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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.*
Acrylic and ballpoint on galvanized zinc

Reposition I

Wayan Novi

Acrylic and ballpoint on galvanized zinc

2017

INDONESIAN

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

Superman

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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

2018

AMERICAN

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

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

Mixed media assemblage with wooden base

Of Seasons

Barry Krammes

Mixed media assemblage with wooden base

2018

AMERICAN

Archival pigment print, assemblage

Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, 2008-2017

Markus Brunetti

Archival pigment print, assemblage

2017

GERMAN

Textile

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

Andrea Zittel

Textile

2012

AMERICAN

Chinese ink, oil paint on rice paper

Ongoing Poem for A Thousand Years

Jian-Jun Zhang

Chinese ink, oil paint on rice paper

2010

CHINESE

Ink and watercolor on paper

Three Trees

Wu Yiming

Ink and watercolor on paper

2015

CHINESE

Oil on Canvas

St. Nicholas of Myra

Kehinde Wiley

Oil on Canvas

2015

AMERICAN

Woven cotton, nylon, and chenille yarn

Sleep Don’t Come Easy

Diedrick Brackens

Woven cotton, nylon, and chenille yarn

2016

AMERICAN

Oil on canvas

Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman

Jacobo Robusti Tintoretto

Oil on canvas

1500

ITALIAN

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

Flag for the New Garden Serenity House Lot

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1996

AMERICAN

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

Kurt on Fire Escape, Fifth Street Squat

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1995

AMERICAN

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

Aztec Vase and Carpet #8

Betty Woodman

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

2015

AMERICAN

Patinated bronze with oil paint

Standing Sculpture (with Rope)

Ricky Swallow

Patinated bronze with oil paint

2018

AUSTRALIAN

Pigment inkjet print on rag paper

Brasilia #8

Iwan Baan

Pigment inkjet print on rag paper

2010

DUTCH

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

Cockadoodle Drew

Steven and William Ladd

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

2018

AMERICAN

Metal chairs and cable

Madonna and Child

Ale Groen

Metal chairs and cable

2018

CANADIAN

Oil and acrylic on canvas

Exclusive

Anna Freeman Bentley

Oil and acrylic on canvas

2017

BRITISH

Oil on aluminum plate

Under Heaven

Xu Zhen

Oil on aluminum plate

2014

CHINESE

Silicone rubber

Mirage Garden #5

Jian-Jun Zhang

Silicone rubber

2015

CHINESE

Ink and gouache

Triptych

Keith Vaughn

Ink and gouache

1949

BRITISH

Patinated bronze with oil paint

Standing Door with Band # 1

Ricky Swallow

Patinated bronze with oil paint

2016

AUSTRALIAN

Oil on canvas with sacking, laid on board

Genesis. Archeozoic

Joe Tilson

Oil on canvas with sacking, laid on board

1958

BRITISH

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

Oven, Kurt’s Room, Fifth Street Squat

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1996

AMERICAN

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

Jill, Sunset, Fire Escape, Fifth Street Squat

Ash Thayer

Photograph, Archival Pigment, Print Ed. 1/7

1995

AMERICAN

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