Friday 13 September 2013

Shonibare, Anatsui, Hazoumè, others swell U.S. museum’s collection

Four artists of African origins such as Nigerian-British, Yinka Shonibare {MBE}; Ghanaian and Nigeria-based El Anatsui; Porto Novo, Benin Republic-based Romuald Hazoumè; and South African, Mary Sibande have swelled the 2013 collection of Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, U.S.

Three of the artists' works, according to the museum
were purchased for TMA by a group of donors known as The Apollo Society.

Mary Sibande’s Rubber Soul, Monument of Aspiration {2011} an installation of cast resin, rubber, fiberglass, tulle and cotton {left}; and Homeless Child {2012}, mannequin, Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, fiberglass, globe head, steel base plate, leather suitcases, 106 1/16 x 25 3/16 x 39 1/8 in by Shonibare.
Some of the works include Homeless Child 2, a life-sized mannequin by Shonibare; another life-sized mannequin, by Sibande, covered in a khaki-colored dress; Anatsui's When I Last Wrote to You about Africa…; and Made In Porto Novo by Hazoumè.

From Asia comes a video Wall of Sea by a well-known Japanese painter and film artist Takashi Ishida, adding to the collection.

The works, it was disclosed, were purchased and donated to the Museum by Apollo Society members, Scott and Margy Trumbull and Dorothy Price. The Apollo Society, a 57-member group was founded 27 years ago. The group donates to museums every year. 

Associate director at the Museum and curator of modern and contemporary art, Amy Gilman was quoted saying; “One of the goals was to bring work into the collection by artists from areas of the world where the Museum had previously done little collecting”.

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