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How drawings make it into museum collections


Artnet, my favorite source for art news tells us that fabled drawings collector Werner H. Kramarsky has given the Museum of Modern Art 81 drawings by a wide range of established and young artists. This donation is in addition to the other 95 drawings he’s given the museum since 1999. (top image is detail of a drawing by Christine Hiebert one of the artists whose works will enter MOMA for the first time courtesy of Kramarsky)


Kramarsky is a trustee of the museum. His generous gifting of drawings to this or any other museum always includes big name artists as well as work by artists the collector calls “newbies,” those under the museum’s radar — but maybe not for long after they see the work come in via Kramarsky’s gift. Read this interesting article on the collector.


Artnet says that 24 of the artists are first-time MOMA entrants. And here’s the news, we’ve seen a bunch of these “newbie” artists at Gallery Joe — like Christine Hiebert, Teo Gonzalez, Laurie Reid and Joan Waltemath. (shown right is detail of Waltemath’s drawing installation, seen at Gallery Joe.) Reid and Gonzalez were in a recent group show at Joe. Read my post for more.

Other newbies entering MOMA in this batch are Eve Aschheim, Brad Brown, Kenneth Capps, Anne Chu, Max Cole, Elena Del Rivero, Lee Etheredge IV, Kendra Ferguson, Cheryl Goldsleger, Nancy Holt, Ann Ledy, Lee Lozano, Julia Mangold, Stefana McClure, Stephen Metts, Tatsuo Miyajima, Deborah Gottheil Nehmad, Gloria Ortiz Hernandez, Winston Roeth, Eric Saxon.

Congratulations all and kudos to Kramarsky on his “namies” and “newbies” philosophy!