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Nasher, Patsy

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role Collector Patron
dates 1928-1988
city Dallas
other citiesBoston, MA;
sex F
historical notes Patsy Nasher and her husband, Raymond, created one of the world's leading collections of modern sculpture; artists ranging from Picasso and Henry Moore to Giacometti, David Smith, Matisse and Maillol (New York Times, 7/9/1988).

The Nasher’s began by collecting pre-Columbian art and later became interested in 20th-Century Art.

Jean Arp’s Torso with Buds (1961), two major bronzes by Henry Moore, Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae (1968) and Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9 (1968, no longer in the Collection), and Barbara Hepworth’s large and powerful Squares with Two Circles (Monolith) (1963, cast 1964). Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi.
Some of the first major acquisitions in this area include Claes Oldenburg’s Pile of Typewriter Erasers (1970-74), Richard Serra’s Inverted House of Cards (1969-70), Donald Judd’s Untitled (1976), and Roy Lichtenstein’s Double Glass (1979).
Works by younger artists such as Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon, Jeff Koons, Scott Burton, and Martin Puryear soon followed.

Perhaps its single most distinguishing feature, however, is the depth with which it represents certain key artists, including Matisse (with eleven sculptures), Picasso (seven), Smith (eight), Raymond Duchamp-Villon (seven), Moore (eight), Miró (four), and Giacometti (thirteen).

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