Norton Museum show highlights gifts of 1960s realist art

When Norton Museum founder Ralph Norton acquired works in the 1930s and 1940s that became the foundation of the museum’s American art collection, he bought the art of that time.

After Norton’s death in 1953, curators followed his lead and continued to acquire works by artists who came of age before World War II. As a result, the museum’s collection is particularly strong in these artists.

It’s far less well-stocked in artists who came to the forefront in the 1960s. The Norton is seeking to fill gaps in its collection with a drive to acquire as many as 75 works by its 75th anniversary in 2016.

Former board president Anne Berkley Smith’s recent donation of Richard Diebenkorn’s Landscape with Figure, 1963, and Mission Landscape, 1962, and Wayne Thiebaud’s Neapolitan Pie, 1963, considerably strengthened the museum’s holdings of 1960s art. Subsequently, Smith offered to loan three other paintings from around the same time period:

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