In with the New! Recent Gifts on Paper

Featuring new and unusual donations made to PAFA since 2011

  • Luis Cruz Azaceta, <em>Self-Portrait with Phony Hat</em>, 1980, colored ink and pencils on paper, 22 1/8 x 30 in, Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection, 2013.10.2

    Luis Cruz Azaceta, Self-Portrait with Phony Hat, 1980, colored ink and pencils on paper, 22 1/8 x 30 in, Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection, 2013.10.2

  • Milton Avery, <em>Augusta</em>, 1935, Watercolor on paper, 21 1/4 x 14 1/4 in, Gift of Margery and Maurice Katz, 2013.1

    Milton Avery, Augusta, 1935, Watercolor on paper, 21 1/4 x 14 1/4 in, Gift of Margery and Maurice Katz, 2013.1

  • Samantha Mitchell, <em>Untitled Ball #2</em>, 2011, ink on paper, 44 x 30 in, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2012.19.1

    Samantha Mitchell, Untitled Ball #2, 2011, ink on paper, 44 x 30 in, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2012.19.1

  • Emil Armin, <em>Portrait of Frances Strain</em>, 1924, Watercolor on paper, 13 5/8 x 9 7/8 in., Gift of Powell and Barbara Bridges, 2012.26.2

    Emil Armin, Portrait of Frances Strain, 1924, Watercolor on paper, 13 5/8 x 9 7/8 in., Gift of Powell and Barbara Bridges, 2012.26.2

  • Gladys Nilsson, <em>Gift Box</em>, 1999, Watercolor with graphite on paper, 40 1/2 x 60 in., Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection, 2012.16.1, Copyright © Gladys Nilsson

    Gladys Nilsson, Gift Box, 1999, Watercolor with graphite on paper, 40 1/2 x 60 in., Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection, 2012.16.1, Copyright © Gladys Nilsson

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' (PAFA) collection has grown tremendously in the past three years due to the generosity of numerous donors of works on paper. This exhibition featured several unusual donations to the collection made since 2011, including a group of work by self-taught artists, two works by Milton Avery from radically different periods of his career, and important study collections of work by single artists. It included major works selected from large collections of art by Sue Coe, Surrealist Boris Margo, Chicago-based “Monster Roster” artist Seymour Rosofsky, and Abstract Expressionist Theodoros Stamos.

This is a wide-ranging cross-section of new acquisitions, including a realist nude drawing of artist Diana Moore by her husband William Beckman, a self-assured dazzlingly colorful self-portrait by Luis Azaceta, a tiny, mysterious drawing of a house ablaze by Scott Espeseth, and a simultaneously abstract and meticulously compulsive drawing of yarn by Samantha Mitchell. The latter two artists are young, emerging figures in the contemporary art world who work primarily on paper. Arranged thematically to interact and encourage cross-period dialogues, the exhibition aimed to be one of an ongoing series celebrating great gifts to PAFA’s growing collection.