November 2011 Acquisitions

November 2011 Art Acquisitions


  • Sue Williamson (South African, born England,1941), For Thirty Years Next to His Heart, 1990, color laser prints, hand-covered frames, 49 panels, 77 x 103. Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund.

Roger Ballen (American, b. 1950), Old man, Ottoshoop, 1983, gelatin silver print, 15-11/16 x 15½”. Kathleen Boone Samuels Memorial Fund.

Ian Berry (British, b. 1934), South Africa, Supporters Climb to Every Vantage Point, 1994, gelatin silver print, 19-15/16 x 14 ⅞”. Funds provided by Mike Schewel and Priscilla Burbank.

Alf Kumalo (South African, b. 1930), two digital prints: Soweto, 1980, 17½ x 24” and A Protest March after the Uitenhage Massacre of 21st March, 1985, 20 x 24”. Funds provided by Mike Schewel and Priscilla Burbank.

Jürgen Schadeberg (South African, born Germany, 1931), Miriam Makeba, 1955, gelatin silver print, 19⅞ x 15¾”. Funds provided by Mike Schewel and Priscilla Burbank.

Zwelethu Mthethwa (South African, b. 1960), Untitled, 1998, chromogenic print mounted to UV Plexiglas, 38 x 51”. Funds provided by Ivan Jecklin and Allison Weinstein.

David Goldblatt (South African, b. 1930), Children of Pomfret at the Entrance to the Incline Shaft, 2002, digital print in pigment dyes, 24-1/16 x 29⅝”. Funds provided by Ivan Jecklin and Allison Weinstein.

Nontsikelelo Veleko (South African, born, 1977): three pigment ink prints from the series “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder,” each 14 ⅜ x 9 3/16”. Funds provided by Ivan Jecklin and Allison Weinstein.

  • Theodore Géricault (French, 1791-1824), two lithographs: A Paraleytic Woman, 1821, lithograph, sheet: 365 x 513 mm; plate, 225 x 317 mm. Funds provided by Frank Raysor, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Nelson, and the Revolving Art Purchase Fund; and The Dead Horse, 1823, lithograph, 275 x 350 mm. Funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Nelson.
  • Collection of Colonial Indian Silver: 91 objects, 234 pieces total, ca. 1805-1920.
  • Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000), The Legend of John Brown, No. 13, 1977 (after 1941 gouache series), silk-screen print on Domestic Etching paper. J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund and partial gift of Derrick Johnson in honor of his grandson, Mark Devon Johnson, on the occasion of VMFA’s 75th anniversary.
  • Walter B. Stephen (American, 1875-1961), three vases, pottery: Crystalline Glaze Vase, impressed Stephen mark for 1936, 9 ¼ in. high; Monumental Crackled Blue Vase, mark for Pisgah Pottery, 1940, 18 in. high; Cameo Pottery Vase with “Westward Ho” scene, marked on shoulder “W.B. Stephen,” base with clear impressed mark for 1939, 7 in. high. Director’s Discretionary Purchase with J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund.
  • Ethiopian Pendant Double Diptych, late 17th century, tempera on panel, 3¼”h. Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state agency and a model public/private partnership. All works of art are purchased with private funds from dedicated endowments. After the board of trustees accepts the acquisitions, the art becomes the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia to protect, preserve and interpret. The acquisitions committee meets quarterly.