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At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, an Impressive New Exhibition Space Opens Amid Hard Times
When Houston philanthropist Caroline Wiess Law died on her eighty-fifth birthday, on Christmas Eve, 2003, she left her collection of twentieth-century paintings—including masterpieces by Willem de Kooning, Joan Miró, and Andy Warhol—to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she had served on the board of trustees. Law also willed the bulk of her estate, a sum of about $450 million, to the MFAH in one of the largest gifts ever made to an American art museum. The cash infusion allowed the institution to go on an epic acquisition spree for modern and contemporary art, adding about two thousand new pieces to its collection, including major works by Richard Avedon, Fernand Léger, Martin Puryear, Doris Salcedo, and Kara Walker. But a problem quickly surfaced: there…View Original Post