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Whitney Museum acquires Norman Lewis’s painting “American Totem”

Norman Lewis American Totem

Norman Lewis, “American Totem” (1960), oil on canvas, 73 1/2 × 44 7/8 inches (© Norman Lewis, image courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY)

The Whitney Museum of American Art has acquired Norman Lewis’s painting “American Totem” (1960). “One of Lewis’s most important paintings,” said Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, “this acquisition will allow the Whitney to more effectively portray the complex history of American art at mid-century.” The purchase was made possible with funds from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in memory of Preston Robert and Joan Tisch, the Painting and Sculpture Committee, Director’s Discretionary Fund, Adolph Gottlieb, by exchange, and Sami and Hala Mnaymneh. The painting will go on display in an exhibition dedicated to the New York School, with paintings by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and more. The exhibition opens on June 28. [via email announcement]