Most of the attention that Nasher Sculpture Center garnered in 2013 was for its ambitious Xchange program, which placed 10 pieces of public art around the Dallas area. But the Nasher has just announced that 2013 was also very good to them in other ways, namely they were the recipient of 18 pieces of art.
The gifts included works by such artists as David Bates, Tony Cragg, Raoul Hague, Thomas Houseago, Dr. Lakra, James Magee, Claes Oldenburg, Jaume Plensa, Sterling Ruby and Peter Voulkos.
In addition, the Nasher purchased Adam Silverman and Nader Tehrani's Boolean Valley in 2013. The piece of art, which consists of a series of nearly 400 clay objects, was previously on display at the Nasher in 2010 in one of the garden's reflecting pools. It will go on display again in spring 2014, possibly in a different configuration.
Of the 18 works gifted to the Nasher in 2013, there are definitive plans for only the two works by David Bates. Bates' bronze sculpture Man with Snake III and charcoal drawing Man with Snake I will be part of an upcoming career survey of his work at the Nasher and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, February 9 – May 11, 2014.
Donors of the various artworks included the Barrett Collection, the Raoul Hague Foundation, the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection, Anthony Nicholas, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, the Rajala Family and Wendy Barrie Brotman.