We love to keep up with living artists who are important to the Nasher Museum. Their work always stands out in the contemporary art world. We are still learning about each artist’s history and try to see everything they’re making now.
We are thrilled with the National Academy‘s announcement that artists Mark Bradford, Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and Fred Wilson were elected to join its ranks. All of these artists have important works in the Nasher Museum’s collection, on view here in recent years. The 1975 painting Bahsir (Robert Gowens) by Barkley L. Hendricks is on view now in Pavilion III.
The Studio Museum in Harlem just opened a solo show of Robert Pruitt‘s “cosmic, cool” Women. Visitors to the Nasher Museum saw his Conté crayon work on paper (below) in the Recent Acquisitions installation this spring and summer.
TOP: Barkley L. Hendricks, Bahsir (Robert Gowens), 1975. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 83 1/2 x 66 in. (212.1 x 167.6 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Jack Neely. 2007.5.1.
ABOVE: Robert Pruitt, Flux, 2011. Conté, charcoal, and gold leaf on hand-dyed paper Image/sheet: 50 x 28 in. (127 x 71.1 cm). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Museum purchase. 2011.7.1.
Photos by J Caldwell.