The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has announced the acquisition of 28 historic, modern, and contemporary works for its permanent collection.
The paintings, works on paper, mixed-media collages, and photographs feature a number of purchases, including Audrey Flack's large oil and acrylic canvas, World War II (Vanitas); two elaborate mixed-media collages by Mickalene Thomas; textile artist Sonya Clark's Unraveling; photographs of performance artist Cassils' Becoming an Image; photographs related to Leah Modigliani's Morris Gallery exhibition The City in her Desolation; and works on paper by Fernando Orellana.
The cost of the acquisitions was about $300,000, officials said, with the largest amount ($200,000) going to corral the monumental canvas by photorealist Flack.
In addition to the purchases, the academy announced it had received a number of gifts, including three pieces from the estate of Marion Boulton Stroud – by Ann Hamilton, Mary Heilmann, and Joan Jonas. Also announced was a gift from the estate of painter Sylvia Sleigh, a large nude, Pluto: Robert Lucy, completed in 1994.