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Notable Acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vol. 35, no. 2
Fall 2009
In print
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Featuring more than 40 objects handpicked by President and Eloise W. Martin Director James Cuno, this special issue of Museum Studiescontinues our ongoing commitment to lovingly bring the museum’s collecting activities into public view. The publication takes an extended look at important acquisitions made by the museum’s curatorial departments from 2007 to 2009, surveying a dazzling range of examples by artists both ancient and modern.

Among the works highlighted are a Maya vessel with bird and peccary heads that is over 1,700 years old; a 12th-century Japanese sutra scroll, painted in gold and silver, in its original wrapper; the Whitfield Cup, made in 1590 from an ostrich egg by English silversmith John Spilman; a vivacious watercolor from 18th-century Rajasthan, which depicts a princely procession that includes a magnificent elephant; Alvan Fisher’s painting The Prairie on Fire, the museum’s first acquisition bythis significant early American landscapist; Earthly Paradise, a sideboard carved and painted by Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard; and a spectacular snake headdress in painted wood from late-19th-century Guinea. The 20th- and 21st-century works are equally spectacular and varied. They include a propaganda poster by Soviet artist Viktor Klutsis; Ellsworth Kelly’s shimmering Tableau Vert; Yves Béhar’s award-winning XO Laptop for the One Laptop Per Child program; and Hinoki, an imposing sculpture by contemporary American artist Charles Ray, on view in the museum’s new Modern Wing. Enlivened by generous, full-color reproductions and an engaging, accessible text, this is an indispensable guide to the newest and finest that the Art Institute has to offer.

Table of Contents:

Foreword and Acknowledgments 
James Cuno 
African and Amerindian Art 
American Art 
Architecture and Design 
Contemporary Art 
European Decorative Arts 
Medieval Through Modern European Painting and Sculpture 
Prints and Drawings 

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2009 
8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 96 pages; 56 color illustrations 
Softcover ISBN: 978-0-865-59236-0