MoMA Announces Recent Acquisitions, including “Painted Bronze” by Jasper Johns

Art Press Release from United States. Published by MOMA on Monday 16 March 2015.

MoMA Announces Recent Acquisitions, including “Painted Bronze” by Jasper Johns image

Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis have made Painted Bronze by Jasper Johns a promised gift to The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry has announced.

A work that has remained in the artist’s collection since it was made in 1960, Painted Bronze occupies a singular position within Johns’s oeuvre, and ranks among the most iconic sculptures of the 20th century. The sculpture is given in honor of David Rockefeller, Honorary Chairman of MoMA’s Board of Trustees.

While it appears to be a group of wooden paintbrushes in a Savarin coffee can (13 1/2 × 8″ diameter), the truth of the sculpture is provided by its title; a closer look reveals that the print on the coffee can label is hand-lettered, the turpentine and paint “drips” are carefully composed, the “tin” rims are metallic silver paint, and so on. Johns commented on the sculpture and its model in a 1965 interview: “I like that there is the possibility that one might take one for the other, but I also like that, with just a little examination, it’s very clear that one is not the other.”

“Painted Bronze is a landmark object that will transform our holdings of this extraordinary artist’s work,” said Mr. Lowry. “We are extremely grateful to Jasper Johns, and to the Kravises for their generosity in making it a promised gift to the Museum.”

New acquisitions in Painting and Sculpture further include works by Alberto Burri, Pierre Huyghe, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Julian Schnabel, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others.