McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents 'la mere la mer' (the mother the sea) in its inaugural exhibition. 'La mere la mer' features works from the collections of Nion McEvoy and his mother, Nan Tucker McEvoy (1919-2015). It 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 Holler, Roe Ethridge, and Ragnar Kjartansson.
The exhibition is organized around a principle of poetic assonance: Works from the collection of the mother (la mere) 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.
'La mere la mer' is co-curated by Nion McEvoy and curatorial advisor Kevin Moore.
The McEvoy Family Collection encompasses the collections of Nion McEvoy and his mother, Nan McEvoy. 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. Nion McEvoy's contributions to the McEvoy Family Collection present a range of artists such as Mamma Andersson, Diane Arbus, Carol Bove, Brassai, Lee Friedlander, Goshka Macuga, Christian Marclay, Dario Robleto, James Welling, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, and Lisa Yuskavage, among others.
Nan McEvoy's collecting concentrated on 20th-century paintings, prints, works on paper, and sculpture. Artists include David Hockney, Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell, Nathan Oliveira, Donald Sultan, Mark di Suvero, and Andy Warhol.
Presented by McEvoy Foundation for the Arts