Featured Acquisition

Marilynn Karp

With the recent gift of 29 works from her personal art collection, Marilynn Karp continues a legacy of giving that began 20 years ago, when she and her husband, Ivan, began donating art to the Flint Institute of Arts. Since that time, the Karps—either personally or by influencing others to give—are responsible for gifts of more than 50 mostly contemporary paintings and sculptures to the FIA. 

According to his obituary in The New York Times, Ivan was “a cigar-chomping, fast-talking New York gallery owner who helped find, popularize and market the Pop artists of the 1960s, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg.” After his time as Associate Director at Leo Castelli Gallery, he founded his own gallery, OK Harris Works of Art, and was the first to exhibit works by artists from the hyperrealist movement, such as Duane Hanson, Deborah Butterfield, and Robert Cottingham. 

While Ivan looked for new trends and new artists to discover, his own collecting interests tended to favor and preserve objects from the past. During an interview in 1969, Ivan described his art collection: “As you can see, it’s pretty eclectic. My wife and I enjoy phenomena. We collect antiques and things. We have a lot of 19th-century landscape paintings of anonymous painters… A cabinet full of mixed antiquities and… a lot of anonymous art from the buildings that have been taken down… Things from buildings. Objects from the 1930s. Everything you can imagine.”1 In her book In Flagrante Collecto (Caught in the Act of Collecting), Marilynn refers to collecting as a calling, illustrating, in over 1,000 photographs, collections of matchbooks, buttons, erasers, and cigar rings. 

Some of the recent gifts to the FIA include 19th-century landscapes and portraits that reflect the Karps’ interest in the past. According to Ivan, “That’s what the arts have been for me; just the whole civilization, the whole world of things that nourish you, that you want to look at; that you need to see.” 

1 From an Oral History Interview with Ivan C. Karp, March 12, 1969, Smithsonian Archives of American Art www.aaa.si.edu/askus

Andy Piedilato, American, b. 1974. Yellow Wood Floor, 2000. Oil on canvas. 80 x 75 inches. 



Acquisitions

Matthew Metz
American, born 1961
Untitled, n.d.  
Ceramic
14 × 14 × 2 inches
Gift of Lynn and John Vinkemulder, 2016.148

Karsten Creightney
American, born 1976
Quince II, 2010
Color monotype with chine collé on paper
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.149 
Renée Stout
American, born 1958
Erzulie, 2002
Monotype in red with sequine attachments on paper
30 × 22 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.150
Renée Stout
American, born 1958
Recurring Damballah Dream, 1999
Lithograph on paper
30 × 22 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.151
Carey Maxon
American, born 1978
Sioux Falls, 2008
Lithograph on paper
26 × 36 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.152
Carey Maxon
American, born 1978
Black, 2008
Lithograph on paper
27 × 36 inches
Gift of John and Natalie Zanatta, 2016.153
William Orling
American
Michigan Ave Towards St. John St., 1974
Oil on panel
16 × 20 inches
Gift of Elizabeth B. Bishop, 2016.154
William Orling
American
1109 Maple, 1974
Oil on panel
16 × 20 inches
Gift of Elizabeth B. Bishop, 2016.155
Ansel Adams
American, 1902–1984
Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley, National Monument, California, printed 1971
Gelatin silver print
19 5/8 × 15 3/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.1
Albert G. Richards
American, 1917–2008
Tulip with Bud Tulipa Cultivar, 1990
Radiograph 14 × 11 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.2
Bohemian
Red, White & Blue concentric millefiori, ca. 1900
Glass
1 3/4 × 2 1/4 inches diameter
Gift of Stewart Ruple and Elsie Ruple Reilly, 2017.3
Jerry Taliaferro
American, born 1953
Women of a New Tribe (49 photographs), 2016
Digital prints
Dimensions vary, framed to 50 x 40 inches each
Museum purchase, 2017.4 – .52
Vanessa German
American, born 1977
No Water Cleanser, 2016
Mixed-media assemblage
75 × 32 × 20 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, and gift of Justice and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams, by exchange, gift of Mr. Harold Frank, by exchange, 2017.53
Michael Chelich
American, born 1963
Portrait, 1994
Oil on canvas
13 1/2 × 12 1/2 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2017.54
Artist Unknown
Portrait of a Young Female, n.d.
Hand painted porcelain plaque
3 3/8 × 2 5/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2017.55
Artist Unknown
Portrait of a Young Officer, n.d.
Ullrich hand painted porcelain plaque
3 5/8 × 3 5/8 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2017.56
Bill Rauhauser
American, 1918–2017
Melon, 1993
Gelatin silver print
7 3/8 × 7 3/8 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2017.57