Published: November 4, 2016
TACOMA, WASH. — The Tacoma Art Museum presents “The Beauty of a Shared Passion: Highlights from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection,” on view through April 23. This preview exhibition unveils 65 major works of art from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection that are among 225 works along with $14 million included in a promised gift to the museum, announced earlier this year on Mrs Benaroya’s 93rd birthday (January 14). The funds will support the care of the collection and construction of a new wing at TAM. Olson Kundig will design the museum expansion, planned to open late fall 2018.
Visitors will see paintings, works on paper, sculptures and studio art glass by Northwest and international artists. In fact, this gift places Tacoma in the top five museums nationwide with a collection of American studio glass of this caliber. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see in one location major works by Deborah Butterfield, Kenneth Callahan, Dale Chihuly, Kyohei Fujita, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Ginny Ruffner, Lino Tagliapietra, Cappy Thompson and many other internationally acclaimed artists.
TAM’s Executive Director Stephanie Stebich said, “Becky Benaroya made an extraordinary gift to our community. This preview exhibition will give visitors an exciting taste of Becky and Jack’s impressive collection, with plenty of surprises in store for the future. Becky’s generous gift honors her late husband Jack by ensuring their collection will remain together and can be enjoyed by all for generations to come. TAM is privileged to share the Benaroyas’ passion and collecting vision.”
Chief Curator Rock Hushka said, “The quality of this collection cannot be overstated. There are treasures by artists who are already in TAM’s collections, as well as some who have been on our wish list. We are grateful for this precious gift and eager for visitors to experience it.”
Becky and Jack Benaroya built their collection over the course of 35 years, starting in 1980 with Dale Chihuly’s blown glass “Tomato Red Basket Set.” The couple followed their passions and acquired seminal works from Northwest artists who have had national and international impact. Each work in the collection evokes a special memory for the Benaroyas. They often formed lasting friendships with the artists, and purchased several works by each.
“I am very much looking forward to seeing Jack’s and my collection on view in the galleries at Tacoma Art Museum. So many people at the museum have been working diligently to share our story and the stories of the artists we have so dearly appreciated. I am so pleased to share our love of Northwest artists with the region,” said Becky Benaroya.
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“Sparkling Woman” by Dan Dailey (American, b 1947), 1991. Blown glass and enamel, 19 by 14 by 14 inches. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
“Two Birds” by Kenneth Callahan (American, 1905–1986), not dated, ink on paper, 17½ by 23½ inches. Tacoma Art Museum.
“Green Eye of the Pyramid III” by Stanislav Libenský (Czech, 1921–2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (Czech, b 1924), 1993–94. Mold melted and cut glass, 33 by 40 by 8 inches. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
Lalique (founded 1888, France) vase, “Oran,” 1927; mold‑pressed glass, acid‑etched, and patina, 10½ by 10¾ by 10¾ inches. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
“Summer Bouquet” by Morris Graves (American, 1910–2001), not dated; mixed media on paper, 46 by 39½ inches. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
“Seaform Set” by Dale Chihuly (American, b 1941), 1982–83; blown glass, dimensions variable. Tacoma Art Museum, all objects shown on this page are promised gifts of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
Daum (founded 1878, France) vase, “Gazelle (male),” circa 1925. Frosted and etched glass, 15 inches high. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
Deborah Butterfield (American, b 1949), untitled, 1992; cast bronze and patina, 36 by 54 by 13 inches. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo. Art ©Deborah Butterfield/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
“Color Movement with Purpose” by Paul Horiuchi (Japanese American, 1906–1999), circa 1985–86; collage on six panel screen, 71½ by 144 inches. Tacoma Art Museum. —Photo ©TAM, Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis photo
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