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The Judith Neisser Collection

James Rondeau with Anne Rorimer

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For more than thirty years, Judith Neisser has been attentively attuned to the visual aspects of her surroundings, first as a writer and critic of architecture and interior design, and, more recently, as distinguished collector of international contemporary art. The Judith Neisser Collection—equally rigorous in visual and conceptual coherence—features an extraordinary selection of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper created from the 1960s to the present. Published on the occasion of an upcoming exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, the catalogue is the second installment in the museum’s Contemporary Collecting series.

The Judith Neisser Collection is remarkable in its quality and focus; special emphasis is given to a core group of works emerging from Minimal and Conceptual art of the 1960s, most notably objects by Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, Donald Judd, Brice Marden, and Blinky Palermo. Other artists from distinct traditions—such as Lucio Fontana, Eva Hesse, Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Sherrie Levine, and Rudoph Stingel, for example—have been wonderfully integrated into the collection based on shared themes such as seriality, the monochrome, reductive geometric forms, and the grid. Many of the objects featured in the exhibition have been gifted or designated as promised gifts to the museum.

The 160-page publication serves as the first detailed look at more than one hundred works from the collection. It includes a foreword by Art Institute director James Cuno, an introduction to the collection by James Rondeau, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and curator of the exhibition, and an essay by Conceptual art scholar Anne Rorimer, as well an in-depth interview with Judith Neisser.

The Art Intitute of Chicago, 2011
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.; 160 pages; 116 color illustrations
ISBN 978-0-300-17024-5