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‘Landmark’ art collection donated to Art Institute of Chicago

The critic sees by Jasper Johns.
The critic sees by Jasper Johns. Image by Jon Seidman / CC BY 2.0

The Art Institute of Chicago has just landed a major new addition to its permanent collection: 42 pieces of art with an estimated value of $400 million. The collection, which includes nine artworks by Andy Warhol, plus pieces by Jasper Johns and other important artists, has been donated by Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, two local philanthropists. Douglas Druick, the president of the Art Institute of Chicago, called it ‘ one of the landmark gifts in our 136-year-history,’ and ‘a great gift to the city of Chicago’. The museum will be displaying the collection, which includes paintings, photographs and sculpture dating from 1953 to 2011, on the second floor of its Modern Wing for the next 50 years. Read more: chicagotribune.com