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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
Trap   Linklater, Duane   Powder-coated trap, mirror, gypsum board, plywood, steel wall studs  2016 
Lot 248 (still)   Siegel, Amie   Cibachrome print  2013 
Dress for Success   Nestler, Rose   Leather, thread, batting, grommets, hooks   2018 
Strange Business   Nestler, Rose   Two-channel digital video (color, silent): 20 min.  2017-18 
Egungun   Smith, Cauleen   Archival pigment print  2015 
Untitled #041220   Reskala, Georgina   Gelatin silver print  2017 
Untitled (Badlands)   Aranda, Juventino   Oil on wool Pendleton blanket  2018 
Untitled   Yamahira, Ko Kirk   Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood  2019 
To a Flame   White, Anthony   PLA (plastic) on panel  2019 
this trembling turf (the shallows)   Peters, Mary Ann   White ink  2018 
Snowflake Drawing #5 (Double Lotus Pod)   Mitchell, Jeffry   Graphite, ink, carbon transfer, and watercolor on paper  2018 
From Sea to Dawn   Haerizadeh, Ramin, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian   Digital video (color, silent); 6:21 min.  2016 
If Marco Polo Brought the Pasta Meme to Europe from China, He didn't Need to be a Pasta Chef but all he Had to do was to Disperse the Meme in the Environment and Other Humans Infected by it, Would Express it in their Behaviour   Haerizadeh, Rokni   Gesso, watercolor and ink on printed paper  2017-18 
Portrait of a woman   Hickmann, Fritz   Oil on canvas mounted to board  1855 
Brooks Range   Henry, Mary   Colored pencil on paper  1975 
North Slope #15, Kuparuk   Henry, Mary   Colored pencil on paper  1975 
Birmingham (left)   Ojih Odutola, Toyin   Four-color lithograph with gold leaf  2014 
Birmingham (center)   Ojih Odutola, Toyin   Four-color lithograph with gold leaf  2014 
Birmingham (right)   Ojih Odutola, Toyin   Four-color lithograph with gold leaf  2014 
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 
Adam and Eve Dressed   Hopper, Janette K.   Linocut  1996 
Inside the Tent   Fejes, Claire   Oil on canvas  ca. 1976 
Kahhoaruk of Noatak   Fejes, Claire   Watercolor on paper  1963 
Sewing Mukluks   Fejes, Claire   Etching  n.d. 
Mädchen mit Guitare (Girl with Guitar)   Schneider-Blumberg, Bernhard   Oil on canvas  1914 

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