Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection exhibited at RISD Museum | projo.com

Vast Baker collection exhibited at RISD Museum | Art | projo.com | The Providence Journal:
"Titled “Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection,” the show will feature more than 100 artworks, ranging from an early Hockney painting (“Plastic Tree Plus City Hall” from 1964) to works by present-day art stars such as Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

About the half the pieces, which also include works by the British Op Art pioneer Bridget Riley and the India-born sculptor Anish Kapoor, were donated to the museum during Baker’s lifetime. The rest were purchased through a special acquisitions fund set up after his death.

“He liked to tell people he had this disease called ‘accumulitis,’ ” says RISD print curator Jan Howard. “He meant it as a joke, but there was certainly an element of truth to it. Like anyone who’s passionate about something, he had a hard time saying no.”"

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