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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 five 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
Untitled   Yamahira, Ko Kirk   Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood  2019 
Pink on Black Group   Bradford, Katherine   Acrylic on canvas  2022 
Stylite Altarpiece   Seifu, Eden   Acrylic on canvas   2022 
Study for 2x4 with yellow fill   Livingston, Margie   Acrylic with steel wall mount/shelf  2011 
Butterfly   Ramirez, Bony   Acrylic, soft oil pastel, color pencil, wallpaper, metal chain, dried coconuts  2021 
Madrone + Mullan   Wechsler, Sadie   Archival inkjet print in madrone artist's frame  2021 
Egungun   Smith, Cauleen   Archival pigment print  2015 
Breathless #6   Jones, Jennie C.   Audio tape from the 1992 Kenny-G recording “Breathless”, under plexiglass    2008 
Ground of Ground   Harvey IV, Harry Gould   Black walnut from the Delano Sawmill, white oak from Prudence Island, MDF, colored pencil, charcoal, gouache, and pigments of goldenrod, Aronia Viking chokecherry, and rose petals  2022 
Feast   Webb, Dan   Carved fir  2006 
Sister Totem   Dingus, Marita   Ceramic and mixed media  2023 
Formation   Akashi, Kelly   Chromogenic crystallograph in aluminum artist's frame  2021 
Lot 248 (still)   Siegel, Amie   Cibachrome print  2013 
Venus Jar 4: My Mothers   O’Leary, Hanako   Clay  2020 
Gingko   Bennett, Gretchen Frances   Color pencil on paper  2023 
Black Face Red Bone with Black Bob   Self, Tschabalala   Colored pencil, acrylic paint, gouache, charcoal, graphite on archival inkjet print  2021 
Black Face with Wide Chest   Self, Tschabalala   Colored pencil, acrylic paint, gouache, charcoal, graphite on archival inkjet print  2021 
Baby   Ball, Natalie   Cotton cloth, twine, clay, leather, metal jingles, deer legs, and shoes   2018 
From Sea to Dawn   Haerizadeh, Ramin, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian   Digital video (color, silent); 6:21 min.  2016 
Silent Clusterfuck (Pyrite –fake gold)   Jones, Jennie C.   Earbuds and acrylic    2008 
Fu Dogs   Mitchell, Jeffry   Earthenware with luster glaze  2005 
Untitled #041220   Reskala, Georgina   Gelatin silver print  2017 
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 
Trefoil Looking Glass   ESTAR(SER), with special acknowledgment to the Committee on Vitreous Phenomena (Justin Ginsberg and Anna Riley)   Glass, with custom made iron and wood stand  n.d. 
Solid Citizen   Jackson Hutchins, Jessica   Glazed ceramic  2008 

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