From 1958 to 2004, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff assembled one of the greatest collections ever to focus on American painting of the postwar era. Built around six major figures — Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella — the collection comprises some three hundred works, almost half of which are included here. It reaches back to the leading abstract expressionists — Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still — and forward to younger artists such as Terry Winters, Julian Lethbridge, Mel Bochner, and Joel Shapiro. A dazzling array of paintings is complemented by sculptural objects that incorporate the wall (or even hang from it), while a strong selection of prints and drawings highlights daring technical innovations in those media.
Jane Meyerhoff’s untimely death in 2004 brought the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection to a close. In addition to many important gifts already made to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Meyerhoffs have pledged their collection to the nation, together with their home and galleries near Baltimore, Maryland. Here then is a celebration of a historic act of philanthropy and, above all, a great gathering of art.
164 pages, 169 color | 9 x 11.375 inches
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