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Exhibition Detail
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014

February 10th, 2011 - May 1st, 2011
February 10th, 2011 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 Lion in Oil, Edward RuschaEdward Ruscha, Lion in Oil,
2002, Synthetic polymer on canvas with tape, 64 3/16 × 72 1/8 × 1 9/16 in. (163 × 183.2 × 4 cm) overall
© Courtesy of the artist & Whitney Museum of American Art
upper east side
Wed - Sun 11-6, Fri 11-9

Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection presents a selection of works from the historic gift of art pledged to the Whitney in May 2010 by longtime Museum trustee Emily Fisher Landau. Considered one of the preeminent collectors of postwar art in the United States, Emily Fisher Landau’s personal approach to collecting has long paralleled that of the Whitney, an institution similarly devoted to the art of its time. The exhibition traces many of the ideas that have preoccupied artists in the United States, particularly since the 1960s. Questions about the relevance of painting in the aftermath of Minimalism, debates about representation, “culture wars,” and a revived interest in personal narratives are explored in works by artists such as Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Peter Hujar, Neil Jenney, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Richard Prince, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Mark Tansey, and David Wojnarowiz. Also highlighted in Legacy are some of the artists that Emily Fisher Landau collected in depth—Richard Artscwager, Jasper Johns, and Ed Ruscha—a reflection of her longstanding relationships with artists and her commitment to collecting in depth.

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