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Notable Acquisitions at The Art Institute of Chicago

Vol. 32, no.1
Spring 2006
In print
Softcover $16.95
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Featuring more than forty objects handpicked by President and Eloise M. Martin Director James Cuno, this special issue of Museum Studiescontinues the Art Institute's ongoing attempt to bring its collecting activities into wide, public view. The publication takes an extended look at important acquisitions made by each of the museum's ten curatorial departments in 2004 and 2005, surveying a dazzling range of works by artists both ancient and modern, ranging from architectural models, rare books, and decorative arts to paintings, photographs, and digital video installations.

Among the objects highlighted are an imposing bronze ritual vessel from early ninth-century China; a delicately rendered sixteenth-century nativity scene by Fra Bartolommeo; Roy Lichtenstein's innovative, arresting Mirror in Six Parts (1971); and paintings and works on paper by noted artists such as Claude Monet, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Jasper Johns, and Son Man-jin. Illuminated by generous, full-color reproductions and a lively, accessible text, this is an indispensable guide to the newest and finest the Art Institute has to offer.

Table of Contents:

Gregory Nosan 
James Cuno 
African and Amerindian Art 
American Art 
Architecture and Design 
Asian Art 
Contemporary Art 
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Ancient Art 
Medieval to Modern European Painting and Modern European Sculpture 
Prints and Drawings 
Ryerson Library 

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2006 
8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 96 pages; 65 illustrations 
Softcover ISBN 0-300-11258-0