Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner

Christine Macel and Elisabeth Sussman; With a contribution by Elisabeth Sherman

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For more than 30 years, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have devoted themselves to contemporary art, and through their passion and acumen have assembled an extraordinary collection. This handsomely illustrated volume is the first to document the collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, more than 850 artworks in all media that have been promised to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Artists represented include Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Ryan Gander, and Bernadette Corporation, among others, and the works span from the 1950s to 2014.
Over 300 highlights illustrate the collectors’ commitment to acquiring works that challenge, excite, confound, and amuse. Essays offer context for understanding the importance of the works as a group and illuminate the art world milieus in which the collectors immersed themselves. The book also includes an engaging interview with the collectors, providing a personal perspective on contemporary art acquisition. 

Christine Macel is chief curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Elisabeth Sherman is assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Whitney Museum of American Art

Centre Pompidou, Paris

ISBN: 9780300214826
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Whitney Museum of American Art
352 pages, 9 x 12
397 color + 122 b/w illus.
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