press release

A suite of exhibitions will feature works given to, or purchased by, the Yale Center for British Art in recent years. These exhibitions will honor the Center’s fortieth anniversary, incorporating selections from the last of Paul Mellon’s gifts to the institution, which include the life-interest works with which his wife Rachel Lambert Mellon lived until her death in 2014. Gifts from other significant donors, such as Joseph McCrindle and Brian Sewell, will also be featured, as will donations of important modern and contemporary prints. Other exhibitions will be thematic, focusing on childhood and education, war and conflict, and the natural world. Highlights include a group of works by the painter John Golding from the artist’s estate, tracing his development as an abstract painter; works by Richard Hamilton and Anish Kapoor; and a selection from a recent gift of nearly four hundred prints by the iconic 1960s photographer Lewis Morley.

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions is curated by Elisabeth Fairman, Chief Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts; Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections and Head of Collections Information and Access; Lars Kokkonen, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture; and Sarah Welcome, Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts; under the direction of Scott Wilcox, Deputy Director for Collections.