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First comprehensive exhibition of Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies' collections opens
Jasper Johns (American, 1930), Untitled, 1999, 23 x 31 3/8 inches, Intaglio. Gift of the artist to the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.

EAST HAMPTON, NY.- Guild Hall of East Hampton presents a comprehensive exhibition of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ (FAPE) collections on public view for the first time in an exhibition from June 21 through July 27, 2014. Curated by Robert Storr, Chairman of FAPE’s Professional Fine Arts Committee and Dean of the Yale School of Art, this historic exhibition includes works by some of the United States’ most acclaimed artists from FAPE’s Original Print, Photography and Site-Specific Collections.

“FAPE is honored to be working with the Museum at Guild Hall to exhibit its collection this summer,” said FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder. “For the first time, the public will have the rare opportunity to view works commissioned by and donated to FAPE by some of this country’s most iconic artists in a concentrated setting. We celebrate these artists’ generosity and the places they hold in the history of American art.”

“Guild Hall is thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit these great works by the most talented American artists of our time.  We thank Jo Carole Lauder, our neighbor here in the Hamptons, and the Trustees of FAPE for bringing this world-class program to our community,” stated Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director of Guild Hall of East Hampton.

By partnering with American artists, many with ties to the East End, FAPE donates permanent works of art to U.S. embassies around the world to fulfill its mission of cultural diplomacy. As of 2014, FAPE’s contributions included works by more than 200 preeminent American artists placed in more than 140 countries.

The Lee Kimche McGrath Original Print Collection began in 1989 when Frank Stella donated The Symphony in an edition large enough for a print to be sent to every U.S. embassy. The Original Print Collection is now FAPE’s longest-running program.

Since 1995, a distinguished American artist has donated a new edition, and Gemini G.E.L.LLC has contributed its printing services for nine artist prints. Artists in the Original Print Collection include:

John Baldessari • Louisiana Bendolph • Mary Lee Bendolph • Loretta Bennett • Vija Celmins • Chuck Close • Jasper Johns • Alex Katz • Ellsworth Kelly • Roy Lichtenstein • Robert Mangold • Brice Marden • Julie Mehretu • Elizabeth Murray • Loretta Pettway • Robert Rauschenberg • James Rosenquist • Susan Rothenberg • Ed Ruscha • Joel Shapiro • Frank Stella • Terry Winters

FAPE’s newest initiative is a collection of photography. Each year, a new work is donated by an American photographer to be placed in U.S. embassies throughout the world. In 2013, the Collection was inaugurated by Tina Barney and William Wegman. Carrie Mae Weems, Sidney Felsen, co-founder of Gemini G.E.L., and Richard Benson will each donate an edition in 2014.

For FAPE’s Site-Specific Collection, the organization is assisted by an advisory committee of prominent arts professionals chaired by Robert Storr. Once an artist has been selected and has agreed to create a work, FAPE works with the embassy architects, the State Department and the artist to ensure that the art is sensitively integrated within the site. The works are all donated by the artists and FAPE provides the funds to pay for their fabrication and installation. The exhibition at the Museum at Guild Hall will present drawings, photographs and maquettes for the large-scale, site-specific works. Artists in the Collection include:

Lynda Benglis (Mumbai, India) • Louise Bourgeois (Beijing, China) • Ron Gorchov (New York, USA) • Ellsworth Kelly (Beijing, China, and Berlin, Germany) • Sol LeWitt (Berlin, Germany; Tunis, Tunisia; and New York, USA) • Maya Lin (Istanbul, Turkey) • Elie Nadelman (London, United Kingdom) • Odili Donald Odita (New York, USA) • Martin Puryear (Beijing, China) • Dorothea Rockburne (Kingston, Jamaica) • Joel Shapiro (Ottawa, Canada, and Guangzhou, China) • Michael Singer (Athens, Greece) • Elyn Zimmerman (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

"FAPE has had the privilege to work with some of the country’s most celebrated American artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries," said Mr. Storr. "I am constantly reminded of their extraordinary generosity, and all of us associated with FAPE have been inspired by the collection of works they have created and made available for us to place in embassies around the world."

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