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GRAM exhibits contemporary risk takers

February 7, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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A collection of contemporary pieces by more than 40 artists is visiting the Grand Rapids Art Museum from New York.

The exhibit, “Legacy: The Emily Fischer Landau Collection,” is the third and final installment in a three-year partnership between the GRAM and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The exhibit will be at the GRAM until April 27.

"Game changers"

Included in the collection are 80 pieces of conceptualism, postmodernism and photography from the 1960s to 1980s, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Jujar, Nan Goldin and Lorna Simpson.

"These are the artists that took risks, that made powerful statements that resonated locally, nationally and around the globe," said Dana Friis-Hansen, GRAM director and CEO. "They were game changers, experimenting with new styles and formats that form the very basis for the contemporary art of our era. These are the artists who pushed the boundaries from the sixties through the nineties — and are still making powerful statements today."

The full Landau collection includes 400 modern and contemporary pieces at the Whitney Museum.

The exhibit is accompanied by a hardcover catalog and audio guide with commentary from Whitney Director Adam D. Weinberg and interviews with artists.

Throughout the stay of the exhibit, there will be drop-in tours, studio workshops and more. 

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