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2019: A Year in Review

December 15, 2019
Bill Viola
John Gerrard
Unidentified workshop
John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), 2017, 2019, inkjet print on paper. © John Gerrard, photo by John Gerrard.

In 2019, the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation acquired 80 artworks across the fields of Digital and Electronic Art, Spanish Colonial Art, Post-War Painting and Sculpture, and Japanese Bamboo. We have an active acquisition program that we exhibit publicly and loan to museums and institutions across the country, and are proud to announce several artworks acquired over the past year.


SELECT ACQUISITION HIGHLIGHTS

Digital art

Bill Viola, Catherine’s Room (detail), 2001, five-channel video on monitors. © Bill Viola Studio LLC, video still by Bill Viola.

Catherine’s Room, a 2001 five-channel video by Bill Viola, chronicles a day in the private life of a woman at home. This artwork was recently exhibited at the Barnes Foundation.


ART OF THE SPANISH AMERICAS

Unidentified artist (Bolivia), Our Lady of Copacabana, 18th century, oil and gold on embossed and engraved copper with inlaid mica. Photo by Jaime Eguiguren.

Our Lady of Copacabana, an 18th century oil painting with gold by an unidentified artist, ornamentally depicts the Virgin as the patron saint of the Canary Islands.


ART OF THE SPANISH AMERICAS

Unidentified artist (Quito, Ecuador), Saint Joseph and the Christ Child (detail), late-18th century, oil and gold on canvas. Photo by Alacalá Subastas.

Saint Joseph and Christ Child, an 18th century painting by an unidentified artist, shows an affectionate embrace between the Holy Child and Saint Joseph.


JAPANESE BAMBOO

Ranpōsai Noguchi, Furusato no uta (Song of Home), madake and rattan. © Ranpōsai Noguchi, photo by Sekisen Mizutani.

Furusato no uta is a vessel created by Ranpōsai Noguchi, a bamboo artist known for being one of the first to push the media from formal, traditional vessels into more sculptural art objects.


ELECTRONIC ART

John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), 2017, 2019, inkjet print on paper. © John Gerrard, photo by John Gerrard.

John Gerrard‘s print Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017 digitally simulates a memorial flag constructed like an oil rig on the site of the first rig of the U.S. oil boom.


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John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), 2017, 2019, inkjet print on paper. © John Gerrard, photo by John Gerrard.