Carol Vogel announces Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner’s gift to two museums:
About 500 works by some 70 American artists will go to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and about 300 works by 27 European and international artists are earmarked for the Pompidou Center in Paris. The collection as a whole, which ranges from the 1950s to the present, has particularly rich examples from the 1980s and ’90s. […]
The couple said they picked the Whitney and the Pompidou because they knew their gift would make a difference at each museum.
After the Whitney’s scheduled move to the meatpacking district of Manhattan in 2015, it will have far more space to show its permanent collection. And the donated works will strengthen the museum’s holdings of 1980s works by artists like Christopher Wool, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Robert Gober and Cady Noland.
The gift will also augment the Whitney’s photography holdings, adding images by Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams and Diane Arbus.