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25 February 2020

Pure Drawing: the Gray Collection in Chicago

Pure Drawing: the Gray Collection in Chicago Vincent van Gogh: 'Avenue of Pollard Birches and Poplars' (March 1884). The Art Institute of Chicago, promised gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray.

The exhibition Pure Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the philanthropic legacy of prominent Chicago gallery owner the late Richard Gray and his wife, art historian Mary L. Gray, who donated 91 works from their collection to the museum. Assembled over nearly half a century, the Gray Collection is a remarkable body of drawings representing 700 years of Western art.

Extending from Renaissance drawings to works of art brut and beyond, Pure Drawing includes works by masters such as Peter Paul Rubens, François Boucher, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Canaletto, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock.

The exhibition, which continues until 10 May, is curated by Kevin Salatino, the Art Institute’s chair and curator of prints and drawings, and Suzanne Folds McCullagh, who formerly held his post and now is director of the Gray Collection Trust and author and editor of The Gray Collection: Seven Centuries of Master Drawings.