This just in: Ydessa Hendeles makes a big donation to the AGO
You might think that a release that lands in your inbox at the innocuous hour of 9.29 pm Wednesday night might be of the throwaway kind -- some kind of automated outbox-clearing function performed by an SMTP robot.
So you can imagine my surprise to learn the meat of it was mildly extraordinary: That Ydessa Hendeles, whose private foundation on King Street is probably the best contemporary art institution in town, and one of the best in the country, had made the most significant donation of contemporary art in the AGO's history.
Hendeles is one of the foremost private collectors of contemporary art in Canada, and one of the few who register internationally; at her foundation, I've seen the likes of Bruce Nauman, Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, On Kawara, Shirin Neshat and Maurizio Cattelan, to name a few; she's also one of Jeff Wall's early champions in this country, counseling the AGO to buy his work back in the 80s.
In any case, the donation, from Hendeles' personal collection, includes 32 pieces from names like Thomas Schütte,
Bill Viola, Ian Wallace, Ken Lum, Liz Magor, Kim Adams, Betty Goodwin and Ian Carr-Harris, among others. Lucky AGO.