Philip Barter (United States, born 1939), "Moonrise Mt. Katahdin", 2004, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Museum purchase with support from the Herb Ludwig Memorial Fund, 2006.13.
PORTLAND, MAINE.- New Acquisitions 2006 highlights works of art acquired by the Portland Museum of Art since late 2005, celebrating the gifts, purchases, and bequests that have enriched the Museums collection during that time. This annual winter exhibition features more than 30 works in a variety of media including oil paintings, photographs, and works on paper. New Acquisitions 2006 is on view through February 18, 2007.
Contemporary prints were a major highlight of the Museums collecting activity in 2006, with works by internationally known artists Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Anish Kapoor, Robert Stackhouse, Pat Steir, and others entering the collection as gifts. A group of these prints, as well as two fascinating drawings by Dale Chihuly, better known for his studio glass pieces, will be on view in the first-floor elevator lobby, demonstrating the innovation and graphic power that living artists apply to works on paper.
On the fourth floor, the exhibition continues with a selection of works in a variety of media. As always, photography figured prominently in the Museumsacquisitions, with the purchase of important prints by renowned photographers Gertrude Kasebier and Paul Strand. These photos, all of which are connected to the state of Maine through their subject matter, were purchased through the generosity of donors to The Photography Fund. Numerous gifts brought additional photographs into the collection, including differing views of Maine life in the early 1900s by Lewis Hine and Minnie Libby, contemporary landscape prints by Jack Ledbetter and Terrell Lester, and early views of Monhegan Island by Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott. One of Triscotts luminous watercolors was also purchased for the collection, augmenting the Museums holdings of this 19th-century landscapists work in various media.
Other painters associated with Maine are also featured, including Philip Barter, Mark Baum, and Lina Burley, among others. Elsewhere in the Museum, new acquisitions of paintings by Charles Codman (1800C1842) and John Walker (born 1939) enhance the Museums permanent presentation of both 19th-century and contemporary art. The Codman and the Walker oil paintings were all purchased, in part, with the support of the Friends of the Collection, a special group of Museum donors whose gifts go directly toward the acquisition of works of art for the permanent collection.