Skip to Content
Admission is always free Directions
The Gallery is closed today

Recent Acquisitions

Release Date: March 12, 2020

María Berrío, A Sunburst Restrained, 2019, collage with Japanese paper and watercolor on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Erika and John Toussaint.

María Berrío
A Sunburst Restrained, 2019
collage with Japanese paper and watercolor on canvas
152.4 x 182.9 cm (60 x 72 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Erika and John Toussaint
2020.2.1
Press image available

The Gallery has acquired its first work by Colombian artist María Berrío (b. 1982), who is known for her luminous collages of Japanese papers painted with watercolor. She arranges the collages to depict female figures in spaces of refuge and imagined utopias that incorporate the cultural influences and flora of South America.

In A Sunburst Restrained (2019) two female figures recline in a tiled setting. A fluid pink ground fills the bottom third of the composition, over which a branch full of leaves and lemons appears, cutting across the foreground and cropped by the bottom edge of the canvas. The artist attributes her inspiration for this work to Pablo Neruda’s poem "Ode to a Lemon," which links the greatness of celestial light to the modest but life-affirming form of a lemon. Berrío has imbued her rendering of the two women and the lemons with such barely contained vitality and light.

 

Barbara Morgan, American Document ('Puritan Love Duet' with Erick Hawkins), 1938, gelatin silver prin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, R. K. Mellon Family Foundation

Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, American Document ("Puritan Love Duet" with Erick Hawkins), 1938
gelatin silver print
image/sheet: 33.8 x 27.2 cm (13 5/16 x 10 11/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
R. K. Mellon Family Foundation
2020.4.1
Press image available

The Gallery has acquired a photograph by Barbara Morgan (1900–1992) of pioneering American choreographer and dancer Martha Graham. Morgan met Graham in 1935 and embarked upon a series of photographs of Graham and her dance company. Graham created a series of dances based on American subjects, including American Document, which incorporated episodes from American history set to music by Ray Green and accompanied by spoken quotations from historical documents. Martha Graham, American Document (“Puritan Love Duet” with Erick Hawkins) (1938) shows Graham in one section of the dance, “Puritan Love Duet,” with Hawkins, the first male dancer to appear with Graham’s company. Morgan’s photograph joins one other photograph and two prints by the artist in the Gallery's collection.

 

Release Date: January 16, 2020

Oliver Lee Jackson, Triptych (3.20.15, 5.21.15, 6.8.15), 2015, applied felt, chalk, alkyd paint, and mixed media on wood panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Oliver Lee Jackson
Triptych (3.20.15, 5.21.15, 6.8.15), 2015
applied felt, chalk, alkyd paint, and mixed media on wood panel
overall (each of three panels): 241.3 × 182.88 cm (95 × 72 in.)
framed (height, each of three panels): 246.38 cm (97 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Purchased with funds from the Glenstone Foundation
2019.143.1
Press image available

The Gallery has acquired one of Oliver Lee Jackson's (b. 1935) most remarkable works, the large Triptych (3.20.15, 5.21.15, 6.8.15) (2015), consisting almost entirely of colored felt cut and applied to board. In each panel, dark forms suggesting figures or parts of figures seem to move, dance, or run in and through fields of light blue, orange, pink, green, and white. Figurative references—looming heads and recumbent bodies—are also contained within the fields of color. The imagery, with its simultaneous suggestions of joy and intense energy, dance and flight, echoes thematic material that has permeated Jackson's career, from the dynamism of his works of the 1970s inspired by newspaper photographs of the 1960 massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa, to persistent themes of a grand dance evoking a sense of spectacle and ritual. While collage and cut-outs have a long history in 20th-century art, Jackson's embrace of felt, which he values for its saturated color and optical neutrality, is distinctive. He folds and overlaps the cloth to create sensations of depth that complicate (without ever contradicting) the inherent flatness of the materials.

Triptych joins four paintings by Jackson that are already in the collection, expanding the Gallery's holdings of the work of this powerful modern American artist.

 

Press Contact:
Laurie Tylec, (202) 842-6355 or [email protected]

 

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
 
For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
 
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

Newsletters

FOR JOURNALISTS:
Sign up here to receive the latest news briefs from the National Gallery of Art Communications Office.

GENERAL PUBLIC:
The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Acquisition Announcements

Press Contact

Laurie Tylec
(202) 842-6355
[email protected]

Questions from members of the media may be directed to the Department of Communications at (202) 842-6353 or [email protected]

The public may call (202) 737-4215 or visit www.nga.gov for more information about the National Gallery of Art.

RSS (NEWS FEED)
http://www.nga.gov/content/dam/ngaweb/press/rss/press_feed.xml