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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
Help! – Enlist in the Ranks of MOPR!   Deni, Viktor   Poster reproduction  1928, printed 1967 
Workers of the World, Unite! – Everyone to the Polls to Elect the Soviets   Unknown   Poster reproduction  ca.1927, printed 1967 
Anti-Semitism Is Deliberate Counterrevolution – The Anti-Semite Is Our Class Enemy   Tyshler, Aleksandr   Poster reproduction  1929, printed 1967 
Who’s an Anti-Semite?   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1927, printed 1967 
Bloody Sunday!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  ca.1917-1929, printed 1967 
The Workers and Lenin Were United in the Smoke of Their Gunpowder: the Revolution of 1905   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1926, printed 1967 
You Are Still Not a Member of the Cooperative? – Join at Once!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  ca.1917-1929, printed 1967 
Women Workers and Peasants: To the Polls, All of You! From Ranks with the Men Under the Red Banner. Let Us Terrify the Bourgeoisie!   Valerianov, Nikolai   Poster reproduction  1925, printed 1967 
Books (Please)! In All Branches of Knowledge   Rodchenko, Alexander   Poster reproduction  1924, printed 1967 
Young Leninists Are the Children if Ilych   Isenberg, I.   Poster reproduction  1924, printed 1967 
After Smashing Capitalism, the Proletariat Will Smash Prostitution   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1923, printed 1967 
Remember the Starving!   Simakov, Ivan   Poster reproduction  1921, printed 1967 
Help!   Moor, Dimitrii S.   Poster reproduction  1921, printed 1967 
Literacy Is the Road to Communism   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
November 7, the First Sunny Day in the Life of the Proletariat   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
1917 – October – 1920   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
The Final Hour   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
Second Anniversary of the Vsevobuch – Train Yourself and Learn to Defend Freedom!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
Long Live the Third Communist International!   Ivanov, Sergei   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
Comrade Lenin Sweeps Away the Filth of the World   Cheremnykh, Mikhail and Viktor Deni   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
The Devil’s Puppet   Moor, Dimitrii S.   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
The Mercenary Petliura Has Sold Out the Ukraine to the Polish Landed Gentry. The Polish Nobles Have Burned and Sacked the Ukraine. Death to the Polish Nobles and to Petliura’s Followers!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
1) If We Do Not Finish Off the White Guard - 2) The White Guard Will Regain Its Footing - 3) If We Out an End to the Pan and Fold Our Arms - 4) Wrangel Will Reach Out with His Hands to Strike the Worker - 5) As Long as the Red Banner IS Not Firmly Planted   Mayakovski, Vladimir   Poster reproduction  1919-20, printed 1967 
Hit the Whites with the Red Wedge!   Lissitzky, El   Poster reproduction  1918, printed 1967 
Cossack, Whose Side Are You On? Ours or Theirs?   Moor, Dimitrii S.   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 


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