Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art

Exhibition Features Over 50 Recent Acquisitions in the DMA’s Acclaimed Collection, The Majority on View for the First Time

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, an exhibition drawn exclusively from the Museum’s strong holdings of contemporary art. On view March 8 through July 20, 2014, in the DMA’s iconic Barrel Vault and surrounding galleries, the exhibition brings together more than 50 works in various media that have entered the DMA’s collection within the past five years. A majority of the works will be on display for the first time since entering the Museum’s collection, including seven new acquisitions made in February of this year.  

The Dallas Museum of Art has one of the leading collections of contemporary art in any encyclopedic museum in the country, and Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art demonstrates the vigor of our contemporary art collecting program and the deep commitment of the curatorial team to highlighting the work of living artists for our visitors and in our community,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA.   

The works on view in Never Enough entered the DMA’s collection between 2009 and 2014 and were produced from the 1960s to the present. The Museum’s recent acquisitions of photographic works are a highlight of the exhibition, emphasizing the DMA’s focus on photography as a conceptual tool, and including artists such as Michele Abeles, Will Benedict, Lucas Blalock, Josh Brand, Sara Cwynar, Douglas Huebler and Erin Shirreff. In addition, the DMA will premiere for the first time outside of Asia a body of nine sculptural photographs from 2006 by Yuki Kimura, which represents the largest holding of the Japanese artist’s work outside of her native country.

The exhibition will also include a new work by conceptual artist Darren Bader—obi and/with SCOBY;  oak with/and smoke;  owl and/with towel;  oar with/and store;  oil with/and mohel;  oat and/with note; orc with/and fork—whose elements will expand beyond the exhibition galleries into the Museum Store and elsewhere. Additional highlights include a large-scale video installation by Charles Atlas and interactive pieces by Atsuko Tanaka and Franz Erhard Walther, both on public view for the first time.

This exhibition encapsulates the DMA’s ambitious contemporary program, aimed at collecting and presenting the most interesting and experimental work being made today,” stated Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. “I am excited to share the increasingly wide range of contemporary artists and practices that now call the DMA’s permanent collection ‘home.’”

Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. The exhibition is included in the Museum's free general admission. 

Images: (Left) Yuki Kimura, August, 2006, Lambda print mounted on wood, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund; (Center) Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2009, canvas, wood, and plastic, The Menil Foundation; Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Rachofsky Collection and Deedie and Rusty Rose; The Rachofsky Collection; and Deedie and Rusty Rose; (Right) Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers, 2011, three-channel video projection, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Marguerite Steed Hoffman

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For more information, please contact:
Jill Bernstein
Dallas Museum of Art