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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
Bamboo No.18   Noah, Barbara   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.19   Struck, Rebecca   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.20   Jones, Fay   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 
Bamboo No.21   Spafford, Michael   Letterpress and woodcut  1994 
Bamboo No.22   Guzak, Karen   Letterpress and print  1994 
Bamboo No.23   Tsutakawa, George   Letterpress and Sumi ink  1994 
Bamboo No.24   Bard, Gayle   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 
Bamboo No.25   Law, Carolyn   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 
Bamboo No.26   Mee, Nancy   Letterpress and print  1994 
Waves Floater   Britto, Romero   Acrylic paint and oil pen on canvas  2017 
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 
Karla Kay Keeley   Fullmer, Ray   Oil on canvas  ca. 1952-57 
Untitled [Six dogs]   Verboeckhoven, Eugène-Joseph   Oil on panel  1858 
Mt. McKinley from the Headwaters of the Talkeetna River, Alaska   Laurence, Sydney   Oil on canvas  1918 
Shepherd in the Hills   Rosa, Salvator (attributed to)   Oil on linen  n.d. 
Our Blood Is In These Stones: Ama-Ibi Wokoma   Wokoma, Inye   Digital print  2016 
Our Blood Is In These Stones: Daye Wokoma   Wokoma, Inye   Digital print  2016 
Our Blood Is In These Stones: Versa Ruff   Wokoma, Inye   Digital print  2016 
Our Blood Is In These Stones: Yirim Seck   Wokoma, Inye   Digital print  2016 
This Is Who We Are   Wokoma, Inye   Two-channel digital video (color, sound): 16:13 min.   2016 
Dawn in Luxor   Joseph, Kahlil   16mm film transferred to two-channel digital video (color, sound); 4:1 min.  2016 
Alice™ (you don’t have to think about it)   Joseph, Kahlil   Digital video (color, sound); 18:41 min.  2016 
Eidolon   Bruch, Cris   Aluminum composite  2015 
Window Installation   Simpson, Buster   Archival inkjet print in artist-made frame  1974/2013 


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