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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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Waves Floater

Romero Britto
Acrylic paint and oil pen on canvas
2017

Landscape #7

Matt Browning
Tree sap on handmade wood panel
2012

Eidolon

Cris Bruch
Aluminum composite
2015

Ecdysis

Ishmael Butler
Audio, 24:51 min.
2015

Untitled

Mark Calderon
Book spine repair tape
2012

Bamboo No.15

George Chacona
Letterpress and print
1994

Bamboo No.12

C.T. Chew
Letterpress and print
1994

Untitled

Fritz Chwala
Oil on canvas
n.d.

Bamboo No.4

Mrs. Crispwick
Letterpress and lithograph
1993