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Weisman Museum Receives Largest Ever Donation of Art

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This May the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art received almost 50 works of art from the estate of Peggy and Eric Lieber, the largest donation of art ever received by the museum. “Celebrating Two Decades: The Peggy and Eric Lieber Collection” focused on contemporary American works and remained on display through August 4. This new gift adds to previous gifts of over a dozen works donated by the Liebers beginning in 2001.

“This donation adds significant depth to our holdings of contemporary art,” says Michael Zakian, Weisman Museum director. “Eric Lieber had studied art before entering a career in television and was always drawn to works that reveal the artist’s creative process. This interest in unconventional methods and materials shaped the works he collected.”

Highlights of the Lieber collection include key works by renowned California artists such as Llyn Foulkes, Tim Hawkinson, David Hockney, and more. The collection is strong in Post- Minimalism, Process, and Assemblage Art, but it also includes examples of Pop Art.

Besides the California component, the collection is also strong in work by American artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Butterfield, Chuck Close, Nathan Oliveira, Larry Rivers, Andres Serrano, and Sean Scully.

The Liebers enjoyed long careers as television producers. Eric Lieber (dec. 2008) created and executive-produced TV’s long-running dating show Love Connection. Peggy Lieber (dec. 2012) specialized in working with musicians and produced television specials for Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, and Herb Alpert.

More information: arts.pepperdine.edu/museum