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Yoram Wolberger Acquired by McNay Art Museum

Congratulations to Mark Moore Gallery artist, Yoram Wolberger, whose sculpture “Hutch” (2001) was recently acquired by the McNay Art Museum (TX) for its permanent collection.

Yoram Wolberger, Hutch, 2001, wood, wood products, and brass hardware, 156 x 72 x 24 inches

Yoram Wolberger, Hutch, 2001, wood, wood products, and brass hardware, 156 x 72 x 24 inches

About the artist: Wolberger (b. 1963, Tel Aviv, Israel) earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute’s (CA) New Genres Department. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), deCordova Sculpture Park (MA), the Aldrich Contemporary Museum (CT), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (IL) and the Israeli Museum of Modern Art (Israel) among others. His works have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (CA) and the McNay Art Museum (TX). The artist lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Yoram Wolberger uses childhood toys and everyday domestic items to create his large scale sculptures, foregrounding the latent symbolism and cultural paradigms of these objects that so subtly inform Western culture. By enlarging this ephemera to life size, Wolberger emphasizes the distortions of their original manufacture disallowing any real illusion and conceptually forcing the viewer to reconsider their meanings. When enlarged beyond any possibility of dismissal, we see that toy soldiers create lines between Us and Them, plastic cowboys and Indians marginalize and stereotype the Other, even wedding cake bride and groom figurines dictate our expected gender roles.

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Recent Museum Acquisitions from Mark Moore Gallery

All of us at Mark Moore Gallery are pleased to announce many new museum acquisitions from our artists in such a short time since the beginning of the year.

Allison Schulnik - Captain, 2012

Allison Schulnik
Captain, 2012 / Oil on Linen / 68 x 84 inches
Acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has acquired Okay Mountain‘s 2011 video work, “Instructional Video,” but also, both the Orange County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego have acquired the last two remaining edition copies of Okay Mountain’s 2010 video “Water Water Everywhere So Let’s All Have a Drink.”  In addition, MCASD has also taken Allison Schulnik‘s 2009 animation “Forest” and her large oil painting titled “Captain,” that was featured in her last solo exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery in 2012.

Allison Schulnik again has had work acquired by a museum this year with “Mound,” her most recent animation that premiered at her 2011 solo show at ZieherSmith in New York as well as being featured in her current exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum.  The final edition copy of “Mound” has just been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Also in this short period of time, David Hilliard‘s “5 Cords” has been acquired by the Portland Art Museum, and Tim Bavington‘s “Cry You A Song” has gone to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art.

All of this signals an exciting start to 2013 so far with many other museum acquisitions currently pending. Institutions such as the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Orange County Museum of Art are pending approval on works by Mark Moore Gallery artists Okay Mountain, Penelope Umbrico, Tim Bavington, and Cindy Wright.

Okay Mountain - Prototype #7, 2013

Okay Mountain
Prototype #7, 2013 / Digital c-print / 18 x 24 inches