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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
Brooks Range   Henry, Mary   Colored pencil on paper  1975 
North Slope #15, Kuparuk   Henry, Mary   Colored pencil on paper  1975 
Du jaroj da seksa perforto kontrau virinaj Egiptaj manifestaciantoj, kaj jam ni portas trancilojn en la stratoj...   Lesperance, Ellen   Gouache and graphite on tea-stained paper  2014 
Eat Frye's Baby Beef   Steinbrueck, Victor   Pen and ink on paper  1973 
Sketch for The Pig Went Down to the Harbor and Wept #3   Woodring, Jim   Pencil and acrylic ink on paper  2016 
The Pig Went Down to the Harbor and Wept #6   Woodring, Jim   Acrylic ink on paper  2016 
Red Car   Rivers, Gene   Chalk pastel on illustration board  ca. 1988 
Untitled [Uli figure from New Ireland, Melanesia, early 20th century]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Pencil and ink on paper  ca. 1967-68 


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