FROM THE HILL
Exhibit Raises Ackland's Emphasis on Contemporary Art
The Ackland Art Musew TI is high- lighting selected works this fall from the collection of Mary and
Jim Patton ' 48, two native North
Carolinians who have loaned 26 of their paintings
and sculptures for exhibition. As promised
gifts to the Ackland, these works are
expected to transform the Ackland's
permanent collection and enable the museum
to present a more expansive view of art
from second half of the 20th century.
Museum officials say the size and scope
of this collection already is playing a key
role in triggering the transformation of
the museum as it prepares for expansion.
C harles Millard, chair of the Ackland's
national advisory board and former
clirec-tor of the Ackland, guest-curated the exhi-
bition, titled "Space, Abstraction and Free-
dom: Twentieth-Century Art from the
Collection of Mary and Jim Patton." It
runs through Nov. 11.
The Patton collection is clistinguished by
works representing artists whom observers
creclit with helping to shape the direction of
art since the middle of the 20th century.
These works share similarities with the
earlier paintings in the collection, most
notably a balance between open abstrac-
tion and geometric
and architec ture, and
mythic and realist
subject matter. In
many paintings and
sculptures, light is a
reflecting the Pat-
tons' affinity for the
open spaces of the
n1USeUl TI officials say, White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly-Morning, 1975
the Patton collection by Philip Pearlstein, oil on canvas
is not only highly personal but also sharply focused and cohesive.
The Pattons' love of the arts also extends to music and fine
books. They recently donated a collection ofvolumes ofJames
Dickey, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to the Rare Book Collection
in UNC's Wilson Library.
Bus Stop, 1952 by David Park, oil on canvas
Landscape, I940 by Hans Hofmann, oil on board
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