Whitney to display works from major gift of contemporary art

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Posted: Oct 15, 2015 11:42 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Selections from contemporary artworks donated to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012 are going on view next month.

The works donated by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner will be exhibited from Nov. 20 through March 6, 2016.

The couple split their collection between the Whitney and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The Whitney received 550 artworks by more than 75 American artists and the Pompidou got about 300 by some 40 European artists.

The Whitney exhibition will show about 100 works from both gifts, including pieces by Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Christopher Wool.

An exhibition at the Pompidou will follow, opening June 9, 2016.

The Wagners acquired many of the works when the artists were relatively unknown. They continue to collect.

The Whitney relocated from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to the West Side downtown, near the High Line, and reopened in a striking new building designed by Renzo Piano on May 1 of this year. Its exterior spaces, on a series of terraces with varied views of the urban landscape and outdoor art installations, are as much a draw for visitors as the indoor exhibitions.

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Online video showing views from Whitney terraces: http://youtu.be/Ui_L_388Z7Q