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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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Bamboo No.18

Barbara Noah
Letterpress and print
1994

Bamboo No.19

Rebecca Struck
Letterpress and print
1994

Bamboo No.20

Fay Jones
Letterpress and lithograph
1994

Bamboo No.21

Michael Spafford
Letterpress and woodcut
1994

Bamboo No.22

Karen Guzak
Letterpress and print
1994

Bamboo No.23

George Tsutakawa
Letterpress and Sumi ink
1994

Bamboo No.24

Gayle Bard
Letterpress and lithograph
1994

Bamboo No.25

Carolyn Law
Letterpress and lithograph
1994

Bamboo No.26

Nancy Mee
Letterpress and print
1994

Waves Floater

Romero Britto
Acrylic paint and oil pen on canvas
2017

Karla Kay Keeley

Ray Fullmer
Oil on canvas
ca. 1952-57

This Is Who We Are

Inye Wokoma
Two-channel digital video (color, sound): 16:13 min.
2016

Dawn in Luxor

Kahlil Joseph
16mm film transferred to two-channel digital video (color, sound); 4:1 min.
2016

Alice™ (you don’t have to think about it)

Kahlil Joseph
Digital video (color, sound); 18:41 min.
2016

Eidolon

Cris Bruch
Aluminum composite
2015

Window Installation

Buster Simpson
Archival inkjet print in artist-made frame
1974/2013

Painted Silhouette

Buster Simpson
Archival inkjet print in artist-made frame
1974/2013

Street Action

Buster Simpson
Archival inkjet print in artist-made frame
1974/2013

Prole

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Digital video (color, sound); 8:48 min.
2015

Frank in the 3rd Dimension

Jim Woodring
3-D digital video (color, silent); 5:15 min.
2015

Be the First To Review The B83

Steve Fisk
Four-channel audio installation
2015

Eclipse Tower 1

Web Crowell and Stacey Levine
Digital video of stop-motion animation (color, sound); 3:43 min.
2015

Tsunami Capable Tide Stations > West Coast

DK Pan
Digital video (color, sound); 38:58 min.
2015

Avatar: Fanon & Decca

C. Davida Ingram
Digital video (color, sound); 19:23 min.
2015

Ecdysis

Ishmael Butler
Audio, 24:51 min.
2015

Join the Red Cavalry!

Unknown
Poster reproduction
1920, printed 1967