THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

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EXHIBITION AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART FEATURES NEW ADDITIONS TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has accepted twelve new works into its permanent collection, the museum announced today.  In accordance with the ICA's collecting policy, the works represent contemporary artists featured in ICA exhibitions, many at defining moments in their careers. This diverse group of works ranges from video to photography to sculpture and encompasses international as well as Boston-based artists. Accumulations, a new exhibition of works from the permanent collection featuring several of these latest acquisitions, will be presented from July 25, 2007, through July 6, 2008.

"These acquisitions capture key moments in the careers of artists and in the history of the ICA," says Jill Medvedow, Director of the ICA. "Whether seminal early pieces from leading artists or breakthrough work from artists just gathering pace in the field, they create an important record of our exhibitions while also giving our visitors a broader experience."

"As the collection grows, so does our potential to further the conversation about contemporary art," says Jen Mergel, Assistant Curator at the ICA. "The addition of each new work creates more opportunities to build connections and dialogue with other artists in the collection or other exhibitions on view."

The new acquisitions include work by three Boston-based artists: Wish Lists, an installation by Kelly Sherman, the winner of the 2006 James and Audrey Foster Prize, the video Karaoke Wrong Number by Rachel Perry Welty, a finalist for the 2006 Foster Prize, and two pieces by Ambreen Butt, the first ever recipient of the award, formerly known as the ICA Artist Prize.

The new installation will also introduce the first gift to the ICA's collection from an artist. Christian Jankowski, whose 3-channel video Point of Sale (2002) is currently featured in the permanent collection, has given an additional work to the ICA, his 1992 video The Hunt.

Three of the ICA's recent exhibitions will be represented with two sculptures by Louise Bourgeois featured in Bourgeois in Boston, Philip-Lorca diCorcia's Ralph Smith; 21 years old; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; $25, from the current survey of the photographer's work, and Noriko Furunishi's photograph Untitled (Grey Dry Stream), part of Super Vision. In addition, the ICA adds a photograph by Rineke Dijkstra and two works by Tara Donovan, whose first major museum survey is being organized by the ICA.

 

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