A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp's Bequest to The Frick Collection at Frick Collection
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This winter and spring The Frick Collection will celebrate the generosity and discerning taste of former Director Charles A. Ryskamp (1928-2010) with an exhibition of works on paper from his bequest. This generous gift transforms the museum's holdings in drawings, enlarging them by nearly a third, while complementing the permanent collection's focus on the landscape and figural subjects favored by Henry Clay Frick. The works will be exhibited for the first time at the Frick in the Cabinet, a space created by Dr. Ryskamp during his tenure as Director from 1987 to 1997 and intended especially for the display of works on paper. The drawings were chosen from Dr. Ryskamp's extensive collection by Director Emerita Anne L. Poulet, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Colin B. Bailey, and Senior Curator Susan Grace Galassi. The varied subjects and styles of the works speak to the vibrant intellect of Dr. Ryskamp, who equated the collecting of art with the acquisition of knowledge. Three drawings are by artists already represented in The Frick Collection: a landscape in pencil by Pierre-Etienne-Theodore Rousseau, an early academic nude by Edgar Degas, and a pen-and-ink study of a young man by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Other works -- by artists such as George Stubbs, William Blake, and Eugene Delacroix -- were selected for their quality and art historical significance. The installation will also include two oil-on-paper studies of clouds by John Constable, which Dr. Ryskamp was instrumental in bringing to the Collection in 2001.
Venue Description: The Frick Collection is one of New York City's most beloved cultural treasures; with the extraordinary works of Western European art from the Renaissance right up to the end of the 19th century, industrialist Henry Clay Frick charitably bequeathed his collection to the public. The Frick family's former Fifth Avenue mansion and the unique ambience of an art connoisseur's private home has been preserved in the Frick Collection. Remarkable paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects are presented in public programs, such as free lectures and concerts. The Frick Art Reference Library is esteemed worldwide by scholars and students, and is also open to the public. The Frick Collection's sixty-seventh concert season presents a number of exciting debuts of European artists. It is also the first time that a concert and preconcert lecture will be offered in conjunction with a special exhibition.
The Frick Collection is located at 1 East 70th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) and is open six days a week: Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm and Sundays 11am-5pm. The Collection is closed on Mondays and public holidays. The museum is fully accessible to the disabled. Admission into the Frick Collection is $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (62 and over); and $5 for students with valid identification. On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11am-1pm. The price of admission includes the ArtPhone audio guide. Lectures are open to the public without charge 30 minutes before the event. Group visits are by appointment only. Lecturing in the galleries is prohibited. Free coat checking is provided in the coat room. Coats (if not worn), packages, umbrellas, and large handbags must be left there. Unfortunately, luggage is not accepted. The Frick Art Reference library is located just around the corner from The Frick Collection at 10 East 71st Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) and is open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 9:30am-1pm, and is closed Sundays, holiday weekends, Saturdays in June and July, and during the month of August. First-time researchers must bring a photo ID and arrive before 3pm on weekdays or 11am on Saturdays. The Library is open to all adult researchers free of charge.