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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
ABOUT THE CURATOR
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).
LIST OF ARTISTS
Mary Ellen Bartley
Dom Sylvester Houédard
McDermott and McGough
R. M. Powell