Works on Paper
A collecting focus of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is works on paper. Works on paper may serve or be viewed educationally as documentation of the art historical developments of Modernism and post-Modernism over the past 200 years. Holdings include examples of 19th century European and American printmaking beginning with Goya and including Manet, Cezanne, Renoir, Homer, Whistler and other notables. Twentieth century European modernist prints include works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault and Fernand Léger, as well as an impressive survey of French printmaking since 1950. American printmaking since 1970 is strong and contains impressive holdings of the graphic works of Abraham Rattner, Richard Florsheim and Leonard Baskin, among others. Additionally there is a large collection of Parisian art and exhibition posters from the mid-20th to the contemporary period.
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is fortunate to be the repository of works that chronicle artistic careers. In addition to the core holdings of Abraham Rattner, Esther Gentle and Allen Leepa, LRMA owns collections of David Anderson, Leonard Baskin, Richard Florsheim, Winslow Homer, Tomás Marias and Vladimir Yoffe, including biographic and archival materials.
With the acquisition of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection and its emphasis on representing trends in contemporary Florida art, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is expanding into this collecting area through solicitation of donations. Recent acquisitions of work by Jack King, Denis Gaston and Dino Kotopoulis reflect current work by these artists.
Additionally, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art sponsored invitational exhibitions in support of contemporary fine art crafts from throughout the southeastern United States. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art desires to continue collecting in fine art crafts, primarily through the solicitation of donations, but focused on the general development of fine art crafts since the 1950s.