Less than halfway through the six-month run of its trademark show, the Carnegie International (through Mar. 16, 2014), Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art (CMA) has announced its first round of acquisitions of works from the show. Fifteen artists are included. (Another list will be released in early 2014, according to the museum.) The Carnegie has purchased work from each exhibition, held every four to five years since 1896.
A spokesman declined to disclose the museum’s acquisitions budget, but the Carnegie Institute, in its 2011 tax return, reported spending of $2.5 million on collections. The Carnegie Institute also includes a museum of natural history, a science center and the Andy Warhol Museum. The art museum’s endowment for acquisitions is about $40 million, the spokesman told A.i.A.
In total, the museum plans to purchase work by 28 artists-80 percent of the 35 included in the show. The initial announcement includes Sadie Benning’s suite of 40 casein, acrylic, plaster and polymer clay paintings on board; six of Zanele Muholi’s black-and-white portraits from her photo series “Faces and Phases,” which won the International’s emerging artist prize; and Pedro Reyes’s Disarm (Double Psaltery) and Disarm (Guitar), instruments made from weapons confiscated in Juárez, Mexico.
The full list of 15 artists is below: