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December 9, 2012

Supporter of Fred Jones art museum pledges donation

NORMAN — Up to $200K pledge made to help purchase Ruscha painting

A supporter of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has made a pledge to match up to $200,000 toward the purchase of a painting by contemporary artist Ed Ruscha, museum officials announced Tuesday.

Ruscha has been credited by art critics and collectors as one of the most important living artists of the pop art movement. His painting, “No Man’s Land,” recollects the artist’s youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world outside of the state.

Fundraising efforts to acquire the painting began this fall, but the announced pledge provides major momentum for the fundraising effort. The benefactor has initially agreed to match donations made Dec. 1-31.

“We have been given the incredible opportunity to acquire this major work of art by a leading, living American artist,” said Ghislain d’Humières, director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “Now, thanks to a generous benefactor who appreciates the value this work would bring to our collections, we have the opportunity to raise up to $400,000 toward the purchase of this work.

“I hope organizations and individuals will please consider making an end-of-the-year donation to the museum to help acquire this much-needed painting by an original Oklahoma artist.”

The museum on the OU Norman campus is seeking to add the large painting by Ruscha to its permanent collection, which already boasts works by major French Impressionist, Native American and other modern and contemporary artists.

The work is being offered to the museum for purchase and is currently on loan and on display at the museum. If acquired, “No Man’s Land” will be the first major Ruscha work held in a public collection in Oklahoma.

Born in Omaha, Neb., in 1937, Ruscha moved to Oklahoma City in 1941. He moved to Los Angeles in 1956 with friend and aspiring musician Mason Williams and enrolled at Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). “No Man’s Land,” painted in 1990, references Ruscha’s earlier history. The white, silhouetted shape, created by blocking out the gessoed underpainting of the canvas with tape, outlines the territory of Oklahoma before it became a state — when it was a “no man’s land.”

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