Monday, March 19, 2012

New York Couple’s Gift to Enrich Two Museums

Thea and Ethan Westreich have been collecting art for more than 20 years. Their collection spans from the 1950s to the present. They have now decided after many years to donate their collection to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and Pompidou Center in Paris. About 500 works by 70 American artists will find their way to the Whitney and about 300 works by 27 European and international artists will be donated to the Pompidou Center.

The Whitney has a strong photography collection and this gift will augment that collection as the donation contains photographs by Christopher Wool, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Robert Gober, Cady Noland, Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams and Diane Arbus. The Whitney will soon have more room to display its permanent collection when it makes the move to the Meatpacking District in 2015. This gift contains photographs by 
The couple chose Pompidou as many of the 23 European artists were on the Pompidou gift list. The gift adds to the Pompidou’s holdings works by artists like Simon Starling and Mark Wallinger, who were unrepresented in the museum’s collection.
Museum curoators at both sites plan a major exhibition of work from the collection. It is scheduled to be on view at the Whitney in 2015-16, timed to the opening of its new building, and then travel to the Pompidou.

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