The Nasher Sculpture Center announced several recent donations to the collection: five large-scale works by contemporary artists Jeff Gibbons, Nicolas Party, Kathleen Ryan, Arlene Shechet and Bosco Sodi.
The works were donated to the Nasher Sculpture Center by various private donors.
Jeff Gibbons is the latest Texas-based artist to join the collection, a significant addition to recent acquisitions of other works by artists working in the state, such as Xxavier Edward Carter and Kristen Cochran, the Nasher Sculpture Center said.
Gibbons’ work is called BOBO (Boat OAR (Oceanic Auto-Reclaimer)). It is built using air organ, chair, ball, mushroom, foam, digital print, thumbtacks, matchbook and a string.
According to the Nasher Sculpture Center, the piece was acquired with the support of Charles Dee Mitchell.
Donations of works by Kathleen Ryan and Arlene Shechet expand the representation of women artists in the collection, while Bosco Sodi’s piece is the artist’s second to enter the collection.
Kathleen Ryan’s Jackie sculpture, a giant jewel-encrusted pumpkin, is currently on display in the gallery of the Nasher store until November 28, 2021. The piece was made in azurite-malachite, lapis lazuli, agate, black onyx, breccia jasper, moss agate, malachite, calcite, labradorite, rose quartz, smoky quartz, jade ching hai, red aventurine, carnelian, citrine, amethyst, quartz, acrylic, polystyrene, fiberglass, nails, steel and wood pins.
Jackie was acquired with support from the Girlfriend Fund, the Jerry & Terri Kohl Family Foundation, Alvaro and Melanie Leal, John & Jennifer Neff and Karma, New York, according to the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Arlene Shechet’s sculpture, titled Deep Listening, is made of glazed ceramic, wood and paint. The Nasher Sculpture Center said the piece was a gift from the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles in honor of Bonnie Pittman.
The untitled sculpture by Bosco Sodi is made of clay and was a gift from the artist and the Kasmin Gallery, New York, in remembrance of Paul Kasmin.
According to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Nicolas Party TBC’s sculpture (Head) draws on the exploration of the figurative form of the original Nasher Collection, particularly the busts.
Party’s work was done using acrylic and oil on a fiberglass shell and high density polyurethane foam. The piece was acquired with support from the Green Family Art Foundation, the Nasher Sculpture Center said.
“The gifts of these important works of sculpture to the Nasher Collection are formidable, as they each enrich understanding of the future of sculpture while also highlighting the deep connections to traditions of the past still at play in current artistic practice. Manager Jeremy told Strick. “We are extremely grateful to the benefactors who made these acquisitions possible, and we look forward to presenting these new works to the public.”