Abigail Baratta (New York) and Eugenia Braniff (Mexico City) have joined the Tate Americas Foundation Board adding great new insight and leadership.
Abigail Baratta first became involved with Tate in 2008 and has been active since through the Tate Foundation Board, the North American Acquisitions Committee, and support of Tate Modern 2 and Steve McQueen Year 3.
Eugenia Braniff was the Artistic Director at Estancia FEMSA, a cultural and artistic platform hosted by Casa Luis Barragan with the support of FEMSA Collection. Braniff is a former sales associate at David Zwirner, a member of the Guggenheim Latin American Circle, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture.
The North American Acquisitions Committee (NAAC) held their seminar meeting during Frieze London; had a private view of Olafur Elliason and reviewed the research on future priorities for acquisition. The Latin American Acquisitions Committee (LAAC) had a successful meeting during Art Basel Miami and voted to acquire works from Vivian Suter, Liliana Maresca, Alfredo Jaar, Johanna Calle, Laura Aguilar, Antonio Pichilla, and Marcia Schvartz.
The 2019 Tate Americas Foundation dinner honored five extraordinary women artists all currently engaged with Tate — Aliza Nisenbaum, Lorna Simpson, Sarah Sze, Anicka Yi, and Cecilia Vicuña. It was an unforgettable evening in Lorna Simpson’s studio with each of the artists speaking eloquently about their work.
The Tate Americas Foundation received a gift of a major painting by Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), one of the leading figures of abstract American art in the 20th century. Vessel 1961, a spectacular example of the artist’s work created during an important early stage of her career, has been generously donated by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in New York and marks the first painting by the artist to enter the museum’s collection. It is now on show at Tate Modern alongside four other paintings on loan from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as part of a year-long free display of the artist’s work.
Vessel was made using Frankenthaler’s signature ‘soak-stain’ technique, whereby she poured thinned oil paint onto raw canvas placed directly on the studio floor. This allowed her to create pools and lines of paint, which she moved with brushes and other tools to produce washes of color. ‘There are no rules’, she said. ‘That is how art is born.’