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10 key works from the $400 million donation to the Art Institute

10 key works from the $400 million donation to the Art Institute

Amid the excitement over the news Tuesday that the Art Institute of Chicago will receive its largest-ever art gift, $400 million worth of postwar works donated by Chicago philanthropists Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, the art itself may have taken a back seat. But the 42 paintings, photographs and sculptures, which will be on display beginning in January and for half a century afterward, deserve their own metaphorical pedestal. Their focus on the pop art movement addresses key deficiencies in the Art Institute's collection, which will go, for instance, from showing one major Warhol painting (1973's "Mao") to showing 10. The museum's contemporary art curator, James...

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