Acquisitions
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Robert Gniewek

Robert Gniewek, a Detroit native, is a well-known Photorealist painter who is drawn to nightscapes and neon lights. Using hundreds of photographs as references for a single painting, he selects sites that interest him, shooting them from different angles and vantage points.

This painting depicts the Rialto movie theater in Grayling, a small town (pop. 1,884) in Michigan two hours north of Flint. The Rialto was built in 1915 and restored in an Art Deco style in 1930 after a fire. Perhaps the artist alludes to this fire in his depiction of the 1997 movie Fire Down Below lit up on the theater's marquee. The movie, starring Steven Seagal, was an action film about a company dumping toxic waste into Kentucky mines. The Rialto, which still operates as a movie theater, made national news in 2014 when it successfully raised over $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to convert to digital projection.

Gniewek painted Rialto as a continuation of his Detroit Theater series. This series, began in the late 1990s, had as their subject old movie theaters in and around Detroit. The FIA already owns another of this series, titled The Stone Burlesk (1998) purchased in 2000.
This work and a Photorealist pastel by Jaye Schlesinger were donated by the estate of James Pearson Duffy, a Detroit art collector and philanthropist who died in 2009.

Rialto
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Robert Gniewek
American, b. 1951
Rialto, 2001
Oil on linen
14 x 20 inches
Gift of James Pearson Duffy, 2015.4
Other Acquisitions
Maurice Merlin
American, 1909–1947
No Work Today, 1937
Egg tempera on canvas mounted on wood
24 x 30.25 inches
Gift of Peter Merlin, 2014.43

Maurice Merlin
American, 1909–1947
No Work Today, 1939
Lithograph on paper
9.8125 x 14 inches
Gift of Peter Merlin, 2014.44

Pawel Borowski
Polish, b. 1969
The Navigator's Return, 2003
Hot worked, laminated and carved glass
81 x 22 x 18 inches
Gift of Mary Hale and Blair Corkran, 2015.1

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Ming Dynasty
Equestrian Figure with Two Attendants, 17th century
Ceramic
19.5 inches high (Equestrian Figure)
13 inches high (Attendant)
12.5 inches high (Attendant)
Gift of Nan Gillies Lower, 2015.2

International Silver Company

American
"Flagship" Flatware (35 piece set), ca. 1936
Silverplate
Dimensions vary
Gift of John and Marilyn Kopp, 2015.3

Robert Gniewek
American, b. 1951
Rialto, 2001
Oil on linen
14 x 20 inches
Gift of James Pearson Duffy, 2015.4

Jaye Schlesinger

American
Biker in Window, 2008
Pastel on paper
18 x 20 inches
Gift of James Pearson Duffy, 2015.5

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
T.A.C. 16 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
13 x 9.25 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.6

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
E.M.I. 7 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
13.25 x 8.875 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.7

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
E.M.I 8 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
13 x 9.5 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.8

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
M.A.S. 29 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
9.5 x 13.125 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.9
Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
R.T.A. 22 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
10 x 12 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.10

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
M.A.S. 32 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
9.75 x 12.5 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.11

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
T.A.C. 8 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
9.5 x 13.125 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.12

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
A.B.T. 3 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
9.125 x 13 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.13

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
M.A.S. 34 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
9.5 x 12.625 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.14

Howard Bond
American, b. 1931
M.A.S. 26 (from Portfolio XXIII: Enigma), 2010
Gelatin silver print
13.25 x 10 inches
Gift of Howard Bond, 2015.15

Josef Albers
American, b. Germany, 1888–1976
Variant II (from the portfolio Ten Variants), 1967
Screenprint on paper
17 x 17 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2015.16

Josef Albers
American, b. Germany, 1888–1976
Variant IV (from the portfolio
Ten Variants)
, 1967
Screenprint on paper
17 x 17 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2015.17

Alex Diamond
American, b. 1990
Inverse Slugs Mate, 2014
Watercolor on paper
21.5 x 15 inches
Gift of the artist, 2015.18

Stanley Casselman
American, b. 1963
Luminor 4-25, 2014
Synthetic polymer on canvas
49 x 42 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment,
2015.19
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