ArtDaily reports that the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, has received the art collection of John M. Parker Jr., a gift of more than 160 pieces of art (paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and drawings) by seventy-four artists, including Zoe Leonard, Frank Stella, Alice Aycock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Donald Judd. “John Parker is a very sophisticated collector. His gift exemplifies the McNay’s commitment to artistic excellence and community impact. He now joins a group of collectors who were inspired by the legacy of our founder, Marion Koogler McNay, and through their own very generous spirits have enriched the collection of the first modern art museum in Texas,” said Richard Aste, the museum’s director.
“John M. Parker Jr. was introduced to art collecting at the McNay in the 1980s. He spent the following decades collecting contemporary art in a thoughtful, diligent, and prescient way,” said Lyle Williams, the McNay’s curator of prints and drawings. “His donation of masterpieces of Minimal printmaking and Conceptual German art is among the most important gifts in the McNay’s history.”