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Collector Lends 20th Century Masterpieces to MIA


Roy Lichtenstein, Art, 1962; Oil and magna on canvas; Lent by George T. Shea and Gordon Locksley; © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

December 15, 2006—A new display of important twentieth-century painting and sculpture is on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Located in the contemporary painting and sculpture galleries in the museum's new Target Wing, all ten works are on extended loan from the collection of Gordon Locksley, of Fort Lauderdale, and George Shea, of Palm Springs, former Minneapolis residents who have amassed extraordinary holdings of contemporary art since 1960. The installation includes works by modern and contemporary masters such as Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Brice Marden, Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, and Roy Lichtenstein.

"This is an incredibly generous loan," said William M. Griswold, Director and President of the MIA. "Displayed alongside works from the same period in the museum's permanent collection, these works represent some of the most important artists of our time and provide a compelling overview of American painting and sculpture of the later twentieth century. We are especially thrilled that they will be on view during the MIA's busiest time of the year."

"The Locksley Shea Gallery owes its very existence to Minneapolis," said Locksley. "Recognition and support from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts was crucial to our survival and success. We cannot overstate our affection for this great institution and its importance to America's cultural life."

"Gordon Locksley and George Shea are long-time friends and benefactors of the museum," said Patrick Noon, Chair of Paintings and Modern Sculpture at the MIA. "Mr. Locksley was so impressed with the MIA's recently expanded galleries for modern and contemporary art, he offered to lend the museum some of their remarkable artworks to further enhance the MIA's permanent collection."

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