This exhibition showcased works of art that were part of a promised gift of 37 works of art from Duke alumnus E. Blake Byrne to the Nasher Museum.
The promised gift bolstered the Nasher Museum’s growing collection of contemporary art and includes works by 26 artists including Anthony Caro, David Hammons, Jasper Johns, Sol Lewitt, Glenn Ligon, Paul Pfeiffer, Thomas Scheibitz, Rudolf Schwartzkogler and Kehinde Wiley, among others. The exhibition featured a rare chair made of erasers by Gary Simmons, known for his chalkboard drawings, photographs by Lyle Ashton Harris, a video sculpture by Pfeiffer and a drawing by Wiley. The show also included works by Fred Wilson and John Baldessari on loan from Byrne.
Byrne announced the promised gift in 2007, on the occasion of his 50th reunion at Duke, in honor of Raymond D. Nasher, the late founder and namesake of the Nasher Museum.
The gift draws from the collection that Byrne has built over more than 20 years. His collection represents important artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Byrne has been listed as one of ARTnews magazine’s top 200 collectors in the world and as one of Art & Antiques magazine’s “100 Top Collectors Who Are Making a Difference.” He is past chairman of the Nasher Museum’s Board of Advisors.