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Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection


Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection
November 15, 2014 - Feburary 18, 2015

Sayre Gomez,  Thief Painting , 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 62 in (182.9 x 157.5 cm).

Sayre Gomez, Thief Painting, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 62 in (182.9 x 157.5 cm).

Rife with coyness and wry sensibility, Buying Friends presents the contemporary art collection of Ryan Kortman. Over eighty works by nationally and internationally renowned artists including Adam Scott, Brian Belott, and Sayre Gomez will be seen together for the first time. Within this 36-artist exhibition, elements of humor, horror, and pop culture intertwine with painting, sculpture, and mixed media. These works have such life that they have become the friends who know his closest secrets and furthest dreams.




"Hideous delight of paint steals show in 'Buying Friends' at UICA" –The Rapidian

"On collecting art: UICA hosts talk with Grand Rapids-born art collector" –MLive

"From museum guard to art collector at 35: How Ryan Kortman's 'Buying Friends' came to be" –MLive


Support for UICA's Fall and Winter exhibitions was provided by:

CWD Real Estate Investment
The Franciscan Life Process Center
Law Weathers Attorneys and Counselors
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Mark McKenna
National Endowment for the Arts
Grand Rapids Photo Booth Co.
Standale Lumber

Later Event: February 13
Portraits by James Lacroix