We have seen that there are some major donations such as the donations of photographs done by institutions including Getty Foundation recently. However, we now have a major donation from someone who has opted to remain anonymous. In this donation, the donor who is believed to be an Art Dealer has decided to keep his/her identity a secret.
Mead Art Museum announced that 170 works have been donated to them from an anonymous donor. These are some of the artists whose works have been donated to the museum: Mona Hatoum, Cindy Sherman, Christopher Williams, Candice Breitz, Laura Owens, Carroll Dunham, Mark Bradford, and Analia Saban and others.
In a statement, David E. Little, director and chief curator of the museum said that “We are so incredibly fortunate to be the recipients of a gift of contemporary art of this scale and scope. The addition of more than 170 works of contemporary art will have a tremendous impact on our collection, and supports us in our ongoing efforts to expand our holdings in ways that reflect the diversity of the Amherst College community.”
He also announced that on September 10, selection of works from the donation will go on view to be a part of an exhibition called “Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts.” which will run through July 26, 2020.
However, this is not the biggest donation that Mead Art Museum has ever received. It is known that John and Sue Wieland gave the museum $3 million to endow its director and chief curator position.