Each year, the Delaware Art Museum adds new works of art to the collection through gifts and purchases. The 2013 fiscal year included 61 additions to nearly all areas of the permanent collection—American Illustration, Pre-Raphaelite art, and American art. Katharine Richardson Wireman’s Cover for Collier’s Weekly was generously donated by Robert Lynn Ellis and Melinda Lou Ellis and was featured in the survey exhibition of the artist’s work, “So Beautifully Illustrated” – Katharine Richardson Wireman and the Art of Illustration (October 6, 2012–January 6, 2013). Several works of art entered the Pre-Raphaelite collection, including Henry Wallis’ Timon and Flavius. Given by The Forbes Collection, this painting is based on Shakespeare’s controversial tragedy, Timon of Athens, in which Timon mistakenly accuses his servant of greed and bribery. In addition to a print by George Biddle, Margo Allman gave the Museum seven photographs by premier photographic artists Anton Bruehl, Carlo Leonetti, and Edward Steichen. The subjects include self-portraits, modern dancers, and a stunning image of Allman’s mother, model Avis Newcomb. Wilmington-based painter Mary Page Evans received a museum retrospective in spring 2012, and in 2013 the artist generously donated two major works from the exhibition: the multi-painting installation Weather Vane and the monotype Dark Garden #1.
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Associate Curator for Contemporary Art
This Curator Corner was posted on June 5, 2014.