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LEGACY: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

Opening: 10 FEBRUARY 2011 - Closing: 1 MAY 2011

LEGACY: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

 


The Whitney Museum's Fourth-Floor-Galleries are already named for the Whitney’s Munificent-Patron, Emily Fisher Landau.

 

So it’s entirely appropriate that they should be used to introduce Whitney-Regulars & other Art-Lovers to the Magnificent Collection of Artworks she is giving to the Whitney!

 

Adam D. Weinberg—the Whitney's Alice Pratt Brown Director—notes of this generosity that it "is the culmination of a single collector's enduring commitment to Contemporary-Artists & to sharing a love of Art.

 

"The gift goes beyond show-casing the Best of American Art, to demonstrate a Sense of Adventure & a willingness to challenge Conventional-Taste & Fashion."

 

Of course, it also takes a Lot of Money to make such Challenges really effective. But then, one has the Added-Satisfaction of keeping Starving-Artists from the Poor-House!

 

There surely was a time when Keith Haring didn’t know where the Next-Meal was coming-from?

 

Does Julian Schnabel look like he ever starved?

 

But, if your paintings required broken dishes, embedded in paint-sludge, you might not have anything off-which you could eat whatever food you managed to scrounge

 

Emily Fisher Landau's gift to the Whitney comprises 419 Works by nearly 100 Key-Figures in American-Art. All the Famous-Names are there!

 

Either Mrs. Landau has a Very-Good-Eye, or she was Very-Well-Advised by Art-Experts.

 

From the Whitney’s Press-Release:

 

"Emily Fisher Landau began collecting art in the late 1960s, & since the early 1980s, she has focused on building an important collection of Contemporary-American-Art.

 

"Legacy traces many of the ideas that have preoccupied artists in the United States since the late 1960s.

 

"Questions about the relevance of painting in the aftermath of Minimalism, Debates  about Representation, "Culture-Wars," & a revived-interest in Personal-Narratives are Driving-Forces in the Emily Fisher Landau Collection.

 

"Legacy allows these questions—as well as the question of what it means to collect Contemporary-Art—to unfold in the galleries.”

 

One section of Legacy focuses on Minimalism—broadly defined—with Seminal-Works by artists such as Carl Andre & Agnes Martin, as well as works by John McLaughlin, Rodney Graham, Joseph Kosuth, Martin Puryear, & Al Taylor.

 

Another section signals a return by artists to Representational & other subjects generally associated with painting by artists such as John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Mark Tansey, Peter Cain, & Susan Rothenberg, as well as paintings by Willem de Kooning & Cy Twombly.

 

Of course, no such Collection could be called Definitive, without a canvas or two by Baldessari & de Kooning

 

Legacy highlights Landau's support of a younger group of artists who engaged in the Political & Social Dialogue that came to the forefront in the vibrant Downtown-New-York-Scene, in the 1980s, a period when Landau began, in earnest, exploring Downtown-Galleries & Artists'-Studios.

 

Important works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, & Lorna  Simpson deal with AIDS, Issues of Politics & Gender, & Race.

 

Legacy also shows the long-standing Commitment Landau made to several artists.

 

Here, Richard Artschwager & Ed Ruscha are each represented by works Spanning-Their-Entire-Careers.

 

Also, a number of works by Jasper Johns—including a painting from the Catenary-Series & a selection from the Landau-Gift's Complete-Set of the artist's Screen-Prints, made between 1968 & 1982—provide an in-depth look at Johns's Career & Mastery of this Printing-Process.

 

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ladder to the Moon [1958] & James Rosenquist's House of Fire II [1982]—other works from the Emily Fisher Landau Gift—may also be seen in the exhibition Singular Visions on the Museum's fifth-floor.

 

In addition to the works mentioned above, the exhibition includes significant paintings by Andy Warhol, as well as the earliest Robert Gober Sculpture to enter into the Whitney's Collections.

 

Emily Fisher Landau has shared her time & generosity beyond the Walls of the Whitney.

 

In 1991, the Fisher Landau Center for Art was established in Long Island City, housed in a former Parachute-Harness-Factory.

 

The Center—designed by Max Gordon, in association with Bill Katz—is devoted to Art-Education & the exhibition & study of the  Fisher Landau Collection of Contemporary-Art, staging regular-exhibitions, drawn from its important holdings.

 

Emily Fisher Landau has served as a Trustee of SITE Santa Fe & the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, both in Santa Fe, New Mexico, & has also served on Acquisition-Committees at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, in New York, for several decades.

 

In 1999, she established the Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning-Disabilities at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.

 

She has also supported a program at Columbia-University Teachers-College & New York University that has helped New York City Private-School-Students with Learning-Disabilities.

 

[Apparently, Public-School Slow-Learners & Dyslexics will have to look out for themselves?]

 

Emily Fisher Landau was made a Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the Government of France, in 1986, among other well-deserved Honors.
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