Print gallery opens at the Art Institute

Prints and drawings collected for the Art Institute of Chicago by five of the museum's trustees make up the Institute's latest exhibit.

The exhibit, which opened June 14 in the newly-christened Richard and Mary Gray wing, is titled "Collecting for Chicago: Prints, Drawings and Patronage" and includes a newly acquired Joan Miro print.

The Miro print, a 1929 work  titled "Collage"  was a gift from the Richard and Mary Gray collection trust.

Richard Gray is the owner of the Richard Gray Gallery in the Hancock Center and is a trustee of the museum. Mary Gray is a member of the Friends of the Park advisory board and the author of A Guide to Chicago's Murals.

The exhibit is in honor of five museum "life trustees," all of whom serve on the museum's trustee advisory committee for prints and life drawings.

The first room features German Expressionist prints  collected by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Freehling.

A collection provided by trustee Quinn E. Delaney includes  works by Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol.

Warhol's 1976 print "The Skull" is also part of the exhibit as a part of the collection of trustee Betty Regenstein Hartmann.

Hartmann has been active in building the museum's holding of works by African Americans and self-taught artists.

The collection presented by trustee Mary Adams Young, a member of the museum's Antiquarian and Old Master Society, whose late husband George was a former vice president of the Institute, were all made before 1840.

It includes works by Charles Beale and Thomas Frye.

The exhibit runs until September 14. There will be two public gallery talks, on July 22 and August 26. 

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