Museums are always working to build their permanent collections - supporting their curators, raising money for acquisitions, cultivating relationships with collectors, as well as artists. All of these relationships go a long way towards crafting a museum's identity and to making it a unique resource for scholars, researcher, members of the community, and of course the visiting public. A key relationship between a donor, a museum, and an artist is reason for some big news at the Brauer Museum in Indiana. Recently the artist Jeanette Pasin Sloan (b. 1946) donated her complete archives to Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art in Valparaiso, with the help of an additional donation by the Byron Lee and Josephine Luecke Ferguson Donated Fund. The museum will now be recognized as an essential resource for continued study of Pasin Sloan's art. To celebrate the arrival of the new works at the museum and their inclusion in the permanent collection, there is a show on view through March 18. The exhibiton cannot display all of Pasin Sloan's works, but it will offer visitors some key highlights from the peak of her career. Because of the volume of work now owned by the museum, there will be future shows devoted to many points and aspects of Pasin Sloan's career.
From left to right: works by Jeanette Pasin Sloan (b. 1946). All works are the Gift of the Byron Lee and Josephine Luecke Ferguson Donated Fund and the Artist
Alignment, 2000, Color lithograph on paper, 24/30, image: 28 3/4 x 21", paper: 34 1/8 x 26", 2011.01.004
Club, 1996, Color lithograph on paper, 25/60, image: 22 1/2 x 24", paper: 28 1/2 x 30", 2011.01.001
Silver Bowls, 1978, Color lithograph on paper, AP 7/10 (edition size: 50), image: 28 3/8 x 38 ½", paper: 32 3/8 x 42 5/8", 2011.01.005
Pasin Sloan is an artist and educator whose pieces are in major museums nationally and internationally. In addition to showcasing the technical virtuosity of this important American artist, the works on view represent the Brauer Museum’s long relationship with the artist, showcasing numerous examples of her work (paintings, drawings, original prints) from all periods, as well as key documents from throughout her life and career. She is well-known for her still-lifes, which she began to explore in depth in the 1970s while living in Chicago with her family. The home was her subject. Pasin Sloan's long-time partner is Jack Lemon of Landfall Press, once a celebrated press in Chicago but now operating in Santa Fe. Many of the original prints at the Brauer Museum were produced at Landfall.
According to the museum's press release: "Whatever the type of print—lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, or screenprints—the artist working collaboratively with Lemon has made works of awesome complexity, dramatically demonstrating the expressive capabilities of the media. Her prints glow with rich color and present surfaces and textures different from and truly unattainable by paintings and drawings."
Thru March 18, 2012
In the Ferguson Galleries: The Art of Jeanette Pasin Sloan
Curators: Gregg Hertzlieb and Gloria Ruff, Brauer Museum of Art
Brauer Museum of Art
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