• Christopher Brown, (American, b. 1951)
    Continental II, 1995/2013
    oil on linen
    20 x 20 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Christopher Brown and John Berggruen Gallery in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.20
    © Christopher Brown, courtesy of John Berggruen Gallery. Photo: courtesy of the artist and John Berggruen Gallery

     

    Christopher Brown, (American, b. 1951)
    Continental II, 1995/2013
    oil on linen
    20 x 20 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Christopher Brown and John Berggruen Gallery in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.20
    © Christopher Brown, courtesy of John Berggruen Gallery. Photo: courtesy of the artist and John Berggruen Gallery

     

  • June Ahrens, (American, b. 1939)
    Used and Worn, 1995–96
    soap, stones, steel
    72 x 80 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of June Ahrens in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.18.1-501
    © June Ahrens

    June Ahrens, (American, b. 1939)
    Used and Worn, 1995–96
    soap, stones, steel
    72 x 80 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of June Ahrens in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.18.1-501
    © June Ahrens

  • Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941)
    Chandelier Drawing, 2013
    acrylic on paper
    30 x 22 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Chihuly Studio in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.13
    © Dale Chihuly. Photo: courtesy of Chihuly Studio

    Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941)
    Chandelier Drawing, 2013
    acrylic on paper
    30 x 22 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Chihuly Studio in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.13
    © Dale Chihuly. Photo: courtesy of Chihuly Studio

  • Willem de Looper (American, 1932–2009)
    Nikko, 1994
    acrylic on canvas
    72 x 80 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Frauke de Looper and Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.19
    © The Estate of Willem de Looper

    Willem de Looper (American, 1932–2009)
    Nikko, 1994
    acrylic on canvas
    72 x 80 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Frauke de Looper and Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.19
    © The Estate of Willem de Looper

  • Lois Dodd, (American, b. 1927)
    Hydrangea, 1997
    oil on masonite
    12 x 18 7/8 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Lois Dodd and Alexandre Gallery, NY in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014.3
    © Lois Dodd/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, courtesy of Alexandre Gallery, New York. Photo: courtesy of Alexandre Gallery, New York

    Lois Dodd, (American, b. 1927)
    Hydrangea, 1997
    oil on masonite
    12 x 18 7/8 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Lois Dodd and Alexandre Gallery, NY in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014.3
    © Lois Dodd/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, courtesy of Alexandre Gallery, New York. Photo: courtesy of Alexandre Gallery, New York

  • Angela Dufresne (American, b. 1969)
    Bocklindastadt with Condos and Transit, 2012
    oil on canvas
    40 x 60 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Angela Dufresne in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.17
    © Angela Dufresne. Photo: courtesy of the artist

    Angela Dufresne (American, b. 1969)
    Bocklindastadt with Condos and Transit, 2012
    oil on canvas
    40 x 60 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Angela Dufresne in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.17
    © Angela Dufresne. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Robert Forbes (American, b. 1948)
    Plaza Telephone Booth, 1992
    oil on canvas
    edition 2 of 2
    20 x 30 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of Lolly and Jim Mitchell in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.10
    © Robert Forbes

     

    Robert Forbes (American, b. 1948)
    Plaza Telephone Booth, 1992
    oil on canvas
    edition 2 of 2
    20 x 30 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of Lolly and Jim Mitchell in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.10
    © Robert Forbes

     

  • Wilbur Niewald (American, b. 1925)
    Still Life with Bowl of Apples and Grey Pitcher, 1999
    oil on canvas
    26 x 32 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Gerry and Wilbur Niewald in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.12
    © Wilbur Niewald, courtesy of the artist and Haw Contemporary. Photo: E. G. Schempf

     

    Wilbur Niewald (American, b. 1925)
    Still Life with Bowl of Apples and Grey Pitcher, 1999
    oil on canvas
    26 x 32 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Gerry and Wilbur Niewald in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.12
    © Wilbur Niewald, courtesy of the artist and Haw Contemporary. Photo: E. G. Schempf

     

  • Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009)
    Wolf River Apples (study), September 24, 1959
    dry brush on paper
    13 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Lee and Nicholas Wyeth in honor Crosby Kemper on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.14
    © Andrew Wyeth. Photo: James Allison Photography, 2013

    Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009)
    Wolf River Apples (study), September 24, 1959
    dry brush on paper
    13 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches
    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
    Gift of Lee and Nicholas Wyeth in honor Crosby Kemper on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.14
    © Andrew Wyeth. Photo: James Allison Photography, 2013

Depth and Meaning: 20th Anniversary Gifts

Friday, June 6, 2014 to Sunday, June 14, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Depth and Meaning: 20th Anniversary Gifts presents a selection of works of art gifted to the Kemper Museum by artists and collectors, dealers, and other friends to commemorate and celebrate the Museum’s twenty-year milestone. These extraordinary gifts also add depth and meaning to our understanding of the styles and influences of contemporary artists whose works are already a part of the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection.

Our mission to collect, care for, and interpret works of art is enhanced by the generosity and commitment of donors. Three works in the Kemper Museum Collection by Berkeley, California–based artist Christopher Brown, including the recently gifted painting Continental II (1995/2013), provide an overview of Brown’s ambitious project and the variations in scale and perspective he employs. New York and Maine–based artist Lois Dodd’s Hydrangea (1997) reveals a gestural approach that accentuates the organic floral subject while Men’s Shelter, April (1968) from the Museum’s Collection captures an urban view through a window in a series of interlocking planes. Both paintings recall her signature ability to create tension between two- and three-dimensional space. Connecticut-based artist June Ahrens employs repeated motifs and recontextualizes objects, as seen in the grid of tin trays holding individual pieces of soap and stones in Used and Worn (1995–96), transforming the experience of these banal objects and materials and breathing life back into the act of working with one’s hands. Using everyday materials such as paper, soap, and glass—a primary medium in her work Still Standing (2010) in the Kemper Permanent Collection—Ahrens continues to play on themes of loss, fragility, danger, and survival.