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Selections from the Collection of Emily Fisher Landau at LX Arts

  • Nancy Dwyer - Food
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto - North Atlantic Ocean
  • Jasper Johns - Light Bulb
October 9, 2019
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

When it comes to important American private art collections, there are several that managed to obtain critical acclaim due to an impressive selection of the artists and the artworks. One of them is certainly the one owned by Emily Fisher Landau who has been devotedly but carefully picking exquisite pieces for several decades now.

Although in her nineties, the collector still manages to present her collection so that the audience can learn and admire the powerful artworks within it, which will be proven with the upcoming exhibition at LX Arts in New York.

Eric Fischl - Study for Girl with Green Dress, 1987
Eric Fischl – Study for Girl with Green Dress, 1987. Watercolor on paper, 34 5/8 x 45 1/2 in, 87.9 x 115.6 cm

The Collecting Activity of Emily Fisher Landau

Since the early 1960s, Emily Fisher Landau has been exploring the art world aiming to put together a distinct collection that will represent her own extension, a surplus of her taste based on the knowledge and personal aesthetic standards. Landau also committed to making her collection visible for the wider public: she opened the Fisher Landau Center for Art in 1991 where thoughtfully curated exhibitions based on the works from her collection were displayed until the venue closed in 2017.

In 2010, Landau gave away four hundred works to the Whitney Museum of American Art (of which she is part of the Board of Trustees), which tells much about the collector’s interest in supporting art to the full extent. Landau is also part of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and the Painting and Sculpture Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

April Gornik - The Equinox
April Gornik – The Equinox, 1987. Oil on linen, 74 x 103 1/8 in, 188 x 261.9 cm

The Works

The upcoming exhibition will be compromised of the works made during the post-war era, and will definitely show the flow of Landau’s obsession with artists who were pioneers in their practices. The recurrent motif behind the selected works will their occupation with various elements of the human condition.

The works of Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Hiroshi Sugimoto, April Gornik, Nancy Dwyer, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ana Mendieta, Cy Twombly, Lorna Simpson, Larry Bell, Alexander Calder, Eric Fischl, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Longo, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Mark Tansey, explore various aspects spanning from the themes of belonging, love, sexuality, contemplation, equality, etc.

Nan Goldin - Rebecca on my bed
Nan Goldin – Rebecca on my bed, Hydra, Greece, 1995. Cibachrome, 20 x 24 in, 50.8 x 61 cm. Edition 5 of 15

The Landau Collection at LX Arts

It seems that the audience will be able to experience what triggered Emily Fisher Landau to select these works and how those explorations of hers contribute to the interpretation of the context of the artworks themselves.

On The Turn: Selections from the Collection of Emily Fisher Landau will be on view at LX Arts from 11 October until 6 December 2019. The opening reception is set for Octoberr 10, from 6 pm to 8pm.

Featured images: Nancy Dwyer – Food, 1990. Galvanized metal, 30 x 105 x 21 inches; Hiroshi Sugimoto – North Atlantic Ocean, Breton Island, 1996. Gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in, 50.8 x 61 cm. Edition 17 of 25; Jasper Johns – Light Bulb, 1967. Etching, 12 3/4 x 16 1/2 in, 32.4 x 41.9 cm. Edition of 12, AP 3/4. All images courtesy of the Collection of Emily Fisher Landau, LX Arts.