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Carnegie Museum of Art acquires additional works by International artists


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Carnegie Museum of Art has announced a second round of collection acquisitions from artists represented in the 2013 Carnegie International. This is the second of three planned rounds of purchases; the first was in December. The third will likely occur after the large global exhibition of contemporary art closes March 16.

The most recent purchases include a painting and a sculpture by Carnegie Prize winner Nicole Eisenman. "Prince of Swords," a plaster, wood, burlap, ceramic and crystal figure slumped over his smartphone that is now exhibited in the Hall of Sculpture. "Ariana's Salon," an 82-by-65-inch oil on canvas, is not on view. An additional six gelatin silver prints from the "Faces and Phases" series of Fine Prize recipient Zanele Muholi will complement the six images in the first acquisition round.

Other newly acquired works include: Ei Arakawa and Henning Bohl's video "Helena and Miwako" and installation components; Mark Leckey's video "Pearl Vision"; "Untitled (Horizontal roller blind and red 60cm. aluminum level)" by Gabriel Sierra, not on view; Frances Stark's inkjet print on paper and video projection "Bobby Jesus's Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention Is Free" and three dye transfer prints from the series "American Prospects," not on view; and six chromogenic prints from the series "Sweet Earth" by Joel Sternfeld.

In addition to Ms. Muholi, work by three other artists were acquired in both rounds. They are a graphite drawing by Paulina Olowska, "Hatter, Actress From a Puppet Theater," not on view; Wade Guyton's "Carcass Ocho," not on view; and Zoe Strauss' "Homesteading." The latter two were gifts of the artists.

Met curator talk

A preview party for the exhibition "An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Painting" will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze ($12, members $10; reservations recommended). Represented are important 18th- and 19th-century artists including the Peale family, Impressionists Childe Hassam and Theodore Robinson, and members of the Hudson River School.

A free public lecture, "Behind the Scenes at the Met -- New Galleries of American Art," will be given at 1 p.m. Saturday by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown curator of American paintings and sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum's comprehensive collection of American art was installed in 26 expanded, reconceived galleries in 2012. Ms. Kornhauser will speak about the project with an emphasis on the Hudson River School paintings gallery endowed by Jack and Susan Warner. Prior to joining the Met in 2010, Ms. Kornhauser served at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., for 26 years, most recently as chief curator and Krieble curator of American paintings and sculpture.

Information: 412-371-0600 or www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org.

Maxo Vanka murals

"Cocktails & Conservation: An Evening to Celebrate and Support the Preservation of Maxo Vanka's Millvale Masterpiece" will be held March 7 at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, 24 Maryland Ave., Millvale. The event will be enlivened by the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, the Keystone Adult Tamburitzans and chef Charles A. Smith II of The Culinary Artist Gourmet Catering Group.

The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka is entering Phase II of the conservation project. Restoration and cleaning will begin with Crucifixion (1937) and Justice (1941). Six of the 22 murals, which in total cover 11,000 square feet, have been completed, and almost $500,000 has been raised since 2009. Cleaning the remaining murals and the design and implementation of an illumination strategy are Phase II goals.

The project's lead conservator, Rikke Foulke of Foulke Fine Art Conservation, and Rob Long, principal and creative director of Clear Story, will make short presentations including a lighting demonstration.

A patrons reception with the conservators begins at 5:30 p.m. for contributing sponsors, $100 and above. A general reception begins at 6 p.m.; tickets are $50. Both include cocktails, the program and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.vankamurals.org or by mail to 24 Maryland Ave., Pittsburgh 15209 (make checks payable to SPMMMV).


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.

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