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Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Art

Edited by Suzanne Folds McCullagh
With contributions by Lawrence Weschler, François Borne, and others

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Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Master Drawings will focus on the extraordinary collection of leading Chicago patrons of the arts Richard and Mary L. Gray. The 105 works on paper from the fifteenth century to the present, as well as ten twentieth-century paintings and two sculptures, featured in the book are a testimony to the unique perspective of one of America’s foremost dealers in modern and contemporary art and his art-historian wife.

The Gray Collection began with master works of the modern era that reflect the pantheon of artists represented by the Gray Gallery in Chicago and New York: Picasso, Matisse, Léger, Miró, Dubuffet, De Kooning, Dine, and Hockney, and many more. The couple has also assembled a major group of works on paper by such nineteenth-century masters as Delacroix, Ingres, Degas, and Seurat. In recent years, Richard Gray has delved deeper into the history of drawings, putting together a selection of treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. This group includes master drawings by Italians Barocci, Ludovico and Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Canaletto, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and Guardi. The collection also features superb sheets by Rubens, Poussin, and Fragonard.

In addition to individual entries on all 117 works, the book contains an in-depth interview with Richard Gray and an appreciation of the keen visual sensibilities that the Grays have brought to the formation of their outstanding collection. Art Institute curator Suzanne McCullagh introduces the collection.

Lawrence Weschler is artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. François Borne is a French drawings scholar. Suzanne McCullagh is the Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2010
9 ½ x 12 in., 224 pages, 174 color illustrations