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September 2011

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Features Alumni Owned Art

The Ackland Art Museum of The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, will present the exhibit, Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, on view from Sept. 9 through Dec. 4, 2011.

Gathered from the private collections of more than 45 alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill, the exhibition brings together nearly 90 hidden treasures by some of the most renowned artists of the modern era.

From Claude Monet to Alexander Calder, from Louise Bourgeois to Yayoi Kusama, Carolina Collects offers an extraordinary overview of art of the past 150 years through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, many of which have rarely been exhibited.

American artists in the exhibit include Marsden Hartley, Thomas Hart Benton, Isamu Noguchi, George Bellows, Louise Nevelson, Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Alice Neel, Richard Diebenkorn, David Smith, Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Meyer Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Robert Smithson, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Colescott, Martin Puryear, Lynda Benglis, Lee Bontecou, Sam Durant, and Glenn Ligon, among others.

European artists are also a significant presence in the exhibition, among them Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Gustave Doré, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, André Derain, Henri Rousseau, Emil Nolde, El Lissitsky, Gaston Lachaise, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore, Giorgio de Chirico, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Olafur Eliasson, and Bridget Riley.

An area, among several, in which Carolina Collects is particularly strong is photography, with photos by Lewis Hine, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Weegee, O. Winston Link, Sally Mann, Irving Penn, Nan Goldin, Tina Barney, John Coplans, William Wegman, Gabriel Orozco, and others featured.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication and a series of related programming.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919/966-5736 or visit (


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