James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), “Fumette,” 1858, etching, drypoint, and black ink on paper, 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 in., Gertrude Kosovsky Collection, 2018.15.221, photo: Michael Bodycomb

New York City
through September 1

“Whistler as Printmaker: Highlights from the Gertrude Kosovsky Collection” is an exhibition celebrating the promised gift to the Frick Collection of 42 works on paper created by James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). Organized by curators Susan Grace Galassi and Margaret Iacono, this display features 15 prints and one pastel.

The collection was formed over five decades by Mrs. Kosovsky, with the support of her husband, Dr. Harry Kosovsky, and includes 27 etchings, 14 lithographs, and one pastel, which range from Whistler’s early etchings of the late 1850s to lithographs of the late 1890s. The gift comes a little over a century after Henry Clay Frick purchased more works by this artist than by any other. Since Frick’s death in 1919, however, only one work by Whistler has been added to the collection.

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