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Permanent Collection

Early in its 50-year history, The Academy Art Museum began its permanent collection with 11 works of art. Today, the collection contains more than 1,000 pieces including core holdings of European and American works on paper.

New Acquisitions

In 2013, the Museum received a donation of 45 works on paper by Frederick Hammerlsey, consisting of 10 computer drawings; 6 prints; 18 drawings; and 11 paintings. e oeuvre was a generous gift from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, Albuquerque, NM. Hammersley was born in 1919, in Salt Lake City, UT and died in 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. He was raised in Idaho and moved to Los Angeles, after serving in World War II, to study at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He soon developed a style of abstraction that incorporated geometric forms in his paintings that were called hard-edge painting, a style unique to Southern California. Hammersley was also a professor, teaching first at Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles and later at Pomona College, Chouinard, and at the University of New Mexico.

The Museum purchased an etching by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), Dutch painter and printmaker. Rembrandt is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when painting was extremely prolic and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres in painting. Rembrandt produced etchings for most of his career, from 1626 to 1660, when he was forced to sell his printing-press and virtually abandoned etching. He took easily to etching and, though he also learned to use a burin and partly engraved many plates, the freedom of the etching technique was fundamental to his work. He was very closely involved in the whole process of printmaking, and must have printed at least early examples of his etchings himself.

In April, the Board of Trustees accepted the following artworks to be added to the Museum’s Permanent Collection: Still Life with Pagoda, 1998, lithograph, by Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2012); Reunion 1, 2006, by Maryland artist Ellen Hill (1960), paper pulp painting on handmade paper, both gifts of Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, in honor of the artists. Boston artist Eva Lundsager (1960) donated Untitled, large sumi ink drawing made in 1998. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lebow of Pikesville, MD, donated the Arch with a Shell Ornament, an etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) from his famous Carceri d’Invenzione series (1778-1799).

The Museum purchased the albumen print Saint-Rémy, c. 1861-1865, by French photographer Édouard Baldus (1813- 1889), with assistance from funds provided by the Friends of the Collection.

On December 11, 2014, at the recommendation of the Permanent Collection Committee, the Board of Trustees purchased for the Permanent Collection the following artworks: Richard Estes, Downtown-Reflections, 2001, Woodcut print; Thomas Moran, Morning on the St. John’s River, Florida, 1886, Etching and drypoint; and Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Woman and Tambourine, 1807, the outline-etching by Turner himself and the print as published, completed in mezzotint by Charles Turner.

The following gifts were accepted into the Permanent Collection: Jay Lagemann, Swinging Jenny, 2014, Cast bronze, Gift from
the artist; 5 artworks by Greg Mort; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias, 1641, Etching, Gift from Susan Forlifer and Robert Middleton, Easton, MD; and 9 Contemporary Japanese prints, Gift from Richard and Susan Silverman, Washington, DC. New acquisitions will be on exhibit in the year to come.

On June 25, 2015, at the recommendation of the Permanent Collection Committee, the Board of Trustees purchased for the Permanent Collection View of a Town with a Bishop's Tomb (before 1744), an etching by Canaletto and Oiseau Zéphyr (1960), a color lithograph by Joan Miró.

The following gifts were accepted into the Permanent Collection from the estate of the late Grover Batts: prints by Charles Klabunde, Peter Paul, and Kunisada. New acquisitions will be on exhibit in the year to come.

  • Joan Miró
    Oiseau Zéphyr
    Color lithograph, 1960
    AAM 2015.030

  • Antonio da Canal, Il Canaletto
    View of a Town with a Bishop's Tomb
    Etching, before 1744
    AAM 2015.029
    Purchased with support from the Friends of the Collection

  • George Bellows
    The Life Class, First Stone, 1917
    Lithograph by George Bellows, on smooth, cream wove paper, 354x494 mm
    14x19 1/2 inches, full margins, first state (of 2), with the shading on the model's torso Edition of approximately only 20, signed "George Bellows" and initialed "J.B.B."
    by the artist's daughter, Jean Bellows Booth, in pencil, lower right. Purchased with support from the Friends of the Collection, AAM 2015.008

  • Frederick Hammersley
    Watercolor on paper
    AAM 2013.009.45
    Gift from Hammersley Foundation Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Copyright Frederick Hammersley Foundation

  • Rembrandt van Rijn
    Jan Asselyn, Painter, c. 1647
    Etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, circa 1647
    AAM 2014.006 Arthur L.S. Waxter Fund

  • Édouard-Denis Baldus
    Saint-Rémy, c. 1861-1865
    Albumen print from a glass plate negative
    Purchase 2014.005

  • Hendrick Goltzius
    Venus and Cupid, 1596
    Engraving, from a set of Three Goddesses
    13 ½ x 10 inches
    AAM 2013.010

  • Gabriel Cortois de Pressigny, 1816
    Etching on paper
    Inscription: J. D. Ingres fecit Rome 1816.
    Museum purchase
    AAM 2013.006

  • Pablo Picasso
    Sueño y Mentira de Franco, 1937
    (Dream and Lie of Franco)
    Aquatint and etching, 12 ¼” x 16 ½”
    Ink stamp signature, 686/850, portfolio with poem, descriptive text and certificate
    Museum purchase; Partial gift of Tom and Alexa Seip 2013
    AAM 2013.007

  • David Hockney
    Old Rink Rank (detail), 1969
    from: Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
    book comprising 7 leaves, etchings and text (letter press),
    Edition of 73/100, accordion fold, Rives BFK, 14" x 72"
    AAM 2012.026

  • Larry Rivers
    Daniel Webster, c. 1961
    oil on canvas, 29 ½ x 24 1/2
    Gift of Joan Cox, Easton, MD, in Memory of C. Paul Cox II

  • Greg Mort
    Study #3 "Star Crow", (hard), 2006
    Graphite on paper
    Gift of the artist for the David H. Hickman Collection

  • Gene Davis
    Bubble Gum, 1970
    acrylic on canvas
    Gift of the Elinor Farquhar

  • Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Woman and Tambourine, 1807
    The outline-etching by Turner

  • Frederick Hammersley
    Waiting, 1974
    Charcoal pencil on paper
    Gift from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, Alburquerque, NM Copyright Frederick Hammersley Foundation

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