (color, sound); 3:43 min.  2015 
Tsunami Capable Tide Stations > West Coast   Pan, DK   Digital video (color, sound); 38:58 min.  2015 
Avatar: Fanon & Decca   Ingram, C. Davida   Digital video (color, sound); 19:23 min.  2015 
Ecdysis   Butler, Ishmael   Audio, 24:51 min.  2015 
Wind Jangle   Berk, Leo Saul   Aluminum, fishing line, weights  2015 
Specular Reflections   Berk, Leo Saul   Glass spheres, black pond dye  2015 
El Sisifo (The Sisyphus)   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Three-channel digital video (color, sound); 12 min.  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #1   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #2   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #3   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #4   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #5   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #6   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #7   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #8   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #9   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 
Hedonic Reversal #10   Valenzuela, Rodrigo   Archival pigment print  2015 


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