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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
February 23, 1919 – The Red Army Is the Guardian of the Proletarian Revolution   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1919, printed 1967 
Mount Your Horses, Workers and Peasants! The Russian Cavalry Is the Guarantee of Victory   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1919, printed 1967 
Join the Red Cavalry!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
Long Live the Avant-Garde of the Revolution – The Red Fleet   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1919-20, 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 
Second Anniversary of the Vsevobuch – Train Yourself and Learn to Defend Freedom!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
The Final Hour   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
1917 – October – 1920   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
November 7, the First Sunny Day in the Life of the Proletariat   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
Literacy Is the Road to Communism   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
After Smashing Capitalism, the Proletariat Will Smash Prostitution   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1923, printed 1967 
You Are Still Not a Member of the Cooperative? – Join at Once!   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 
Bloody Sunday!   Unknown   Poster reproduction  ca.1917-1929, printed 1967 
Who’s an Anti-Semite?   Unknown   Poster reproduction  1927, printed 1967 
Workers of the World, Unite! – Everyone to the Polls to Elect the Soviets   Unknown   Poster reproduction  ca.1927, printed 1967 
Untitled [Portrait of an elderly woman]   Unknown, American   Oil on canvas  19th century 


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