Tuesday, November 5, 2013

National Gallery of Art to get 250 works from Virginia Dwan Collection - posted by Florida FIne Art Blog

National Gallery of Art to get 250 works from Virginia Dwan Collection
The Washington Post  

The National Gallery of Art has received a promised gift of 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from American art collector and gallerist Virginia Dwan.
The pledge includes works by 52 modern artists, such as Robert Smithson, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin. The gallery noted that the gift will enhance a number of areas in its permanent collection, including postwar abstraction and minimalism. 

Dwan is the former owner and director of the Dwan Gallery, which had locations in Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and ’70s. Among her most famous group exhibitions was “My Country ’Tis of Thee” in 1962, one of the earliest pop art shows. 

“The National Gallery of Art is thrilled to be the beneficiary of Ms. Dwan’s seminal collection,” gallery Director Earl A. Powell III said in a statement. “The pledge will significantly strengthen our holdings of art from the 1960s and 1970s.”

The works will go on display for the exhibition, “From Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery 1959-1971,” when the East Building galleries reopen in 2016 after a planned closure for maintenance and expansion beginning next year. 

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Great news for those of us that love work from the 60's - 70's.  I can't wait for the East Wing of the National Gallery to reopen!  GL

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