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Lane Collection Donated to Boston MFA

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced this past weekend the astonishing news that it has received 6,000 photographs, 100 works on paper and 25 paintings — from a longtime friend and trustee, Saundra Lane, who helped build and maintain the collection started by her late husband, William Lane. The Lanes were renowned for the quality of their fabulous photography collection and among the first to earnestly collect American modernist works.

To give some perspective on the enormity of the news for the MFA, their photography collection in total jumps from 3,000 to 9,000 based on this donation alone! Notably, the entire photographic estate of Charles Sheeler is included here, comprised of 2,500 images; there are also another 2,500 photographs by Edward Weston, 500 by Ansel Adams, plus works by Imogen Cunningham and Brett Weston, rounding out the rest of the photographers represented. Other artists represented in the collection include Stuart Davis, John Marin, Hyman Bloom, Franz Kline, Georgia O’Keeffe and Arthur Dove. A stipulation of the gift is that the Lane Collection be generously shared with other institutions — so if you can’t make it to the MFA, we advise you to keep an eye on their travelling exhibition plans!