The cover of la mère la mer features the photograph: Bill Brandt, Nude, Baie Des Anges, France, October 1959, 1959. Gelatin silver print. © Bill Brandt Archive. Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

The cover of la mère la mer features the photograph: Bill Brandt, Nude, Baie Des Anges, France, October 1959, 1959. Gelatin silver print. © Bill Brandt Archive. Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Press Release

MFA Publishes ‘la mère la mer’ Exhibition Catalog

“Some people see books as exhibitions between covers. But I tend to see exhibitions as books, dismantled and scattered against walls.”  – Nion McEvoy, MFA Founder & President

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts is pleased to mark its second anniversary with a catalog of the Foundation’s inaugural exhibition, la mère la mer, now available for purchase.

la mère la mer brings together an impressive selection of works from the McEvoy Family Collection, which consists of MFA Founder & President Nion McEvoy’s own collection alongside that of his mother, Nan Tucker McEvoy—both world-renowned collectors whose family legacy began with the founding of the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865. This catalog illustrates the Foundation’s wide-ranging debut exhibition, which was organized to explore what resonance might exist between the collection of the mother (la mère) and the collection of the son, with works that reference the sea (la mer) as a link between the two.

A particular emphasis on Californian artists (Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud), is matched by a wide array of recent acquisitions by artists including Anne Collier, Roe Ethridge, Nan Goldin, Carsten Höller, Ragnar Kjartansson, Zoe Leonard, James Welling, and Christopher Williams, across mediums including sculpture, photography, installation, painting, video and illustration. The McEvoy Family Collection’s strengths are documented here alongside an essay by curator Kevin Moore and an introduction by Nion McEvoy.

List: $40
Catalogs can be purchased via publications@mcevoyarts.org and at MFA.