The Amarillo Museum of Art’s permanent collection totals more than 2,000 objects which can be grouped in the following categories:
The Depression’s impact on Texas is represented by over 400 photographs by Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers such as Russell Lee, Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, and Jack Delano. Photographs by Douglas Kent Hall and Martin Schreiber document the life of the working cowboy in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Other notable photographs in the collection include works by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Edward Muybridge, Bernice Abbott, Linda Conner, David Levinthal, and Ansel Adams. Types of photographs include gelatin silver prints, silver chloride prints, photogravure, dry transfer, cibachrome, ambrotype, daguerreotype, palladium prints, and hand colored albumen prints.
Artists represented in the collection include Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, James Brooks, Lawrence Calcagno, and Florence Pierce. Other Texas and regional artists in the collection include Melissa Miller, David Bates, Woody Gwyn, and Fritz Scholder among others. An important part of the permanent collection are works related to Georgia O’Keeffe; for whom the Texas Panhandle held special significance in her artistic development. That heritage is preserved in the collection through the purchase of 4 watercolors painted during her years in the Amarillo area. Early modernists associated with O’Keeffe and the region are part of the collection, including works by John Marin that were painted while he visited O’Keeffe in New Mexico. The paintings in the collection include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and collage.
AMERICAN PRINTS AND DRAWINGS
A variety of prints including lithographs, serigraphs, etchings, and monoprints by artists such as Richard Anuszkiewicz, Ed Ruscha, Luis Jimenez, Donald Sultan, Dick Wray, Leon Polk Smith, and Joan Mitchell are part of the permanent collection. Drawings in the collection include works in pencil, colored pencil, pastel, crayon, and ink by artists such as John Graham, Robert Cottingham, Dan Traverso, and Larry Bell.
Included in the permanent collection are large outdoor works by Ben Woitena, David Deming, and Theodore Waddell. Other sculptures include outstanding works by Louise Nevelson, Electra Waggoner Biggs, H. J. Bott, Gabriel Dawe, Carole Feuerman, Jesus Moroles, and Ken Little. Sculpture media represented are wood, cast bronze, aluminum, plaster, fabricated steel, mosaic, glass and granite.
SPECIAL COLLECTION AND STUDY COLLECTION
The Special Collection includes a number of works by European artists such as Francesco Guardi, Sir William Beechey, Marguerite Gerard, Theodore Webber, and Maurice Utrillo.
The Study Collection includes works by artists such as Warren Davis, Jeanne Reynal, and Jack Boynton. Artworks with significant educational value are included in the Study Collection and can be used more frequently than other permanent collection objects for educational purposes.
PRICE COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART
The Price Collection is an expansive collection of Asian art and includes Japanese woodblock prints, Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture from the 2nd century BCE to 14th century, and a large collection of middle-eastern textiles including Afghan and Turkish prayer rugs and Tibetan saddle blankets. A highlight of the collection is a large and important stone Buddha figure from Borobudur.
TIBETAN TSAKLI AND MANUSCRIPT PAGES
This collection of Tibetan ritual miniature paintings have an important place among the ancient ritual arts of Tibet and the surrounding Buddhist regions and further enhances and strengthens the museum’s collection of Asian art.