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Sam Gilliam, Light Depth, 1969. Photo: Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Sam Gilliam, Light Depth, 1969. Photo: Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Artworks from Defunct Corcoran Gallery Enter Collection of Hirshhorn Museum

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will add thirty new works to its collection, including a gift of ten works from Washington, DC’s former Corcoran Gallery of Art. Founded in 1869, the gallery was one of oldest arts institutions in the United States; it shuttered in 2014, after years of financial difficulties, and had to find a new home for its holdings of more than seventeen thousand objects, valued at over $1 billion. Among the artists whose works are included in the gift are Sam Gilliam, Robert Gober, Petah Coyne, and Harvey Quaytman.

“We’re so pleased to begin the year by welcoming thirty incredible works into the Hirshhorn’s collection,” said museum director Melissa Chiu. “The gift from the Corcoran is particularly special, allowing the museum to continue the legacy of the former institution, building upon our current holdings of some of the foremost artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”

Other artworks acquired by the institution include Moath Alofi’s, Mihlaiel, 2018, and The Last Tashahhub, 2017; Dana Awartani’s I went away and forgot you. A while ago I remembered. I remembered I’d forgotten you. I was dreaming, 2017, and Listen to My Words, 2018; Georg Baselitz’s Zero Ende (Zero End), 2013, and Untitled, 2018; Zhang Dali’s 2001 41A, 2001; Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin, 2016; Helen Marten’s Evian Disease, 2012; Ahmed Mater’s The Empty Land, 2012; Shirin Neshat’s Untitled, from the series “Rapture,” 1999; José Santos III’s The Order of Things (no. 3), 2017; and Tsuruko Yamazaki’s Work, 1957.