Launching into spring with an online art collection
Spring marks a very exciting time here at the Vilcek Foundation. In April, we celebrated with the recipients of the 2013 Vilcek Prizes at our annual gala. The Foundation’s anthology, American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans, was recently released in a paperback version and made available at Dalkey Press and Amazon. And in the next few days, applications for the 2014 Creative Promise Prizes in Biomedical Science and Design will open. As if this were not enough, we are extremely proud to announce that the Vilcek Foundation’s art collection has been published online for the first time ever at Vilcek.org!
You may have noticed a change to our website when you visited today. The navigation at the bottom of your screen now prominently features a “Collections” section, featuring three distinct and exciting collections of artworks.
Aligned with our mission to celebrate the contributions of foreign-born artists to this country, the Foundation has a growing collection of art objects created by foreign-born artists living and working in the U.S. The Contemporary Art Collection contains works by Christo, Hongsock Lee, Il Lee, Stanley Ruiz, Ryo Toyonaga, and O Zhang.
The American Modernism Collection, a promised gift to the Foundation from the Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, reflects the Vilceks’ love for the art of this country. Marica and Jan Vilcek have assembled an amazing collection of masterworks representative of a crucial moment in the history of American art. Comprising ninety-nine works by twenty artists, this collection traces the evolution of individual artists and American Modernism as a whole and also explores developments within the movement, including Synchromism and Color Abstraction, American Cubism, the impact of the Southwest, and the contributions of immigrant artists; eight of the twenty artists were born outside the United States. The collection includes seminal works by Oscar Bluemner, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Max Weber, among others.
A catalogue of the collection, Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection, will be released in mid-May by Merrell Publishers. The book includes an essay by William C. Agee, entries on each work by Lewis Kachur, and an illustrated timeline that explores the connections between New York and New Mexico. To find a local or online retailer of this book, please visit the Merrell Publishers website.
Also a promised gift to the Foundation, the Native American Pottery Collection consists primarily of vessels by Acoma and Hopi potters, along with 19th and 20th century objects from Cochiti, Santo Domingo, and Zia potters.
Art collection photography by Joseph Coscia Jr.
A Message from Jan and Marica Vilcek
Our founders arrived as penniless refugees over fifty years ago, but with the kindness and opportunity they received in the United States, they went on to accomplish great things in biomedical science and art history. Read their statement on the recent executive order imposing a travel ban.