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Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist

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Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist was a retrospective exhibition stemming from Jo and Edward Hopper’s posthumous bequest, in 1968, of his entire artistic estate to the Whitney Museum of American Art. This was, according to Tom Armstrong, then Director of the Whitney, “the largest bequest of an American artist ever made to a public institution.” Drawing also on the Art Institute’s fine collection of works by Hopper, including his midcentury masterpiece Nighthawks, this exhibition was, at the time, the most extensive collection of Hopper’s work ever presented; it included 150 oil paintings, 35 watercolors, and 100 drawings, many of which had never before been publicly exhibited. The exhibition was on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Städische Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf prior to opening in Chicago, and it traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art after the Chicago engagement.

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