Wayne Thiebaud, For Nan (Cake, Pie Slice, and Olives), 1997/2001

Wayne Thiebaud, For Nan (Cake, Pie Slice, and Olives), 1997/2001. © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.


la mère la mer

McEvoy Arts’ inaugural exhibition, la mère la mer, (the mother the sea), features works from the collection of Nion McEvoy and the collection of his mother, Nan Tucker McEvoy.


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The la mère la mer catalog illustrates the Foundation’s wide-ranging debut exhibition, documenting the strengths and richness of the McEvoy Family Collection. It includes an essay by curator Kevin Moore and an introduction by Nion McEvoy.

The McEvoy Family Collection encompasses the collections of Nion McEvoy and his mother, Nan McEvoy (1919-2015). la mère la mer pays tribute to Nan McEvoy’s devoted, life-long interest in and support of California artists, including Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney, while showcasing Nion McEvoy’s interest in works by artists such as Anne Collier, Carsten Höller, Roe Ethridge, and Ragnar Kjartansson.

The exhibition is organized around a principle of poetic assonance: Works from the collection of the mother (la mère) resonate with works from the collection of the son and many depict the sea (la mer). The combination is more playful digression than controlled planning, and it reveals both commonalities and divergences across two related but singular creative minds.

Originally a collector of photography, Nion McEvoy’s interest in music, design, and media led him to include a wider diversity of forms, including painting, video, installation, and sculpture. Nan McEvoy’s collecting concentrated on 20th-century paintings, prints, works on paper, and sculpture. la mère la mer is co-curated by Nion McEvoy and curatorial advisor Kevin Moore.

Notes Kevin Moore, “Collecting is a process of controlled chaos and deep personal expression. la mère la mer is a tribute to Nan McEvoy’s life, revealed in the qualities of her art collection, and a show of continuance, of renewal, in Nion’s lively and extensive collecting interests.”


Kevin Moore is a writer and curator based in New York. In addition to helping build the McEvoy Family Collection, he is the Artistic Director and Curator of FotoFocus, Cincinnati. Moore has produced numerous museum exhibitions and accompanying catalogues, most recently, Old Paris and Changing New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott (Taft Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 2018), Mamma Andersson: Memory Banks (Contemporary Arts Center/Damiani, 2018), and “Emulsion Society,” in Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (Museum of Modern Art, 2019).


Robert Adams
Diane Arbus
Mary Ellen Bartley
Dike Blair
Édouard Boubat
Carol Bove
Sarah Braman
Bill Brandt
Joan Brown
Theophilus Brown
Harry Callahan
Brian Calvin
Talia Chetrit
Jan Christensen
Anne Collier
Richard Diebenkorn
Roe Ethridge
Mary Frank
Nan Goldin
April Gornik
Susan Hiller
David Hockney
Carsten Höller
Winslow Homer
Dom Sylvester Houédard
Chris Johanson
Kenneth Josephson

Alex Katz
Ragnar Kjartansson
Eva Kotáková
Ajay Kurian
Richard Learoyd
Saul Leiter
Zoe Leonard
Dora Maar
Robert Mapplethorpe
Jason Martin
McDermott and McGough
Vik Muniz
R. M. Powell
Josephine Pryde
Timm Rautert
Man Ray
Dario Robleto
Alexis Rockman
Gideon Rubin
Thomas Ruff
Edward Ruscha
Wayne Thiebaud
Michael Waugh
James Welling
John Wesley
Edward Weston
Christopher Williams

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