Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]100m Art Gift Is the Greatest since the Tate Was Founded

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]100m Art Gift Is the Greatest since the Tate Was Founded

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Byline: LOUISE JURY

(1) Making a difference: Anthony d'Offay's gift will transform the nation's holding of Warhol, below(2) Huge presence: Robert Therrien's Small Table & Chairs will be one of the largest donations to the Tate while the Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, including one of Patti Smith, are part of a collection of world importance(3) Spectacular: one Artist Room will be taken up by three sculptures by Ron Mueck,including Spooning Couple, 2005 The gift will greatlyimprove representation of the artist

LONDON dealer Anthony d'Offay has sold art worth more than [pounds sterling]125 millionto the nation for the [pounds sterling]26.5 million it originally cost him.

The unprecedented collection includes more than 700 works by postwar stars suchas Joseph Beuys, Gilbert and George, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richterand Andy Warhol.

It will be jointly owned and managed by the Tate in London and the NationalGalleries of Scotland.

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota said the "gift" was one of the largest evermade in this country, on a par with Henry Tate's founding donation.

"Anthony is making an incredible donation of the major part of his personalwealth. It is an extraordinary act of philanthropy. I don't know of anythingelse equivalent anywhere else in the world." The works were considered soimportant that the British and Scottish Governments each stumped up [pounds sterling]10 millionto help secure them.

Sir Nicholas said the quality and range would "completely transform theopportunity to experience contemporary art in the UK".

The Tate had no works by the photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Diane Arbusuntil now and only a handful of pieces by artists such as Anselm

Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, Ron Mueck and Ed Ruscha. The gifts would take up one and ahalf floors of Tate Modern but the deal has been struck so that the work willalso be seen in partner galleries across the country from the De La WarrPavilion in Bexhill to the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney.

The new collection will be known as Artist Roomsartists will be represented by so many works they can be shown in a room oreven rooms. …

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