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Two TX museums have made some big acquisitions recently: the McNay went on a shopping spree in conjunction with the opening of their new 45,000 square foot Stieren Center galleries. They’ve purchased a varied assortment of things, including sculptures by Chakaia Booker, John Chamberlain, Ken Little and Tony Cragg (this last a somewhat edgy purchase, which the McNay’s own press release acknowledges "demonstrates an emerging direction in the museum’s collecting.") They’ve also added to their holdings of European and American paintings with works by Jean-Charles Rémond, Alexander Liberman, Friedel Dzubas and Larry Poons. Elsewhere in the state, the DMA just acquired a pair of Tiffany stained glass windows and a Stickley linen chest for their decorative arts collection; on the painting side, they’ve gotten an early 19th-century work by Francis Guy, and a 1930 oil by Marsden Hartley.

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