National Gallery of Art acquires 16 new works, from the 15th century to a New York video


“Donna Che Indica (Woman Who Points)” by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto is a silkscreen print on polished stainless steel and part of the National Gallery of Art’s new acquisitions. (Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Collectors Committee)

The National Gallery of Art has acquired 16 works, including its first by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a mid-15th-century group of Nottingham alabasters, a winter scene by Dutch master Jan van Goyen and a 61-minute video homage to New York.

The spring acquisitions “constitute a broad span of subject matter across a range of mediums, schools and eras,” Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III said in a statement. “We have enhanced our collection of medieval sculpture, enhanced our Dutch collection, and bolstered our collection of 20th- and 21st-century art by living artists.”

The grouping of Nottingham sculptures, “Virgin and Child and Four Saints,” increases the Gallery’s medieval art collection, while the “Donna Che Indica (Woman Who Points)” by Pistoletto is a later example of the artist’s “Mirror Paintings,” which gained international renown. There’s a piece by Barbara Kruger examining cliches of mass media, an accordion-style book by William Kentridge exploring migration and exodus in apartheid-era South Africa, and James Nares’s hypnotic video “Street,” examining layers of city life suspended between still and moving images.

The museum has also announced that New York investor and philanthropist Frederick W. Beinecke will succeed Victoria P. Sant as president, effective July 19. Beinecke, president and director of the private investment company Antaeus Enterprises, has been a trustee since 2007 and was a member of the Trustees’ Council prior to that. He is a director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, a director emeritus of the New York City Ballet and serves on the executive committee of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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