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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
Formation   Akashi, Kelly   Chromogenic crystallograph in aluminum artist's frame  2021 
Forward in the Defense of the Urals!   Apsit, Aleksander   Poster reproduction  1919, printed 1967 
Defend Petrograd with Your Own Life!   Apsit, Aleksander   Poster reproduction  1919, printed 1967 
Untitled (Badlands)   Aranda, Juventino   Oil on wool Pendleton blanket  2018 
Bamboo No.24   Bard, Gayle   Letterpress and lithograph  1994 
Clinkers   Berk, Leo Saul   Duratrans on sculptural lightbox  2012 
Specular Reflections   Berk, Leo Saul   Glass, black pond dye  2015 
Wind Jangle   Berk, Leo Saul   Aluminum, fishing line, weights  2015 
Bamboo No.8   Bishop, Jeffrey   Letterpress and lithograph  1993 
Bamboo No.9   Blocker, Mare   Letterpress and linocut  1994 
Baby Blue   Boafo, Amoako   Oil on canvas  2021 
Three Slices   Boafo, Amoako   Oil on canvas  2021 
Pink on Black Group   Bradford, Katherine   Acrylic on canvas  2022 
Chemically Tanned   Bremner, Alison   Latex paint on deer hide with horsehair  2017 
Waves Floater   Britto, Romero   Acrylic paint and oil pen on canvas  2017 
Tradition as Adaptive Strategy   Browning, Matt   Tree sap and carved wood  2010 
Landscape #7   Browning, Matt   Tree sap on handmade wood panel  2012 
Emollients: Ingram's, Marinello's, Purola, Velvatone   Bruch, Cris   Blown glass  2016 
Eidolon   Bruch, Cris   Aluminum composite  2015 
Ecdysis   Butler, Ishmael   Audio, 24:51 min.  2015 
Untitled   Calderon, Mark   Book spine repair tape  2012 
Bamboo No.15   Chacona, George   Letterpress and print  1994 
Comrade Lenin Sweeps Away the Filth of the World   Cheremnykh, Mikhail and Viktor Deni   Poster reproduction  1920, printed 1967 
Bamboo No.12   Chew, C.T.   Letterpress and print  1994 
Ear (Good)   Chowdhury, Srijon   Oil on linen  2022 

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