The National Gallery of Art has received a promised gift of 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs from American art collector and gallerist Virginia Dwan.
The pledge includes works by 52 modern artists, such as Robert Smithson, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin. The gallery noted that the gift will enhance a number of areas in its permanent collection, including postwar abstraction and minimalism.
Dwan is the former owner and director of the Dwan Gallery, which had locations in Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and ’70s. Among her most famous group exhibitions was “My Country ’Tis of Thee” in 1962, one of the earliest pop art shows.
“The National Gallery of Art is thrilled to be the beneficiary of Ms. Dwan’s seminal collection,” gallery Director Earl A. Powell III said in a statement. “The pledge will significantly strengthen our holdings of art from the 1960s and 1970s.”