Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New

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Ileana Sonnabend, 1973 Acrylic And Silkscreen Ink On Canvas, Two Panels 40 X 80" (101.6 X 203.2 Cm) © Courtesy of The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New
Curated by: Claire Lehmann, Ann Temkin

11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
December 21st, 2013 - April 21st, 2014
Opening: December 21st, 2013 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Wed-Mon 10:30 - 5:30; Fri 10:30 - 8:00


During a career spanning half a century, Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America. A gallerist and noted collector, Sonnabend discovered and championed many of the most significant artists of her time. Among the important works she owned is Robert Rauschenberg's Combine Canyon (1959), which the Sonnabend family donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In celebration of this extraordinary gift, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New explores Sonnabend’s legendary eye through selected works of art that she presented in her eponymous galleries in Paris and New York.

Renowned for her ambassadorial role in bringing new art across the Atlantic, Sonnabend was instrumental in introducing American Pop art and Minimalism to Europe and Italian Arte Povera to the United States. She also sought out and supported some of the most noncommercial and challenging Conceptual, new-media, and performance-based art of the 1970s. The exhibition includes works by approximately 40 artists, including Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Morris, Mario Merz, Vito Acconci, Mel Bochner, John Baldessari, and Jeff Koons. Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New reveals the astounding scope of Sonnabend’s taste and salutes her commitment to introducing groundbreaking art to the public.