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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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Dimitrii S. Moor
Poster reproduction
1920, printed 1967

Hit the Whites with the Red Wedge!

Lazar Lisitski
Poster reproduction
1918, printed 1967

The Devil’s Puppet

Dimitrii S. Moor
Poster reproduction
1920, printed 1967

The Final Hour

Unknown
Poster reproduction
1920, printed 1967

1917 – October – 1920

Unknown
Poster reproduction
1920, printed 1967

Literacy Is the Road to Communism

Unknown
Poster reproduction
1920, printed 1967

Help!

Dimitrii S. Moor
Poster reproduction
1921, printed 1967

Remember the Starving!

Ivan Simakov
Poster reproduction
1921, printed 1967

Bloody Sunday!

Unknown
Poster reproduction
ca.1917-1929, printed 1967

Who’s an Anti-Semite?

Unknown
Poster reproduction
1927, printed 1967

Help! – Enlist in the Ranks of MOPR!

Viktor Deni
Poster reproduction
1928, printed 1967

Wind Jangle

Leo Berk
Aluminum, fishing line, weights
2015

Specular Reflections

Leo Berk
Glass spheres, black pond dye
2015

Untitled

Hans Dahl
Oil on canvas
1883-1915

El Sisifo (The Sisyphus)

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Three-channel digital video (color, sound); 12 min.
2015