October 27, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Assembled in honor of the late Savannah native, scholar, and MoMA curator Kirk Varnedoe (1946-2003), the Kirk Varnedoe Collection contains some of the finest examples of contemporary art in the Telfair’s permanent collection. This remarkable group of works on paper, a perennial favorite among Telfair members and visitors alike, includes pieces by some of the most pivotal artists of the past fifty years.
The Varnedoe Collection celebrates the life and legacy of Kirk Varnedoe through the presentation of works on paper created by the contemporary artists he most admired. Varnedoe, a native of Savannah, was a distinguished scholar and chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York between 1988 and 2001. The works in this collection, which are permanent gifts to the Telfair, were donated by twenty-two artists (or their representatives) in Varnedoe’s memory.
The wide-ranging taste of Kirk Varnedoe is reflected in the assembled pieces, largely produced during the first decade of the twenty-first century by artists diverse in age, background, and methodology. The Varnedoe Collection includes exemplary works by artists such as Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Richard Avedon, and many others.
Sponsored by Danyse and Julius Edel.