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Rose Art Museum at Brandeis announces major gift

A trove of contemporary art is bound for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis, the museum’s director Christopher Bedford announced Friday. Bedford said Baltimore businessman and collector Stephen M. Salny has made a “promised gift” of 48 works on paper, including 11 lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly, and pieces by Joseph Albers, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden, Robert Motherwell, and Sean Scully. (The work by Hirst will be the first by the artist acquired by the museum.) Bedford said the works given to Brandeis by Salny, along with the Rose’s existing holdings by Kelly, will be on display from Feb. 12 to June 5. Salny’s grandfather Samuel M. Salny established one of Brandeis’s earliest Endowed Fellowships for graduate studies. And Salny’s mother, June, encouraged her son’s interest in the arts through programs led by Lois Foster at the Rose Art Museum.

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