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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.

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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. Copyright belongs to the artist.*
Reposition I

Reposition I

Wayan Novi

Acrylic and ballpoint on galvanized zinc

2017

INDONESIAN

Superman

Superman

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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

2018

AMERICAN

Reliquary #3: Catch

Reliquary #3: Catch

Amy Meissner

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

Barry Krammes

Mixed media assemblage with wooden base

2018

AMERICAN

Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, 2008-2017

Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, 2008-2017

Markus Brunetti

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)

Andrea Zittel

Textile

2012

AMERICAN

Ongoing Poem for A Thousand Years

Ongoing Poem for A Thousand Years

Jian-Jun Zhang

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

Kehinde Wiley

Oil on Canvas

2015

AMERICAN

Sleep Don’t Come Easy

Sleep Don’t Come Easy

Diedrick Brackens

Woven cotton, nylon, and chenille yarn

2016

AMERICAN

Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman

Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman

Jacobo Robusti Tintoretto

Oil on canvas

1500

ITALIAN

Flag for the New Garden Serenity House Lot

Flag for the New Garden Serenity House Lot

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1996

AMERICAN

Kurt on Fire Escape, Fifth Street Squat

Kurt on Fire Escape, Fifth Street Squat

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1995

AMERICAN

Aztec Vase and Carpet #8

Aztec Vase and Carpet #8

Betty Woodman

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

2015

AMERICAN

Standing Sculpture (with Rope)

Standing Sculpture (with Rope)

Ricky Swallow

Patinated bronze with oil paint

2018

AUSTRALIAN

Brasilia #8

Brasilia #8

Iwan Baan

Pigment inkjet print on rag paper

2010

DUTCH

Cockadoodle Drew

Cockadoodle Drew

Steven and William Ladd

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

2018

AMERICAN

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child

Ale Groen

Metal chairs and cable

2018

CANADIAN

Exclusive

Exclusive

Anna Freeman Bentley

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

Jian-Jun Zhang

Silicone rubber

2015

CHINESE

Triptych

Triptych

Keith Vaughn

Ink and gouache

1949

BRITISH

Standing Door with Band # 1

Standing Door with Band # 1

Ricky Swallow

Patinated bronze with oil paint

2016

AUSTRALIAN

Genesis. Archeozoic

Genesis. Archeozoic

Joe Tilson

Oil on canvas with sacking, laid on board

1958

BRITISH

Oven, Kurt’s Room, Fifth Street Squat

Oven, Kurt’s Room, Fifth Street Squat

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1996

AMERICAN

Jill, Sunset, Fire Escape, Fifth Street Squat

Jill, Sunset, Fire Escape, Fifth Street Squat

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1995

AMERICAN

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