Seattle Art Museum Receives Transformative Gift

Portrait of a Man with Glasses I. By Francis Bacon. Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) received a landmark gift of 19 artworks and $10.5 million in dedicated funds from the Friday Foundation, which celebrates the legacy of Seattle collectors Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis.

Over their lifetimes, the Langs assembled one of the most significant private collections of Abstract Expressionist and post-war European works, spanning the years between 1945 and 1976. Six are the first works by the artist to enter SAM’s collection: Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, Clyfford Still, and Ad Reinhardt.

“This is a transformative moment for the Seattle Art Museum, and we are very grateful to the Friday Foundation,” Amada Cruz, Illsley Ball Nordstrom director and CEO of the Seattle Art Museum, said in a press release.

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