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UAM ACCEPTS GIFT FROM THE
GORDON HAMPTON FOUNDATION



[ Announcement | News | Background | Display | Dedication | Events | Exhibition | General Information ]

Announcement:

Important LOS ANGELES ART COLLECTION GOES IN ENTIRETY TO CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH
THE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM ACCEPTS GIFT OF 85 WORKS OF ART BY 42 ARTISTS FROM THE GORDON HAMPTON FOUNDATION
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News:

The University Art Museum accepts a major gift of 85 works of art by 42 artists from the Gordon Hampton Foundation. The Gordon F. Hampton Collection includes signature works by such artists as Al Held, Michael Goldberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, and Milton Resnick. Gordon Hampton (1912-1996) was a renowned Los Angeles antitrust attorney, an enlightened art patron, philanthropist, and one of the original partners in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP. A founding member and former chairman of the Fellows of Contemporary Art, Hampton fostered his expansive interest in art as he traveled the world assembling a notable and distinctly personal collection. The late attorney's collection--the property of the Gordon Hampton Foundation--is given to the UAM through the generosity of his children, Wesley G. Hampton, Roger K. Hampton and Katharine (Kit) Hampton Shenk. The collection is valued in excess of $3.2 million, making it the most significant gift to the museum since its founding.

Background:

This outstanding gift, received on the occasion of the museum's 25th anniversary, is rich in second-generation Abstract Expressionism and works by prominent members of the New York School of painting. Some highlights include a rare Adolph Gottlieb pictograph, seven major works spanning the entire breadth of pioneer abstractionist Al Held's career, and widely known images by Lee Krasner--two of which are presently traveling in her retrospective exhibition.

Collection on Display:

Four of the five new acquisitions by Krasner--"Gothic Frieze," 1950, "Stretched Yellow," 1955, "Cornucopia," 1958, and "What Beast Must I Adore?," 1961--were featured in the seminal publication on the artist, Lee Krasner, A Retrospective by Barbara Rose, published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1983, in which Krasner was described as "a pioneer first-generation New York School artist of primary importance."

With this generous gift, the museum will also acquire work by such artists as William Brice, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Ed Gilliam, Nancy Graves, Roger Herman, David Hockney, Roberto Juarez, Claes Oldenburg, Eugene Sturman, and Emerson Woelffer.

Gallery Dedication and Reception:

In accordance with Gordon Hampton's wishes, the museum will maintain the collection at the offices of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton at 333 South Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles for a significant period. The public spaces of their elegant offices--approximately 132,000 square feet on 5 floors--will serve as a satellite exhibition facility for the UAM and the university's art outreach programs. The collection will be accessible to the public, special events and lectures will be offered at the site, students and visiting scholars will have the opportunity to study the works, and the museum will create special exhibitions centered on particular facets of the collection. This unique collaboration with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton is a landmark education partnership between California State University, Long Beach, and the private sector.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton is the ninth largest law firm in California with more than 280 attorneys in each of the State’s four major financial centers. Known locally for underwriting The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on KCET, the firm also supports art and entertainment outreach programs in the greater Los Angeles community.

Events:

Sunday, November 7, 1999 4-6 pm, UAM Galleries
On the occasion of the UAM's acceptance of the gift, the main gallery will be named the Gordon F. Hampton Gallery. In order to celebrate the on-going growth and strength of the museum and its collections, a number of works from the Hampton gift will be featured in the UAM's 25th-anniversary exhibition, Historically Speaking, generously supported by The Pasadena Art Alliance, which opens on November 7, 1999, with the 4-6 pm reception.

Lecture, November 7, 1999 3 pm, Peter Plagens
At 3 pm, prior to the UAM ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly named Gordon F. Hampton Gallery and a gala reception for the exhibition, at the museum from 4 to 6 pm, the UAM will host the annual Zeitlin Lecture by Newsweek art critic Peter Plagens, dedicated to the topic of the Hampton gift. The lecture is free of charge and will be held in the Martha Knoebel Dance Theater. Parking is free. Please call for directions.

Exhibition--"Historically Speaking: UAM, 25 Years of Excellence":

Selections from the Gordon F. Hampton Collection, which includes the work of Michael Goldberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Al Held, Lee Krasner, Arnold Mesches, and Milton Resnick, among many will form the centerpiece of the exhibition Historically Speaking, a history of the museum and its collections, highlighting the recent acquisitions which will be on view for the first time. On the occasion of the museum's 25th anniversary, and to celebrate California State University, Long Beach, turning fifty, the University Art Museum examines the rich—too often understated—contribution it has made to the Southern California art scene. As a tribute to these significant milestones, the museum will review the high points of a quarter century in the arts and in the life of the community, and celebrate the UAM's commitment to modern and contemporary art.


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