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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074


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The Allen's collection is particularly strong in 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, Japanese prints, early modern art, African art, and more.

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Recent Acquisitions: Fanny Sanín

July 19 - December 23, 2017
In West Ambulatory

Recent Acquisitions: Fanny Sanín

July 19 - December 23, 2017
In West Ambulatory

Fanny Sanín (Colombian, born in 1938), who has lived in New York since 1971, is a central figure in Latin American abstraction. Over several decades she developed a personal language of hard-edged, geometric painting. This exhibition marks the first time that Sanín’s four works will be exhibited together at the museum, offering visitors the opportunity not only to view her painting, Acrylic No. 1, 2005, but also to experience her artistic process through three studies that demonstrate the artist’s play with form, color, and composition. Rendered in acrylic on paper or canvas over long periods of time, Sanín’s studies reveal the deceptive simplicity of the harmonious symmetry that prevails in her large-scale paintings.

In 2015, the artist gave the museum the large abstract painting displayed here in honor of Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, who spoke in Oberlin in 2014 in conjunction with an exhibition of Latin American art at the museum.

This exhibition was curated by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Andrea Gyorody

Ellen Johnson '33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art


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Allen Memorial Art Museum Closed for the Summer

Starting May 27, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will close for the summer in the lead up to the completion of Oberlin College and Conservatory's Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP). Learn More