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Notable Acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vol. 30, no. 1
Spring 2004
In print
Softcover $16.95
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The culmination of a two-part project, this issue ofMuseum Studies takes an extended look at recent, important acquisitions by the Art Institute of Chicago’s departments of American Arts; Architecture; Asian Art; European Painting; and Prints and Drawings. Bringing the museum’s collecting activities into wide public view, it showcases over 40 notable works handpicked by Art Institute curators and the museum’s director and president James N. Wood.

Together with its companion issue, which was published in fall 2003, this publication explores art works acquired between 1992 and 2003, years that have brought significant additions to every area of the Art Institute’s holdings. On its own, it surveys an impressive array of objects, including a glittering Empire card table from early-19th-century New York; a fragment of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1923); and important paintings and works on paper by artists as diverse as Lee Krasner, Edvard Munch, Ni Zan, and Rembrandt van Rijn. Illuminated by striking, full-color reproductions and a lively, accessible text, this is an indispensible guide to the newest and finest the Art Institute has to offer.

Table of Contents:

Gail A. Pearson 
Introduction and Acknowledgments 
James N. Wood 
American Arts 
Asian Art 
European Painting 
Prints and Drawings 

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2004 
8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 96 pages; 68 illustrations 
Softcover ISBN 0-86559-209-8