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Sam Messenger acquired by British Museum

Davidson Gallery is pleased to announce that five works by Sam Messenger are now in the permanent collection of the British Museum. The works on paper, spanning from 2013 to 2017, include one of Messenger's iconic large-scale Veil drawings, as well as one of a limited number of silverpoint works that the artist has made over the course of his career.

Additionally, Messenger's work is currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as part of the inaugural exhibition Line into Space in the new Kinder Building dedicated to the museum's permanent collection of contemporary and modern art.

Sam Messenger (British, b.1980) earned his M.A. at the Royal College of Art, London, where he was awarded its prestigious Parallel Prize. In addition to seven solo exhibitions with Davidson Gallery, Messenger has exhibited in galleries and institutions around the world. His work is held in the permanent collections of museums including The British Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Williams College Museum of Art, and the RISD Museum. He lives and works in London.

The British Museum, in the Bloomsbury area of London, England, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely collected during the era of the British Empire. It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. It was the first public national museum in the world.


Pictured: Sam Messenger, V.111.15, 2015, Pen & ink, ink wash and rain water on paper, 65 x 59 in