The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 25, 2018

Emily Fisher Landau Gives Major Gift to the Whitney Museum
Robert Gober, Crouching Man, 1982. Plaster over wood and wire lath, 25 x 24 x 18 inches. © Robert Gober.

NEW YORK, NY.- Emily Fisher Landau, the noted philanthropist and art collector, and one of the Whitney’s most generous trustees, has made an important gift of 367 works of art, including works from the Fisher Landau Center for Art, that have been pledged to the Museum, it was announced today by Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The gift comprises works in all media by nearly one hundred key figures in American art, including Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Carroll Dunham, William Eggleston, Peter Hujar, Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Robert Rauschenberg, Susan Rothenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol. An exhibition with an accompanying catalogue is planned for early 2011.

Mr. Weinberg noted, “Emily has been a dear friend and supporter of the Whitney for nearly forty years, and a trustee since 1987. Her commitment—to artists, to the artistic imagination, to exploring the new, and to the Whitney Museum—is unwavering. We are delighted that she has chosen the Whitney as the home for so much of her stunning collection and we thank Emily and her family for all they’ve done for the Museum over the last several decades. This spectacular gift came about through the involvement of our Chairman Emeritus, Leonard A. Lauder, who has been working with Emily for many years towards this landmark acquisition for the museum. This superb donation helps ensure that the Whitney will continue to flourish for many more decades to come.”

Emily Fisher Landau commented, “I’m delighted to see these works go to the Whitney, an institution close to my heart, and want to acknowledge Leonard Lauder and Amy Cappellazzo for their friendship and wise counsel.”

The works in the Fisher Landau donation range in date from a 1950 Robert Rauschenberg photograph of Jasper Johns in his studio to a 2006 etching by Lisa Yuskavage. The gift serves to fill important gaps in the museum’s holdings as well as supplement current areas of depth. Among the many highlights of the gift are the following:

• Seven works by Carl Andre, including a selection of his seminal typewriter drawings and poems of the early 1960s and the large-scale sculptures, 28 Lead Rectangle (1968) and Paraglyph (1989);

• A total of twelve works by Richard Artschwager, ranging in date from 1977 to 2002 and including one of his most monumental paintings, City of Man (1981), which spans almost fifteen feet;

• Four works by John Baldessari, including What This Painting Aims to Do (1967), a prime example of his important early text paintings;

• A selection of eight 1980s works by Carroll Dunham, including a pair of his early breakthrough paintings on wood veneer;

• A complete set of William Eggleston’s photographic portfolio From the Seventies: Volume Two (Untitled), which contains some of Eggleston’s best-known images;

• Fifteen photographs by Peter Hujar, ranging in date from 1975 to 1985, including iconic portraits of Andy Warhol, Diana Vreeland, Susan Sontag, and Robert Wilson;

• Forty-four works by Jasper Johns, including the first of the artist’s recent Catenary paintings to enter the museum’s comprehensive holdings of his work, as well as a complete set of the thirty-one screenprints he made between 1968 and 1982;

• Two works by Willem de Kooning, a 1952 Woman drawing and a noteworthy 1987 painting, Untitled, which becomes the latest de Kooning canvas in the Whitney’s collection;

• Nineteen early works by Glenn Ligon, who will be the subject of a Whitney retrospective in 2011, including one of the very first of Ligon’s Richard Pryor paintings, which constitutes one of his most important series;

• A total of eighteen works by Robert Rauschenberg, ranging in date from 1950 to 1988/91, among them the large 1974 work PULL (Hoarfrost Suite), in which he applied his solvent transfer process to fabric;

• Four works by James Rosenquist, including House of Fire II, a mural-size work from 1982;

• Seven works by Susan Rothenberg from the early 1980s, including the key painting Tuning Fork (1980);

• Six works by Ed Ruscha, ranging in date from 1965 to 2002, among them two important canvases, Give Him Anything and He’ll Sign It (1965), one of his wry bird paintings, and Lion in Oil (2002), from the artist’s recent series of mountain paintings;

• Five works by Kiki Smith, ranging in date from 1994 to 2006, including Arm with Mushrooms and Head with Bird I (Side), both from 1994;

In addition to the works mentioned above, the gift also includes significant paintings by Burgoyne Diller, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol; the earliest Robert Gober sculpture to enter in the Whitney’s collection; a lyrical Martin Puryear work in cedar and pine; and a large mixed-media installation by Lorna Simpson.

Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s Chief Curator and Associate Director for Programs, said, “In addition to showcasing the best of American art, this gift speaks to Emily’s enterprising vision and longtime support of artists, often from the start of their careers. It is a perfect fit with the Whitney’s own collecting history and mission.”

Emily Fisher Landau began collecting art in the 1960s; since the early 1980s she has focused on building an important collection of contemporary American art. In 1985, she provided funds for the Whitney to purchase a painting by Burgoyne Diller. Among the other works that she has given or enabled the Whitney to purchase is a landmark painting by Georgia O’Keeffe (Music – Pink and Blue II) (1919). In 2002, she made a partial and promised gift of a recent painting by Ruscha, and made a promised gift of a large-scale painting by Cy Twombly. With the present donation, the gift of these two landmark paintings is being completed.

At the Whitney, Ms. Fisher Landau has served as co-chair of the Contemporary Committee; a member of the Library Fellows; a member of the Chairman’s Council; and has participated on several other Museum committees. In 1995, she generously established an endowment to support the Biennial, the Whitney’s signature contemporary exhibition. That same year, the fourth floor galleries at the Whitney were named in her honor. In recognition of her many years of generosity, she was honored at the Whitney’s 2006 annual fall Gala. Ms. Fisher Landau’s daughter, Candia Fisher, has served on the

Whitney Museum | Emily Fisher Landau | Adam D. Weinberg |

Today's News

May 8, 2010

Fondation Beyeler Marks Jean-Michel Basquiat's Fiftieth Birthday with Large Retrospective

Painting in Storage at Italian Ducal Palace May Be Raphael's

Celebrity Online Green Sale at Christie's Raises $1 Million

New York Public Library Faces Harshest Budget Cut In Its History

Artist Alison Elizabeth Taylor Returns for Third Exhibition at James Cohan Gallery

Deborah Wye to Retire as Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA

Andy Goldsworthy Departs from His Usual Practice in Exhibition at Galerie Lelong

Exchange Between Scientists and Artist Produces Exhibition at the Broad Institute

High Museum Selected to Present American Pavilion at 2010 Venice Biennale

Istanbul: Huma Kabakci Collection of Turkish Art Opens at the Osthaus Museum

New Orleans Museum of Art Names Susan M. Taylor New Museum Director

Emily Fisher Landau Gives Major Gift to the Whitney Museum

Huge Mural of Spain Returns to Renovated NY Museum

Research to Take Place at El Tajin Using LIDAR Technology

Keno Auction's Inaugural Sale Brings $5.8 Million, Well Above High Estimate

Frederik Meijer Gardens Welcomes Six-Millionth Visitor

Ron Mueck Exhibition Opens at Gallery of Modern Art

SculptureCenter Organizes Group Exhibition Curated by Fionn Meade

Made in California Sale Continues to Break World Record Auction Prices

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

2.- Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

3.- Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism

4.- Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

5.- Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

6.- The Prado opens the first major monographic exhibition on Lorenzo Lotto's portraits

7.- Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

8.- A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June

9.- Czech Art Nouveau painter Mucha's masterpiece finds home after 90 years

10.- Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary

Related Stories

The Whitney Museum of American Art celebrates the topping out of its future home

New role for Curator Scott Rothkopf at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

Lisson Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work from Cory Arcangel

The Whitney presents "Real/Surreal", exploring two of the strongest currents in twentieth-century American art

The Whitney presents three Landscapes: A film installation by Roy Lichtenstein

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy

Whitney Museum awarded prestigious grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences

Artist Pat Steir Creates Wall Painting Commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Creates New Management Structure with Promotion of Key Staff

Diminutive Yet Powerfully Resonant Objects by Charles LeDray at the Whitney Museum

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful