Art Institute of Chicago: Experience Rare Masterworks from Seven Centuries of Art: in The Gray Collection to Open September 2010 at the AIC.

 

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Painting by Kandinsky.

A Pictorial Who's Who of Seven Centuries of Significant Art from Rubens to Picasso.

Visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago's new exhibition "Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art " opening September 25, 2010 will view a truly remarkable collection of art including works from Rubens, Tiepolo, Degas, Picasso and more.

The Gray Collection, belonging to Richard Gray, one of America's foremost modern and contemporary art dealers, and his wife, art historian and author Mary Lackritz was a half-century in the making.  Their collection began with a work on paper of a Paul Klee lithograph received as a wedding present in 1953.

Over 100 Works Featured in the Gray Collection.

The current exhibition showcases 121 works from the 15th century through the 21st century.  The depth and quality of this collection make it significant. Featured works range from Francesco Salviatai (1510-1563) through David Hockney  (b. 1937) and includes a gift of nine works to the museum's Department of Prints and Drawings.

Highlights of Featured Works.

Francesco Borsignori's  (1455-1519) century portrait of an old man.

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Painting by Degas.

17th Century drawings of Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665).

Works by Edgar Degas (1834-1917).

Drawings and paintings by Odlion Redon (1840-1916).

Several luminous studies by Georges Seurat (1859-1891), whose masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884) is one of the signature works of the Art Institute.

Seven drawings by Pablo Picasso.

Four works by Henri Matisse.

Two watercolors by Wassily Kandinsky.

A landscape study by Vincent van Gogh.

A small oil portrait from 1883/85 by Paul Cézanne.

Other artists represented in the collection include Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752); Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806); Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867); Theadore Géricault (1791-1824); Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863); Honore Daumier (1808-1879); Joan Miro (1893-1993); Fernard Leger (1881-1955); Willem de Kooning; (1904-1997) Franz Kline (1910-1962); Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) and Alex Katz (b. 1927).

Exhibition information.

Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art, will be on view through January 2, 2011, in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Wing (Galleries 124-127) of the museum. Free with Museum admission. 111 S. Michigan.

About Richard and Mary Gray.

Richard (Dick) Gray is the owner of the Richard Gray Gallery. Mary Lackritz Gray is an art historian and the author of A Guide to Chicago's Murals and A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture.  Both of the Grays have been active and sustained supporters of many cultural institutions in Chicago. Richard Gray has been a life trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago since 2004.

Exhibition Catalogue.

Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art is complemented by a full-color, fully illustrated catalogue published by the Art Institute of Chicago and distributed by Yale University Press.  The publication, designed by Massimo Vignelli, is a testament to the renowned aesthetic eye of the collectors. Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art is available at the Art Institute's Museum Shop for $50.00.

 

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