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Contemporary Collecting: The Donna and Howard Stone Collection

James Rondeau

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Donna and Howard Stone have collected works of art in all media for more than 30 years, building one of the most distinguished private collections of contemporary art in the country. Much of what they have acquired relates to advanced Minimal and Conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the various practices that these movements inspired in contemporary art. Some of the featured artists include Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, and Franz West.

Highlights from the Stones’ extensive holdings—including many gifts to the museum—will be the focus of an exhibition at the Art Institute in 2010. This publication serves as the first detailed look at the works that will be exhibited, as well as a chronicle of the Stones’ collection. It includes an introduction by James Rondeau, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art; an essay by Judith Russi Kirshner, Professor of Art and Design and Art History, as well as Dean of the College of Architecture and Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and an in-depth interview with the Stones.

The Art Institute of Chicago 2010
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.; 160 pages; 61 color 229 halftone illustrations