Modern Art Collection Opens 7-Week Run
Hockney’s 1964 painting is puckishly titled “California
An exhibition of seldom-seen paintings and sculptures, many of such
large proportions that curators call them “monumental,” by a pantheon
of pioneering American and European modern artists opened at the
University Art Museum last Wednesday for a seven-week run. An opening
reception is scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. at the UAM.
“Out of Site: Selections from the Marsha S. Glazer
Collection” is a rare public display of 24 works from one of the
top 25 private collections in the nation. The Glazer Collection
encompasses many of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists.
Included in the free exhibition are European paintings and sculptures
by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore,
and Gerhard Richter.
Major American works by the New York School are
also represented and include artists Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner,
Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein,
Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Joan Mitchell, among others.
“Many of the most notable art movements are vividly
represented by their major proponents—Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract
Expressionism, Figural Expressionism, Color Field painting, Pre-Pop,
Pop, and Conceptual art among them,” said Bonnie Kelm, director
of the UAM. “For students, this exhibition provides an opportunity
to personally experience a level of art that they might only otherwise
see in art books.”
Running through Feb. 27, these works have never
been shown in a museum before and will not travel to another venue
in the future, according to museum officials.
Added Kelm, “It would be a coup for any museum
in the country to host an exhibition of this collection. Collections
as rich in significant works of art as the Glazer Collection can
generally only be viewed in the nation’s largest and most prestigious
A companion series of public programs, also free
of charge, begins on Jan. 20 with Kelm speaking about some of the
artists in “The Politics of Gender” at 5 p.m. in the museum. It
ends on Feb. 24 with a talk by MacArthur Fellow and University of
Nevada, Las Vegas. art theory professor David Hickey. Collector
Marsha Glazer’s luncheon comments on Jan. 31 are already oversubscribed,
but the UAM is taking names for a waiting list. Call Marie at x2951
to be added to that list.
Of special interest to visitors are two works by
Picasso, a 31-inch by 51-inch Cubist painting “Nu Couche et Femme
Se Lavan les Pieds,” and his sculpture “Femme en Robe Longe,” which
many consider his most original achievement. This 5-foot, 3-inch-tall
work—the exact height of his mother—was built from a dressmaker’s
dummy, with a face carved by Picasso (bearing a strong resemblance
to his mother) which was then cast in bronze.