The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the acquisition of five works of art and two collections, including the Mike Kaplan Poster Collection, from an anonymous donor.
Assembled over thirty-five years by designer, art director, and producer Mike Kaplan, who donated a portion of the collection to make the acquisition possible, the collection of nearly nine hundred posters, most of them from the golden age of movie poster design (1930-50), was one of the most important collections of movie posters still in private hands.
The gift was announced during LACMA's thirtieth annual Collectors Committee Weekend, during which members of its acquisitions committee voted on works of art to include in the museum's permanent collection and raised more than $6.4 million, a record for the event. LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan also announced the acquisition of Siamak Filizadeh's Underground series, with the support of Kitzia and Richard Goodman, and Claes Oldenburg's Typewriter Eraser, a soft sculpture held by the artist for forty-six years that was acquired with funds provided by the Buddy Taub Foundation.
"This exciting weekend is one of the highlights of my year, as we gather with friends and fellow art-lovers for two days of discovery and celebration in support of LACMA's collection of art from all eras and cultures," said acquisitions committee co-chair Ann Colgin. "It is such a pleasure to…learn from the museum’s world-renowned curators about the artworks they are presenting for acquisition this year."