A Material Legacy

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art

A Material Legacy

Book Pages: 112 Illustrations: 100 color illustrations Published: February 2016

Art and Visual Culture > Art Criticism and Theory

Comprised of more than thirty large-scale works in two- and three-dimensions and drawn entirely from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection, A Material Legacy is a multi-generational exhibition that illustrates the material impulse found in contemporary art-making practices. Nearly all of the works in the exhibition have been made within the last ten years, and many in the last several years, providing an almost real-time glimpse into the varied approaches and innovative techniques of art being made in the second decade of the twenty-first century. As the daughter and son-in-law of legendary art collectors, patrons, benefactors and philanthropists Raymond D. and Patsy R. Nasher, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger have continued a family tradition by amassing a significant art collection. Raymond and Patsy acquired one of the world’s great collections of modern sculpture, while Nancy and David have focused primarily on contemporary art, expanding their interest beyond three-dimensional work to include painting, drawing, and multimedia works into their collection. A Material Legacy reveals the various ways in which contemporary artists manifest a material tendency, from the politically-charged works of Ivan Navarro and Kara Walker, the formal complexity of Tony Cragg, and the ascetic repetition of Sol Lewitt, to the colorful exuberance of Katharina Grosse and Elliot Hundley, among many others. The exhibition will be on display at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from February 18 to July 10, 2016.


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Marshall N. Price is the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. He received a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Price was Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and from 2003-2014 he was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum, New York. He has organized dozens of exhibitions including most recently Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967–75 (2015), Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel (2013), Pat Steir: Blue River (2013), and John Cage: The Sight of Silence (2011). Dr. Price has lectured and written extensively on modern and contemporary art, including recent publications Robert Kipniss: Paintings and Poetry, 1950–1965 (2014), Martin Kline: Romantic Nature (2012), and others. 

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Directors' Foreword / Sarah Schroth and James Steward  9
Acknowledgments / Sarah Schroth  11
Introduction: Notes on Collecting Patterns in the Nasher Haemisegger Collection  15
Material Inclinations: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art / Marshall N. Price  53
Exhibition Checklist  87
Reproduction Credits  89
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-6190-9 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-938989-40-0
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