Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection

A grayscale photograph depicts two clocks sitting on a scale that rests on a tableetop. The left clock reads 12:04, and the right clock reads 12:15. The scale is balanced, implying that the two different times carry the same weight.

Kenji Nakahashi, Time – (A), c. 1980; printed 1985. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. Anonymous gift in memory of Kenji Nakahashi and in honor of Lynn Gumpert and Michèle Wong, 2021.4.5

Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection presents a compelling sampling comprising more than 90 artworks by nearly 60 artists. Curated by the Grey Art Gallery’s Lynn Gumpert and Michèle Wong, the exhibition highlights recent acquisitions of modern and contemporary art from the Middle East by artists such as Farah Al Qasimi, Shahpour Pouyan, and Parviz Tanavoli and photographs by Harry Callahan, Peter Hujar, and Kenji Nakahashi, among others. Mostly New also debuts the first selection of works from its newly acquired Cottrell-Lovett Collection, donated by longtime art patrons, social activists, and downtown Manhattan residents Dr. James Cottrell and Mr. Joseph Lovett. Included are paintings and prints by downtown New York artists such as Donald Baechler, Deborah Kass, and Glenn Ligon. Established in 1958—and stewarded by the Grey Art Gallery since the museum’s opening in 1975—the New York University Art Collection now comprises over 6,000 objects. Following such exhibitions as New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection (2008), Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965 (2017), and, most recently, Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection (2019), Mostly New offers visitors the opportunity to view never-seen and rarely displayed gems from a landmark academic art collection.

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Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection is organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, and curated by Lynn Gumpert and Michèle Wong. The exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust.