Monday, Jun 13, 2016 - 9:45 am
Works featured in Prospect 2016 exhibition at MCASD La Jolla and voted on at Annual Selection Dinner

San Diego, CA—At the 2015 Selection Dinner on Wednesday, June 8, MCASD’s International Collectors and Contemporary Collectors voted to purchase new works by four artists for the Museum's Permanent Collection:

  • Ellsworth Kelly’s photograph, Trapeze Swings,Meschers
  • An oil on wood painting House in Kathemiya by Hayv Kahraman
  • Kim Jones’ assemblage, Marine Jacket
  • A photographic installation comprised ofWallpaper andRock ‘n Roll 70 by Gillian Wearing

These acquisitions are on view at MCASD La Jolla through September 4 as part of the exhibition Prospect 2016, which features all six of the works that were under consideration, as chosen by the Museum’s Curatorial staff. 

The Annual Selection Dinner was well-attended with almost 100 Collectors present for the voting process, the Museum is tremendously grateful to these donors for their vital support of this mission critical endeavor, the collection of contemporary works of art.

The décor at the Selection Dinner was provided and styled by Tenfold Style; this firm’s conceptual designs, decorative stylings, and custom décor have graced the Museum’s events many times over the years and this institution is proud to have Tenfold Style’s long-term support.

About the Collectors

For the past 31 years, MCASD’s premier membership groups—the Contemporary Collectors and the International Collectors—have provided significant funds for the acquisition of new works for the Museum’s collection through their annual dues.

Each year, MCASD’s curatorial staff organizes an exhibition of works to be considered for acquisition by the Collectors, and these works are then selected by ballot at the Annual Selection Dinner, which was generously underwritten by Northern Trust. This year, Members reviewed works by Rachel Harrison, Kim Jones, Hayv Kahraman, Ellsworth Kelly, Hito Steyerl, and Gillian Wearing.

Thanks to the Collectors’ support, MCASD has added 117 works to its collection—works that were collectively purchased for approximately $3.7 million and that today are valued at approximately $14.6 million.

The support of the International and Contemporary Collectors has allowed MCASD’s curators to discover new artists, enrich the MCASD collection, and build an engaged and informed community of collectors in San Diego.
Contemporary Collectors is co-chaired by Michael & Lisette Farrell and David Guss & Susanne Lodl.

In addition to the Annual Selection Dinner, International and Contemporary Collector Members receive VIP access to all Museum exhibitions, art tours, lectures, literary, film, education, VIP passes to select International Art Fairs, and travel with the David C. Copley Director & CEO and Deputy Director, Arts and Programs to destinations nationally and internationally. For more information about joining the group, please contact Advancement Director Elizabeth Yang-Hellewell at eyanghellewell@mcasd.orgor 858 454 3541 x179.

About the Artists

From his performances and hybrid sculptures to his embellished photographs and elaborate war drawings, Kim Jones has addressed issues of mutation and transformation with a raw vitality for more than thirty years. In the mid-1970s, Jones emerged as part of California’s young performance art scene with his alter ego, Mudman. Donning a precarious sculpture fashioned of wooden branches and mud while wearing combat boots and a nylon stocking over his face, the artist staged benign, if unnerving, walks and interactions throughout the city. Part armature, part burden, the artist’s primitive structure evoked references to the Vietnam war, in which the artist fought from 1967-1968.

Hayv Kahraman’s paintings combine a wide range of influences, including Japanese, Persian, Arab, and European imagery, reflecting the artist’s abiding interests in geometry, space, and the body—as well as her own personal history. Born in Baghdad, Kahraman and her family left Iraq during the Gulf War and settled in Stockholm, Sweden. Her largescale paintings often explore issues of identity and migration, invoking the tensions of living and working in the West as an immigrant from the Middle East. The artist appropriates the art historical nude and renders it after her own body. Such strategies trouble Western notions of beauty, gender, and identity. The artist’s works sometimes incorporate military imagery and references, pointing to the political issues faced both by immigrants and those living in the Middle East.

One of the most renowned abstract artists of the 20th century, Ellsworth Kelly abandoned traditional strategies of composition to create innovative explorations of color and form, as exemplified in his 1963 painting Red Blue Green.This cornerstone in MCASD’s holdings of minimalist painting combines three colors in varied sizes and shapes—none of which dominate the canvas—to achieve an overall balance of figure and ground. Throughout his career, Kelly used photography to capture abstract visions that he then explored through his painting. These photographs draw from the world around him, revealing the everyday influences on the abstract compositions that define his work. Indeed, many of his photographs served as direct inspiration for his works on canvas.

Since the 1990s, Gillian Wearing’s photographic and video art has addressed issues of identity and self-awareness: what we construct, reveal, and conceal about ourselves. Wearing, who received the prestigious Turner Prize in 1997, came to attention with her series, SignsThat Say What You Want Them to Say and Not SignsThatSay What Someone Else Wants You to Say. These photographs of people in the street holding hand-written statements bear a quality of confession and proclamation. In later work, Wearing solicited people to “confess all on video.” The subjects wore masks as they recounted their private, often harrowing, stories. Wearing evokes self-awareness and emotional honesty in her subjects, if also voyeuristic intrigue in her viewers. Over time, the London-based artist’s work has become a kind of bellwether of pop-culture trends, from social media status updates to reality television.

For interviews with an MCASD Curator, or images of the selected artworks, please contact Communications Associate Patricia B. Dwyer or Communications and Marketing Manager Leah Straub.

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO of MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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