In recent months, works by Clinton Hill and memorabilia from the life of Clinton Hill and Allen Tran have entered museums in the United States and abroad.
The Victoria and Albert Museum , London, England has acquired Clinton Hill’s limited edition book entitled “Tracer” (1978). The artist has created a work of folded and torn paper drawing with prismacolor pencil. “Tracer” is elegantly minimal, with the drawing moving continuously from page to page.
At the same time, “Title Page” (1957), an early woodcut by Clinton Hill and winner of the 1957 print award at the Brooklyn Museum also entered the Victoria and Albert collection.
The Getty Research Institute, part of the John Paul Getty Museum in California also acquired one of the unique limited edition artist’s books, “Tracer” (1978) as well as “Windows” (1977), a limited edition book on dye infused handmade paper presented in a wooden box. The Getty also chose “Duo” (1993), a color woodcut with a handwritten poem, “Like Breath or Love” by Jeff Friedman,which is folded and encased in a wooden box with a plexiglass sliding top. These examples of Clinton Hill’s work in book format and prints are joined by a portfolio of fifty unique paper works made in 1973. These works involve torn, collaged, punched, drawn on with ink individual. The fifty works selected by the Getty are individually numbered 100-150, and presented in the artist’s own cardboard container.
The Palm Springs Art Museum also acquired a portfolio of fifty works by Clinton Hill, which are part of the series of the group chosen by the Getty Museum. This portfolio carries the numbers 150-200. Each works stands on its own as a very special multimedia work on paper.
Clinton Hill and Allen Tran had many friends among artists, writers, musicians, actors and others. One special longtime friend was the California artist, Jay De Feo, who wrote illustrated letters to Clinton and Allen and often stayed in their SOHO loft on her frequent trips to New York City. The Clinton Hill/Allen Tran foundation donated a group of these original handwritten illustrated letters to the Getty Research Institute in recognition of their major research initiative focusing upon contemporary art in California.
Clinton Hill’s Fifty Year Survey appeared this past fall and winter at the Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery in Palm Desert, California. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon staged a slightly expanded version of the Fifty Year Survey in early 2010. Both exhibitions were accompanied by a color catalogue with an essay on Clinton Hill written by Susan C. Larsen. Copies are available from the Hill/Tran Foundation. We are proud to announce that in the Fall of 2011, there will be solo exhibitions of the work of Clinton Hill at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City and at the Meredith Ward Gallery also in New York City. These exhibitions will be accompanied by a major catalogue to document the art and life of Clinton Hill.
The Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation offers its first annual grant to curators to support research and preparation of exhibition proposals to curator’s home institutions. To access the guidelines and apply (by September 1, 2011) please see our Foundation page.
We are pleased to announce that “Senza” an 1989 oil on wood construction has entered the collection at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.