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LACMA Scores $100M+ Worth of Modern Art Gems

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Picasso. Giacometti. Kandinsky. Klee. Brancusi.

So begins a list of 20th century artists whose works are part of the largest single donation to LACMA in over 40 years. Private LA art collectors Henri Lazarof, a composer, and his wife Janice, a daughter of the late S. Mark Taper, gave 130 paintings, sculptures, and other modernist works to LACMA this week. The gift is valued at an estimated $100 million plus according to the LA Times.

LACMA is set to begin exhibiting the works next month:

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About 80 works from the collection will go on view Jan. 13, a month before the museum unveils the first phase of an ambitious expansion and renovation program that includes a new contemporary art building financed by Los Angeles collector-philanthropist Eli Broad. The Lazarof donation will debut in three galleries on the plaza level of the Ahmanson Building, in a new 22,000-square-foot showcase for modern art. [...]

Among the Picassos are 17 portraits, such as a tiny Rose Period painting from 1906; twisted images of the artist's mistress Dora Maar from the 1930s; and a monumental likeness of his wife Jacqueline painted in the early 1960s. About two dozen works by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Lyonel Feininger represent the influential Bauhaus school in Germany. There are also Impressionist pieces by Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, but the gift is primarily a Modernist bonanza. -- LAT

Earlier: LACMA's Library Book Sale

Image of Picasso's Head of a Woman (1906) courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art