Adding to the Mix 1: John Wesley’s Boeing (1982)

May 17, 2011August 21, 2011

Pink airplane in clouds

This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of John Wesley’s formally powerful and witty painting Boeing (1982). It brings together works from the museum’s collection that highlight the painting’s relationship to surreal, abstract, and cartoony traditions in modern art. Artists represented include Lee Bontecou, Ed Ruscha, Jim Nutt, Bridget Riley, and Takashi Murakami. This exhibition is the first in an informal series that will stimulatingly and evocatively set recent acquisitions within the context of resonant works already in the collection.

Image: John Wesley, American, born 1928, Boeing, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 41 1/2 x 55 in. (105.4 x 139.7 cm), Ackland Fund, 2011.3