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The current installation in the Museum’s gallery of contemporary art, revolves around two important paintings currently on loan to the Museum: Tan Tan Bo – In Communication (2014) by Takashi Murakami and The Little Star Dweller (2006) by Yoshitomo Nara.

Building on the success of last fall’s upper-level seminar on Paul Cézanne, John Elderfield is teaching a course this fall that addresses aspects of the work of the American artist Willem de Kooning, in particular the relationships in de Kooning’s practice between painting and drawing and between abstraction and figuration.

A spectacular, sprawling sixty-six-foot mosaic and a twenty-five-foot luminous multilayered glass painting by the acclaimed Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander will join the Museum’s collections this fall. The two site-specific works will  be permanently installed at the newly renovated 20 Washington Road, the former Frick Chemistry Laboratory and now the new home to the Economics Department and the Louis A. Simpson *60 International Building at Princeton. Overlooking the building’s large open-lit common areas—the glass painting in the Economics Forum and the mosaic in the International Atrium—the works are Sikander’s first foray into glass.

Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger—both alumni of Princeton’s Class of 1976—have been collecting contemporary art since 2007. Highlights of their collection are now on view in A Material Legacy, which reveals the range of their aesthetic and cultural interests—varying from abstract to figurative, gestural to geometric, minimal to extravagant—while demonstrating that no single visual idiom dictates the output of contemporary artists.

The Museum is excited to present a very special series of artists’ talks this fall. The season begins with Pat Steir—long one of the most important abstract painters on the New York scene—whose work is currently on view at the Museum with two major new acquisitions. Teresita Fernández, a leading contemporary artist, is highlighted in A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art. Internationally acclaimed Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander will be featured this fall in an exhibition of contemporary South Asian art and with two monumental new commissions on campus.

Opening July 30, A Material Legacy brings together many of the most exciting artists of the past decade to illuminate the material impulse found in contemporary art practices.

The first gallery visitors discover as they enter the Museum, Marquand Mather Court, gets a new face this season in response to an extraordinary work of art. Takashi Murakami has emerged in the past fifteen years as one of the most influential artists working in contemporary Japan, and his Tan Tan Bo – In Communication is one of the most powerful of his recent works.

For decades, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard has explored organic and inorganic materials, the familiar and the unfamiliar. The works by von Rydingsvard on view illustrate a concern for the aesthetic potential and emotional power of materials that is shared by several other contemporary artists whose work is found in the Museum’s collections.
An exceptional sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard has been commissioned to highlight the entrance to the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University.

On the eve of the arrival at Princeton of El Anatsui, our 2014–2015 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist-in-Residence, the Museum purchased an extraordinary recent work by the artist: Another Place (2014).