SEATTLE - A collection of centuries-old European prints and photographic art are coming to the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery, courtesy of one of the minds behind the atomic clock.
Donated by Seattle art collector Albert Feldmann, 204 European prints from the 15th to 18th centuries by such artists as Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, Albrecht Dürer, Jacques Callot and Giovanni Battista Piranesi donated by Feldmann, a lifelong collector and retired Boeing senior engineer. Among the prints donated is the 1542 engraving, “A Mans Head,” by 16th-century laid paper artist Hans Sebald Beham.
A noted mechanical engineer who built the first laser, Feldmann played a role in the developing the atomic clock and amassed a comprehensive collection of European master prints and books on the subject. For over 50 years, Feldmann collected works of the highest quality and finest condition said Henry Art Gallery Director, Sylvi Wolf. He chose for the Henry for this gift because he wished the collection to remain local and accessible to students. The “Collection of American Photographs 1970-1980” from the Washington Art Consortium includes 185 photos by 33 distinguished artists such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Callahan and Lee Friedlander.
Formed in 1976 by Seattle philanthropist and collector Virginia Wright, the consortium was built to honor distinguished modern art and to foster collaboration among Washington state’s art museums. In February, the consortium announced that its collection would be split among its various member museums to bolster public access to its works. Early color photographs by Jan Groover, Bea Nettles, John Pfahl, Eve Sonneman, and rare vintage dye transfer prints by William Eggleston are among the photo collection’s highlights.
The Henry Art Gallery’s nearly 3,000 photographic works stretch from the inception of the medium to the current decade. This latest donation expands the Henry’s holdings from two iconic periods in photography — the 1970s and ’80s. The Washington Art Consortium is partnered with the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Pullman’s Museum of Art at Washington State University, and Bellingham’s Western Gallery at Western Washington University and Whatcom Museum.
Now in its 90th year, the Henry Art Gallery has collected more than 26,000 artworks over the decades, from photographs, sculpture, video, paintings, and new media.
The gallery’s works are showcased in the Eleanor Henry Reed Collection Study Center, which makes items from the permanent collection available by appointment to students, researchers, and the public. On November 4, the Henry will open “The Time. The Place: Contemporary Art from the Collection,” which will focus on contemporary works that have entered the permanent collection in the past 20 years.