Boston's ICA Acquires $10 Million Collection of Art by Women

  • BOSTON, Massachusetts
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  • December 21, 2014

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Amy Sillman, Unearth, 2003, Oil on canvas, 66 x 78 inches. Gift of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women.
Photo: John Berens.

In the largest gift of art ever made to the museum, Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art has acquired 43 major works of 20th- and 21st-century art from the Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women.

The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women represents three decades of collecting by philanthropist and political activist Barbara Lee. It brings together painting, sculpture, and photography by iconic modern and contemporary artists whose work and ideas have changed the course of art history. Ranging from portraiture to performance, abstraction and representation, conceptual and craft-based work, the art in the Collection presents personal and political explorations of identity; feminism; materiality; and the body as the site of pleasure, violence, repression and expression.

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This extraordinary gift deepens the ICA's holdings of works by Louise Bourgeois, Tara Donovan, Marlene Dumas, Mona Hatoum, Cindy Sherman, and Lorna Simpson, and adds seminal works by artists who are part of the ICA's exhibition history including Sandra Cinto; Rachel Harrison; Eva Hesse; Jenny Holzer; Roni Horn; Louise Lawler; Ana Mendieta; Doris Salcedo; Joan Semmel; Amy Sillman; Kiki Smith; Shelburne Thurber; and Lisa Yuskavage. 


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