A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017

A suite of exhibitions will feature works given to, or purchased by, the Yale Center for British Art in recent years. These exhibitions will honor the Center’s fortieth anniversary, incorporating selections from the last of Paul Mellon’s gifts to the institution, which include the life-interest works with which his wife Rachel Lambert Mellon lived until her death in 2014. Gifts from other significant donors, such as Joseph McCrindle and Brian Sewell, will also be featured, as will donations of important modern and contemporary prints. Other exhibitions will be thematic, focusing on the natural world, childhood and education, and the art of the book. Highlights include a group of works by the painter John Golding from the artist’s estate, tracing his development as an abstract painter; works by Richard Hamilton and Anish Kapoor; and a selection from a recent gift of nearly four hundred prints by the iconic 1960s photographer Lewis Morley.

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions will be curated by Elisabeth Fairman, Chief Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts; Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections and Head of Collections Information and Access; and Lars Kokkonen, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture; under the direction of Scott Wilcox, Deputy Director for Collections.

James Seymour, The Chaise Match Run on Newmarket Heath on Wednesday the 29th of August, 1750 (detail), 1750, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection