This summer, a new contemporary installation in the Marley Gallery of the Katz Wing takes on its own “redefined” look. Works not shown for years are joined with spectacular loans from the Ellen and Howard Katz Collection, the GUC Collection and other local collections.
Many of the Museum’s favorites are also part of this installation designed around five themes: color field painting, abstract expressionism, art from Latin America, assemblage art and large format photographs. The color field gallery is anchored by five Helen Frankenthaler paintings from throughout her career. The Museum’s great Willem de Kooning painting is complimented by an earlier work of Bay-area expressionist Paul Wonner, a new acquisition from the Joyce and Jay Cooper Collection.
The breadth of Latin American art is demonstrated by the elegance of Ricardo Martinez to the boldly political statements of Enrique Chagoya and Oscar Oiwa. The entrance gallery is comprised of constructed paintings, utilizing found objects to create the painters statement. They range from a simple gesture painting, fused with a cane, by the Spaniard Antoni Tàpies celebrating the demise of France, to a complex statement about race by Californian Raymond Saunders.
The large photograph section demonstrates the impact of recent acquisitions to the collection. Leading German photographers Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth hang opposite those by Richard Misrach and Gregory Crewdson, two of America’s leading artists working in large format photography, a breakthrough during the past decade.
This installation celebrates the depth of the community’s holdings in contemporary art and reminds visitors the museum’s galleries are constantly “redefined.”
Read the full review at The Arizona Republic.