The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College received 170 works of contemporary art from an anonymous donor. The pieces span a range of formats and media from masters and emerging artists alike, including works by Mona Hatoum, David Hockney, Toba Khedoori, Ingrid Calame, Carroll Dunham, Robin Rhode, and Analia Saban, among many others. Selections from the gift will be shown at an exhibition titled Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts, which starts from September 10, 2019, and runs through July, 2020.
Three museums in Munich have restituted nine Nazi-looted pieces of art to the families of their original Jewish owners. The Bavarian State Painting Collections, the Bavarian National Museum, and the State Graphics Collection returned nine paintings, casts, and engravings in a ceremonial handoff to the heirs of Jewish collectors Julius and Semaya Franziska Davidsohn, after provenance research showed that they had been looted.
The Ogonquit Museum of American Art in Portland, Maine, has received a $2 million gift from one of its board members, Ann Ramsay-Jenkins. According to the museum, this is the largest donation it has gotten since since its founding gift, and the money will go toward its endowment and programming.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami received 46 artworks from Gordon W. Bailey, a collector who has given to the museum before. His latest gift includes work from artists like Sam Doyle, Thornton Dial, Clementine Hunter, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Minnie Evans, and Leroy Almon, spanning drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Seattle’s Frye Art Museum acquired four works by artists shown at the 2019 Seattle Art Fair. This follows a previous acquisition of two pieces from the art fair. The new pieces are “Snowflake Drawing #5 (Double Lotus Pod)” (2018), by Jeffry Mitchell; “Untitled” (2019), a multimedia piece by Ko Kirk Yamahira; “this trembling turf (the shallows)” (2018), by Mary Ann Peters; and “To a Flame” (2019), by Anthony White.
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has acquired photographer Tyler Mitchell‘s portrait of Beyoncé, originally taken for the cover of Vogue, for its personal collection. Mitchell was the first African American to shoot a Vogue cover, doing so for the magazine’s prestigious September issue in 2018. He was also one its youngest cover photographers ever when he did so at the age of 23.
The Christie’s Staff Art Show closed at a final receipt of $39,625, selling various works from Christie’s employers with proceeds going to the charity Sing For Hope. The top of the ticket: Maggie Moran’s oil painting “Welcome Spring,” which sold for $5,625.