Santa Barbara Debuts a Kienholz Gift

Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Bout Round Eleven, 1982. Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gift of a Private Collection, Topanga, CA. Photo courtesy of L.A. Louver

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has organized a presentation of five works by Ed and Nancy Kienholz to celebrate the recent gift of the duo's Bout Round Eleven (1982) from a private collector in Topanga. Also on view is The Nativity (1961), a crèche-like assemblage that helped spark a culture war over LACMA's 1966 Kienholz show.

"Scenes from a Marriage: Ed & Nancy Kienholz" runs through May 21, 2023.

Ed Kienholz, The Nativity, 1961. Private collection
Bout Round Eleven, detail


Anonymous said…
That's a huge piece. Lot of good Kienholtz in Southern California now.
Anonymous said…
The Gentileschi went for $4M. The Rubens hammered at around $23M. The beautiful Bronzino went for $10M. Usually the Getty announces immediate anything they win at auction. Surprised that the Getty didn't buy anything with prices this cheap (relatively). Not the Rubens or Bronzino and especially the Gentileschi. It was a half-off all you can eat buffet for the Getty and they didn't get anything. Was this lot just not up to snuff?
Anonymous said…
I know when the Getty was being managed (and run into the ground too) by Barry Munitz, acquisitions were pushed to the back burner. Beyond just him, I always wonder how many public entities, particularly non-profits, are being run by people who aren't much better than a Munitz or Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX.
Sweet coup for Santa Barbara.
I fell in love with Ed­ward Kien­holz after seeing his gargantuan masterpiece installation, "Portable War Me­mo­rial" (1968), in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
Does the SBMA work also feature audio, like "Portable War" does?

Here's an interesting write-up on "Portable":
Anonymous said…
Is the chair part of the assemblage?
Yes, I surmise the white chair is his, as it matches the design of the other chair in the work.
Although I wouldn't put it past a visitor resting his dogs by sitting on it.
Maybe a cordon is in order.
NeoClassicist said…
Just saw this exhibition during the free Thursday evenings at SBMA. Very pleased to see more modern and contemporary acquisitions by the museum