Collections


Posted: December 15, 2019

2019: A Year in Review

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 ...

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Posted: January 9, 2018

Acquisition Highlight: Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints Dominic and Catherine of Siena

The practice of praying with a rosary began in twelfth century Europe, when it was said that the Virgin Mary herself had given the first rosary beads to Saint Dominic of Guzmán ...

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Posted: December 13, 2017

What is the Future of Digital Art?

As part of our mission to support and promote the ever-evolving field of digital art, the Thoma Foundation has interviewed leading thinkers—curators, writers, and conservators—who offer unique insight into the rewards and ...

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Posted: September 5, 2017

Acquisition Highlight: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Deep Contact

Since the 1970s, Lynn Hershman Leeson has been a major voice of Cyberfeminism, a field of art that critiques the role of technology in the representation of women’s bodies and identities in ...

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Posted: January 30, 2017

Acquisition Highlight: St. Francis Xavier

Born in Spain in 1506 to a noble Basque family, Francis Xavier was a companion of Ignatius of Loyola, and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus, a religious order better known ...

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Posted: January 10, 2017

Acquisition Highlight: Portrait of Joaquín Arias de Saavedra y Santa Cruz, 1785

A new addition to the Foundation’s collection of artwork from the Spanish colonial period, this nearly life-sized portrait depicts Joaquín Arias de Saavedra y Santa Cruz, 5th Marquis of Moscoso and 13th Count ...

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Posted: October 11, 2016

Acquisition Highlight: Eduardo Kac’s Tesão

Tesão by Eduardo Kac is an animation carried out in three acts that unfold to spell the artwork’s title, Portuguese slang for “horny.” Created when the artist was 24 years old, Tesão is a ...

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Posted: August 3, 2016

Connecting People: Jon Ippolito on Harold Cohen

Here’s one example of how our diverse art collection leads to connections between people and ideas: Jon Ippolito, the recipient of our 2015 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art to an established ...

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Posted: July 9, 2016

Acquisition Highlight: Laura Splan’s Squint

Recently acquired by the Foundation, Laura Splan’s Squint is a contemporary tapestry that bridges our Digital and Op Art collections. Squint is a work of optical art, in the sense that the artist’s eye behaviors are ...

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Posted: May 10, 2016

Acquisition Highlight: Nam June Paik’s TV Fish

When the Foundation acquired Nam June Paik’s TV Fish earlier this year, one of our first questions was “Who’s going to feed the fish?” Right away, however, it became clear that the piece is ...

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