Emily Fisher Landau is a noted philanthropist who started collecting art way back in the 1960s. She started to collect works by Picasso and other European masters but gradually became interested in contemporary American art.
This was a time when artists struggled to make name and money, and Emily Fisher Landau patronized them and bought their work and encouraged budding artists. In fact she has some of the best collections of contemporary American art today.
She has now pledged to donate 367 works of art to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the collection is expected to be worth $50 to $75 million. Jasper Johns, William Eggleston, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol are some of the artists that she would donate to the museum. The gift to the museum is not the first, and she has always been one of the most important figures in the functioning of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Mrs. Landau is now all of 89, and believes that some of her precious collection of art would be better displayed for the public and share it with the world. American contemporary art has been quite neglected lately especially after the recession set in. Perhaps this gift would help people to discover the beauty of contemporary American art.
Via: NY Times