The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has acquired 10 artworks, it was announced at a weekend gala.
Some $3.1 million was raised for acquisitions at this year’s Collectors Committee fete, which was hosted by radio and television megastar Ryan Seacrest.
Organizers said it was especially significant that the majority of the artworks proposed for acquisition this year were created by female artists. Several of the pieces are African.
The 10 chosen artworks will become part of the permanent collection at LACMA, the publicly-owned art museum that is regarded as one of the finest collections of classical, oriental and other art in North America.
Before the event started, Los Angeles agricultural industrialists Stewart and Lynda Resnick announced donation of Betye Saar’s “I’ll Bend But I Will Not Break,” a mixed media piece.
It was earlier described by critic Nancy Kaye Turner as “a vintage, weather beaten wooden ironing board, a rusted late 19th century pressing iron — shackled to the ironing board, and a pristine monogrammed sheet hanging from a clothesline with four clothespins and a gold monogram with the ignominious initials `KKK’.”
Martha Boto’s “Optique H’licoidal (Mouvement)” was made possible through a gift from Gayle and Tim DeVries. It is a kinetic plastic sculpture.
“Each year, the Collectors Committee presents a full and exciting weekend designed to support the museum’s permanent collection through new acquisitions,* said Ann Colgin, a museum trustee and chair of the committee. “I am grateful to the outstanding Friday evening hosts, chefs, and vintners for preparing incredible dining experiences, the curators for their inspiring presentations, and the committee members whose continued support and generosity make this event possible each year.”
The two-day affair included presentations from museum curators, private dinners at the homes of major LACMA supporters and a gala dinner where members voted on artworks to add to the museum’s permanent collection. The event was underwritten by Cartier.