Alex Katz Foundation Gives Colby Museum Six Marsden Hartley Paintings
January 21, 2009
The Colby College Museum of Art
will receive, from the Alex Katz Foundation, a collection of six
paintings by the American modernist painter Marsden Hartley, Museum
Director and Chief Curator Sharon Corwin announced Jan. 21.
tremendous gift is a testament to Alex Katz's vision for the Colby
Museum and the visual arts in Maine," said Corwin. Both Katz and
Hartley have connections to Maine: Hartley was born in Lewiston and
Katz has spent summers in Lincolnville since 1949.
Hartley paintings from the Katz Foundation are currently on view in the
museum's Lunder Wing alongside three Hartley paintings already in the
museum's permanent collection, affording an opportunity to examine a
retrospective exhibition of the artist's work. "Through the Katz
Foundation's astounding generosity, we can now present the full range
of Hartley's work, which is so important to the foundation of American
The paintings include two still lifes and three
Maine landscapes, including a dynamic view of City Point, Vinalhaven,
and a hauntingly beautiful painting of the Bavarian mountains. "Each
one of these paintings is a gem," Corwin said, "and the collection as a
whole is extraordinary."
a prominent figure in contemporary art known for his large-scale
figurative paintings, founded the Alex Katz Foundation in 2004 to
support artists and museums through the purchase and donation of works
of art. Since 2004, the Alex Katz Foundation has given the Colby Museum
more than 100 works of art worth more than $4 million. Other recipients
of gifts from the Katz Foundation include the Brooklyn Museum of Art,
the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
In addition to the
Hartley paintings, the Katz Foundation has given the Colby Museum works
by Jennifer Bartlett, Joe Brainard, Rudy Burckhardt, Chuck Close,
Adolph Gottlieb, Gary Hume, Elizabeth Murray, Dana Schutz, and Philip
Taaffe among others. Alex Katz's deep and personal commitment to
contemporary art and artists is evident in the range of work that he
has given, from emerging to internationally recognized artists,
figurative and abstract art, and a range of media.
1959, the Colby College Museum of Art has built a significant permanent
collection of more than 6,000 works, with a focus on American and
contemporary art. Selections from this collection are displayed in the
museum's 28,000 square feet of exhibition space-one of the largest
museums in Maine.
The collection includes areas of extraordinary
depth. Major works by American artists John Singleton Copley, Gilbert
Stuart, Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt, James McNeill Whistler, and
William Merritt Chase form part of the historical collection; the
modern movement is represented by important works by John Marin,
Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Bellows, and Rockwell Kent.
The museum also features a significant contemporary collection,
including works by Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Agnes Martin, Sol
LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, and Terry
Winters. Other areas of the collection include Greek and Roman
antiquities, European prints and drawings, American folk art, and early
The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission
is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For
additional information about the Colby College Museum of Art, visit www.colby.edu/museum.