Erik Schmidt, Caricature of a Confidential Nature (detail), 2005. Oil on canvas, 82.67 x 62.99 in.

New Trajectories 1: Relocations

Image Gallery

January 24 - March 11, 2006

The first of a two-part exhibition of recent painting, drawing, and multimedia art by both established and emerging artists from the United States and Europe curated from the acclaimed Ovitz Family Collection, New Trajectories I: RELOCATIONS is on view from January 24 through March 11, 2006 at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm, Reception at the Cooley Gallery
Free and open to the public.

Artists featured in RELOCATIONS include Richard Prince, Stefan Thiel, Cosima Von Bonin, James Siena, Eric Schmidt, Aya Uekawa, Idris Khan, Julie Mehretu, Graham Little, David Thorpe, Tommy White, Francesca Gabbiani Nigel Cooke, and Marc Handelman. Highlights among the more than 30 works on view include a sculpture by David Thorpe and mixed media work by Richard Prince.

Committed to collecting the best in contemporary art, the Ovitz Family Collection is based in Los Angeles, California. Both exhibitions are curated by Cooley Gallery Director and Curator Stephanie Snyder. The presentation of the collection in Portland was facilitated by Andrea Feldman Falcione, Curator of the Ovitz Family Collection.

About the Ovitz Family Collection
Michael and Judy Ovitz have been listed among the top art collectors in the world by such publications as Art News and Art and Antiques. The Ovitz's began collecting modern and contemporary art in the late 1970s. Their first purchases were prints by artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns, Philip Guston, and James Rosenquist. As the art market took off in the early 1980's, Michael and Judy became more interested in contemporary painting and sculpture and began to spend weekends making gallery and studio visits in both Los Angeles and New York. During this period, their collection expanded to include the work of Julian Schnabel, Eric Fischl, Joel Shapiro, David Salle, Brice Marden, Lucas Samaras, Robert Irwin, Elizabeth Murray, Terry Winters and Ken Price.

In 1991, Michael Ovitz was asked to join the board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mr. Ovitz continues to sit on this board and helps to shape the exhibition programs, expansion project and numerous other facets of this esteemed institution. The new millennium brought with it a renewed and rejuvenated interest in the contemporary market and Michael and Judy are quickly amassing an important collection of younger artists.

This young contemporary collection includes works by artists such as Ghada Amer, Mamma Anderson, Kevin Appel, Michel Borremans, Cecily Brown, Ingrid Calame, Nigel Cooke, Jay Davis, Peter Doig, Tim Eitel, Inka Essenhigh, Tom Friedman, Barnaby Furnas, Francesca Gabbiani, Tim Gardner, Eberhard Havekost, Martin Kobe, Julie Mehretu, Dave Muller, Laura Owens, Richard Patterson, Monique Prieto, Richard Prince, Michael Raedecker, Neo Rauch, Wilhem Sasnal, David Schnell, Dana Schutz, Dirk Skreber, David Thorpe, and Peter Wegner, among others.