Intuit’s permanent collection has been enhanced by many gifts of late, including outstanding sculpture, works on paper and mixed-media paintings.
Included in the recent Intuit exhibit Life Lines: The Drawings of Charles Steffen, The White Rose Garden was generously donated by Jan Petry. Initially attending the Illinois Institute of Technology, Steffen (1927-1995) created a large body of work after suffering a mental breakdown for which he was hospitalized over the next 15 years. The White Rose Garden is emblematic of the highly original drawings that ensued. Although many of them were destroyed, the remainder were saved by the Steffen family. To our great delight, this gift comes on the heels of a promised gift from Jan, in honor of Cleo Wilson: a rare carving by the renowned Savannah, Ga., barber/wood sculptor Ulysses Davis (1914-1990). This small carving, Untitled (Fantasy Beast), is a superb example of Davis’ inspired and meticulous craft and vivid imagination. It made a strong showing at Intuit’s installation earlier this year of the traveling exhibit The Treasure of Ulysses Davis, organized by the High Museum in Atlanta. These generous contributions underscore Jan’s steadfast dedication and support for Intuit over the years.
We thank Jim Newberry for his donation of a soulful, poignant portrait by Gregory “Mr. Imagination” Warmack (b. 1948) that was carved from a waste material he dubbed “sandstone,” a byproduct of the foundry industry. Discovery of this material, proving easy for the artist to manipulate, marked a pivotal moment in his becoming an artist. We are pleased to have this example of his early work, undoubtedly a self-portrait.
Two works by artist Jimmie Lee Sudduth (1910-2007) were added to the collection, with thanks to donor Micki Beth Stiller. Untitled (Female/Apron) and Untitled (Snake) are typical of the artist’s finger-paintings using pigments mixed with various improvised binding materials, such as sugar, soft drinks, instant coffee and caulk on found plywood.
We thank Jay Hotchkiss, who arranged the donation of two works by his brother Ben Hotchkiss (b. 1945), both excellent examples of his abstract works.
We also are very grateful to Roger Manley for his donation of two works on paper by Pierre Carbonel (b. 1925). Carbonel was a contemporary and acquaintance of Jean Dubuffet, who championed such work under the banner of art brut. Dubuffet included Carbonel’s work in his Collection de l’Art Brut (now in Lausanne, Switzerland). The works on paper are fine examples of his special ink emulsions, a process he developed and used between 1960 and 1981. Intuit is pleased to accept The Illusion Box, by Jerry Wagner (b. 1939), through a generous donation by Wagner and his dealer, George Jacobs. The Illusion Box is representative of Wagner’s meditative, spiritual and poetic way of immortalizing temporal existence through his drawing/collage works. Wagner’s work was featured at INSITA 2010, The 9th International Triennial of Self-Taught Art in Bratislava, Slovakia.
We thank board member Kevin Cole for his gift of four paintings by Stephen Warde Anderson (b. 1953), known for his paintings of idealized women, stars of the silver screen and other works rendered with his original, pointillist technique.
William Fagaly has graciously contributed a promised gift of Locomotive Engine with Rooster by David Butler (1898—1997) in honor of Phyllis Kind, Susann Craig, Cleo Wilson and Bob Roth. This outstanding example of Butler’s painted tin sculptures was included in Black Folk Art In America 1930-1980, the watershed exhibit (organized by the Corcoran Gallery in 1982) that toured extensively through 1984 and introduced significant African-American self-taught artists widely and in great depth.
Lisa Stone and Don Howlett have promised gifts of three works by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910-1983), including a vase, a miniature chicken bone chair and a self-portrait photograph of the artist sporting a woman’s hat, most likely his wife Marie’s. Also promised is an untitled assemblage of found materials and debris by the beloved Chicago artist Derek Webster (1934-2009).