The Art Fund aids D'Offay gift

  • 1 June 2011

Important works by Wim Wenders, Gabriel Orozco and Thomas Joshua Cooper have been given to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Gabriel Orozco, VI

Gabriel Orozco, VI

Important works by Wim Wenders, Gabriel Orozco and Thomas Joshua Cooper have been given to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. They were presented jointly by the artists and collector and philanthropist Anthony d’Offay, through the Art Fund.

Wim Wenders is perhaps best known for his work as a film director (Wings of Desire, Paris Texas, Buena Vista Social Club – and most recently Pina) but has also produced a major body of photographic work. New York, November 8, 2011 III is a powerful large-scale work taken in the immediate aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. He was one of very few artists who were given access to the site of the twin towers immediately after events of 9/11.

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco often works with unconventional material. He also makes use of found objects which he alters and adapts. His exquisite aluminium sculptures, Pinched V, V & VI are based on expanded forms of wax, pinched and twisted between the artist's finger and thumb – appearing to change from every angle. Orozco’s work will be joining SNGMA’s impressive sculpture collection, which includes works from Bourdelle to Hirst.

Born in California, Thomas Joshua Cooper has lived in Scotland since the early 1980s, where he is the founding head of photography at Glasgow School of Art. A Premonitional Work, The River Findhorn (Message of H. O’Sullivan) is inspired by the 19th century American photographer Timothy H. O'Sullivan, whose work has had a great impact on Cooper’s artistic approach. Elegant and haunting, the black and white photograph depicts the still surface of water with rock towering behind.

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