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New Acquisitions

The collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art is dynamic and growing under the guidance of a dedicated staff of curators. The curators, possessing a deep knowledge of the Museum’s art collection as well as the global art market, seek out new acquisitions that strengthen the collection’s survey of art history and enhance its overall quality. Acquisitions are made primarily by purchase with museum funds or by gift through the generosity of donors. This section lists some of the most important art acquisitions made by the NCMA in the past twelve months.

Village and Elsewhere: Thai Villagers and Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith and Holofernes”

Araya Rasdjamrearnsook
Thai, born 1957

Digital pigment print
28 3/4 × 38 3/4 in. (73 × 98.4 cm)
Purchased with funds from the Matrons of the Arts (2020.17.1/dc)

Frédérick Douglass

Omar Victor Diop
Senegalese, born 1980

Pigment inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo paper
23 5/8 × 23 5/8 in. (60 × 60 cm)
Purchased with funds from the Friends of Photography (2020.16.1/dc)

Man with Renoir

Andrew Bush
American, born 1956

Iris print, edition: 3/6
45 x 26 in. (114.3 x 66 cm.)
Gift of Allen G. Thomas, Jr., 2019 (2019.1.1)

Carribean Days

Wosene Kosrof
Ethiopian, born 1950

Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 in.
Gift of Josette Bailey, 2019 (2019.11)

Masquerade costume with face mask and fan (Omabe)

Igbo artist
Nigerian, 20th century

Fabric, wood and paint
H and W (pants): 47 ½ × 56 in. (120.7 × 142.2 cm) H, W, and D (tunic and mask): 54 ¾ × 89 × 9 ¾ in. (139.1 × 226.1 × 24.8 cm)
H, W, and D (fan): 15 ½ × 8 7/8 × 7/8 in. (39.4 × 22.5 × 2.2 cm)
Partial gift of Curtis L. Scribner, MD, and partial purchase with funds from the Art Trust Fund Endowment, 2019 (2019.9/a–c)

Torah Shield

Galician (Eastern Poland or Western Ukraine)
1766/67 (dedication), with later additions, probably 18th century

Silver: repoussé, chased, cast, partly gilded; mounted with two carnelians, engraved and gilded, unidentified hardstone, and glass backed with metal foil
Gift of Marion Meyer-Robboy and Stanley Robboy in honor of Vaughan and Nicolas Meyer’s 20th wedding anniversary, and gift of Stefanie and Douglas Kahn, and other Friends of the Judaic Art Gallery, 2019 (2019.7)


Jaume Plensa
Spanish, born 1955

Mixed media on paper
11 3/4 × 8 5/8 in. (29.8 × 21.9 cm)
Gift of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler, 2018 (2018.16)
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