JULY 22-OCTOBER 8, 2000
STATE OF THE ART: RECENT GIFTS AND ACQUISITIONS
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70 years, the Walker has sought to represent the diversity and vitality
of the art of our time. Today, this focus places the museum among the top
institutions in the country collecting contemporary art from the last half-century
and into the future. Many of the works added to its holdings each year join
old favorites in the permanent collection galleries, an exhibition that
rotates regularly. Still other acquisitions are seen in focused exhibitions
that examine artistic movements, specific themes, or individual artists'
careers. But how does the collection take shape? How does the Walker--an
art center in which film, video, performing arts, and new media coexist
comfortably with the visual arts--reflect its multidisciplinary nature in
its collecting practices?
The Walker makes it a priority to build its collection through strong
relationships with artists. This often leads to significantly in-depth
holdings of works representing the breadth of an individual's career.
A number of those included in this exhibition, such as Chuck Close, Jasper
Johns, and Ellsworth Kelly, have had their artwork in various media collected
by the Walker since the early stages of their careers. The museum also
demonstrates its support for living artists by commissioning new pieces.
A large-scale photograph by Chicago-based Dawoud Bey was made as part
of his 1995 Walker residency. This commitment to artists often insures
that the work seen in the galleries is representative of current issues
and discussions, such as the painting by Chris Ofili (who made his U.S. museum
debut in the Walker's 1995 exhibition "Brilliant!" New Art from London),
a young, U.K.-based artist at the center of the controversy around Sensation,
a show mounted this past year at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York.
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