Posted on December 3, 2012 by School of Art
The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC has recently acquired 26 photographs by Prof. Mark Ruwedel that were purchased with funds donated by Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad, and donated by Peter T. Barbur, Greg and Aline Gooding, and Dan and Jeanne Fauci. An important addition to the Gallery’s holdings of contemporary landscape photographs, this group examines the barely visible grades of now defunct 19th-century railroad lines running across the western United States. In addition, five photographs by Ruwedel from his series Dusk, made between 2007 and 2010, were acquired with funds donated by Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad. Taken at sunset, these pictures depict newly constructed houses that were abandoned by their owners during the recent collapse in the housing market. Mr. and Mrs. Fauci also donated four additional photographs by Ruwedel from the Ice Ageseries, made between 1993 and 2004.
Alongside Mr. Ruwedel, the National Gallery’s Department of Photography included works from the esteemed photographer Robert Frank, as well as 30 rare works by the British photographer Linnaeus Tripe made in Burma in 1855.
At its recent meeting in October, the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art accepted an impressive array of new acquisitions, augmenting the collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, illustrated books as well. These new works include a major painting by the midcareer African American artist Glenn Ligon; a select group of 51 works by American artist James Castle; a spectacular baroque silver relief by Giovanni Antonio Fornari; outstanding Dutch paintings by Jan Asselijn, Jan van der Heyden, and Aelbert Cuyp; a fine copy of the illustrated book the Hypnerotomachia, containing the most important series of woodcuts in the Italian Renaissance; and a large pastel by Italian artist Francesco Paolo Michetti.
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