It takes a great artist to create excitement; it takes a great collector to make that chatter into a movement. David Whitney, who died in 2005, helped shape pop art as a curator, writer and collector. His social and professional circle (often one and the same) included Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and, of course, Whitneys near-lifelong partner, the modernist architect Philip Johnson. Warhol even created a silk-screen portrait of Whitney, a piece shown in the Menil Collections The David Whitney Bequest. The show includes drawings and prints by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Claes Oldenburg, but the centerpiece is a group of 17 drawings by Johns, including studies for his famous flag and target paintings of the 50s.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: May 11. Continues through Oct. 28, 2007