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Howard and Roberta Ahmanson visit Olafur Eliasson’s “Room for one colour (1997)” at the National Gallery in London. The immersive installation is the final work in the exhibition “Monochrome: Painting in Black and White” curated by Jennifer Slivka and sponsored by the Ahmansons'. The exhibition spans seven centuries and includes 50 works by artists who have—in most cases—deliberately turned to monochrome in their art, whether it me black and white paintings, grisaille drawings, yellow and black stained glass, or a room filled with yellow light.
One of the attributes of God himself is Beauty.  Not something sentimental or a means of setting standards to exclude work that doesn’t fit our social or intellectual paradigms, but rather that experience we enjoy when a work of art or the way the light hits the water gives us a deeper and rewarding, even if painful, glimpse into the nature of reality and of our lives. Beyond that, the Bible teaches that human beings are made in the image of God. That means, first off, that we are beautiful. It also means that, as God created the universe in all its glory, we, too, are creators. So, art works are tangible expressions of God’s work in us and in the world. And, we are part of the wonder of it all. Collections bear witness to the Beauty and the extravagance of the universe and the God who created it.
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*This art is intended for educational purposes only. It is a representative sample of the Ahmansons' collection. Copyrights belong to the artists.*
Num ber 243

Num ber 243

Drew, Leonard

Wood and paint

2020

AMERICAN

Window Series #5

Window Series #5

Obering, Mary

Acrylic on canvas

1973

AMERICAN

Beauty World (aka Style Variation Grid 8)

Beauty World (aka Style Variation Grid 8)

Adams, Derrick

Acrylic paint and graphite on digital photograph inkjet on watercolor paper

2019

AMERICAN

Walking on Water-Flight

Walking on Water-Flight

Fujimura, Makoto

Mineral Pigments and Gold on Kumohada on Belgian

2012

AMERICAN

Fountain (No. 1)

Fountain (No. 1)

Anderson, Jonathan

Oil on canvas

2012

AMERICAN

Aztec Vase and Carpet #8

Aztec Vase and Carpet #8

Woodman, Betty

Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, laquer, paint, and canvas

2015

AMERICAN

Standing Sculpture (with Rope)

Standing Sculpture (with Rope)

Swallow, Ricky

Patinated bronze with oil paint

2018

AUSTRALIAN

Brasilia #8

Brasilia #8

Baan, Iwan

Pigment inkjet print on rag paper

2010

DUTCH

Cockadoodle Drew

Cockadoodle Drew

Ladd, Steven and William

Archival board, fiber, trinkets, pins, shredded paper, wheat starch, glue, dye, MDF frame

2018

AMERICAN

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child

Groen, Ale

Metal chairs and cable

2018

CANADIAN

Exclusive

Exclusive

Bentley, Anna Freeman

Oil and acrylic on canvas

2017

BRITISH

Under Heaven

Under Heaven

Xu Zhen

Oil on aluminum plate

2014

CHINESE

Mirage Garden #5

Mirage Garden #5

Zhang, Jian-Jun

Silicone rubber

2015

CHINESE

Border

Border

Sime, Elias

Electrical components on panel

2018

ETHIOPIAN

Fold IV

Fold IV

Gilliam, Sam

Pigment-based ink on handmade paper

2014

AMERICAN

30 Coats #4

30 Coats #4

Diaz-Lewis

Acrylic paint and graphite on digital photograph inkjet on watercolor paper

2018

AMERICAN

Staying Afloat

Staying Afloat

Lipke, Meg

Muslin, rayon, pleather, plaster gauze, fabric dye

2015

AMERICAN

Reposition I

Reposition I

Novi, Wayan

Acrylic and ballpoint on galvanized zinc

2017

INDONESIAN

Superman

Superman

Quinn, Nathaniel Mary

Black charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, paint stick, acrylic gold leaf on Coventry Vellum paper

2018

AMERICAN

Reliquary #3: Catch

Reliquary #3: Catch

Meissner, Amy

Vintage domestic, household linens, silk organza, wool, abandoned embroideries and quilts, found object. Machine pieced, hand embroidered and quilted

2015

AMERICAN

Of Seasons

Of Seasons

Krammes, Barry

Mixed media assemblage with wooden base

2018

AMERICAN

Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, 2008-2017

Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, 2008-2017

Brunetti, Markus

Archival pigment print, assemblage

2017

GERMAN

A-Z Cover Series: Subjective Composition (Rust and Gold Geometric)

A-Z Cover Series: Subjective Composition (Rust and Gold Geometric)

Zittel, Andrea

Textile

2012

AMERICAN

Ongoing Poem for A Thousand Years

Ongoing Poem for A Thousand Years

Zhang, Jian-Jun

Chinese ink, oil paint on rice paper

2010

CHINESE

Three Trees

Three Trees

Wu Yiming

Ink and watercolor on paper

2015

CHINESE

St. Nicholas of Myra

St. Nicholas of Myra

Wiley, Kehinde

Oil on Canvas

2015

AMERICAN