MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art

A Selection of Recent Acquisitions

10 Feb - 11 Mar 2013

© Cai Guo-Qiang
Desire for Zero Gravity, 2012
gunpowder on canvas
340.36 x 1066.8 cm (134 x 420 in.)
commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles
photo by Joshua White, courtesy The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
10 February - 11 March 2013

The efforts of MOCA’s Acquisition & Collection, Photography, and Drawings committees, as well as those of many generous individuals and institutions, have enabled the museum to cultivate one of the premier collections of contemporary art in the United States. Since 2010, key donations and purchases have brought significant artworks in a range of media, from paintings and sculptures to works on paper, videos, and installations, into the permanent collection. This exhibition, which features a select group of objects acquired over the past two years, celebrates this invaluable local patronage and the artworks it has championed, including Ali Banisadr's It's in the Air (2002), the gift of Thaddaeus Ropac; Cai Guo-Qiang's Desire for Zero Gravity, March 7, 2012 (2012), the gift of Julia and Ken Gouw, Eva and Ming Hsieh, and Dominic and Ellen Ng; six gelatin-silver prints by Geraldo de Barros (1949-51/2011), purchased with funds provided by the Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation and the Photography Committee; David Hammons's Body Print (1974–75), purchased with funds provided by the Drawings Committee, Jeffrey Deitch, Jane Siegal, Jeffrey Pechter, Bob Tuttle, Ron Handler, and a gift of Giovanna Zamboni-Paulis; Wade Guyton's Untitled (2008), the gift of Maurice and Paul Marciano; Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin Chess (2003), the gift of the Getty Trust; Damian Ortega's Moby Dick (2004) and Escarabajo (2005), each purchased with funds provided by the Jumex Fund for Contemporary Latin American Art; and Kaari Upson’s Internal Pocket (2011), purchased with funds provided by the Curatorial Discretionary Fund.

Tags: Ali Banisadr, Geraldo de Barros, Gelatin, Cai Guo-Qiang, Wade Guyton, David Hammons, Yayoi Kusama, Li Ming, Damián Ortega, Wu Qiang, Kaari Upson