The Art Ball Acquisitions 

The Museum of Wisconsin Art is excited to acquire new works to it's art collection thanks to the Raise the Paddle auction held at the bi-annual gala, The Art Ball. 

Art Ball attendees have the rare opportunity to bid artworks to raise funds to purchase them for the MOWA collection. Donors at every level are included on the official Museum acquisition record and are listed next to each work of art below. Donors of $1,000 or more are recognized on the gallery label next to the artwork in the Museum.

Below a list of recent aquisitions from this event.

An American Interior
John Wilde


This piece is his most vital early work, marking the start of his own distinct style and moving away from the European influences learned in art history classes. An uncommonly large work, An American Interior is compositionally complex with elements of theatre set design, reinforcing a point that would mark Wilde’s work throughout his career. 

Oil on panel, 1942, Gift of The Art Ball 2015 Raise the Paddle

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  November Kiefer’s Keepers, Celebrations of the Months Series #1
John Wilde 


This piece is painted in Wilde's immaculately precise style. On the surface, six pears will eventually shrivel and decay stand on a table. H imbues the six pears with distinct personalities, rendering them as an anthropomorphic depiction of fruit that reflects not just the artist’s appreciation and knowledge of art history but his own feelings towards life and death.

Oil on board, 1979, Gift of The Art Ball 2015 Raise the Paddle

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  OK
Tom Bamberger


OK is an epic, three-screen narrative of silent images. With decades of experience as a photographer and curator, Bamberger has lovingly assembled and sequenced over 6,000 images at just the right speed to induce memories of past events, people, and places. Some images are familiar and others are not, inviting the viewer to make connections that likely hadn’t been made before.

Digital mixed media, 2013, Gift of The Art Ball 2013 Raise the Paddle

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  The Woodcutters
Robert von Neumann 


was part of the Regionalist movement of the 20th century. The Woodcutters illustrates the virtues of the common man hard at work. While he is best known for his images filled with bulky and heroic laborers, this is an excellent and rare example of subject matter of woodcutters and loggers at rest.

Oil on canvas, c. 1940s, Gift of The Art Ball 2013 Raise the Paddle

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  Thunder
Truman Lowe 


is one of the most preeminent sculptors of his generation. A member of the Ho-Chunk tribe, he has a tremendous connection to Wisconsin both in terms of heritage and his empathy and connection to the land. Lowe uses natural materials to evoke the natural world with vision and imagination. As he matured into an artist, Lowe sought to understand wood as a material, and it has been his primary medium ever since.

Truman Lowe, Thunder, Willow, 2010, Gift of The Art Ball 2013 Raise the Paddle

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