University of Queensland receives $1m art gift - Art Collector

Denise Green, Blue Quadrant, 1984. Paint stick, oil crayon and charcoal on canvas, 238 x 193cm. Courtesy: the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and the University of Queensland, Brisbane

11 September 2013 | A collection of over 100 works spanning the career of internationally renowned artist Denise Green have been donated to the University of Queensland.

Speaking at the announcement of the donation late last week, director of the University of Queensland's art museum Campbell Grey stated that the gift of 80 works on paper and 36 paintings is worth over one million Australian dollars and is the most valuable gift of Australian art in the university's history.

The donation was given to the university by Green's husband, Francis Claps. He had a distinguished career in New York as a cardiologist and actually began collecting key works by Green early in her career, long before their marriage.


Denise Green, Queensland, 2003. Pencil, watercolour, crayon and airbrush synthetic polymer paint on paper, 73 x 21cm. Courtesy: the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and the University of Queensland, Brisbane

Green was born in Melbourne, grew up in Brisbane, and studied in Paris and New York. She has exhibited across the world and retrospectives of her work have been held in major museums including the P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art/Museum of Modern Art in New York and in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

She encouraged her husband to donate the collection to the University of Queensland to acknowledge the city where she grew up. The donation was initially planned to be a posthumous one but they eventually decided upon making the gift during their life times.

The University of Queensland's art museum will celebrate the gift with a major exhibition and publication in late 2016. You can view the Denise Green/Francis Claps collection
here.


Alexandra Djurichkovic



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