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The celebrated oncologist and philanthropist Luther W. Brady bequeathed more than 130 works of art to the George Washington University with an equally generous gift of artwork also going to The Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA. The works represent a transformative gift to the GW Collection containing paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists, including Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Nancy Graves, Richard Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Sean Scully, and Frank Stella. Among the featured pieces are Howard Hodgkin’s Heat (2003), Barbara Hepworth’s Autumn Day (1968), Jules Olitski’s Pleasures 3 (2001), and bronze maquettes by Henry Moore.  Showcasing Dr. Brady’s continuing impact on GW, the exhibit will bring works by important artists in close proximity to students and classes in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.  

A triple alumnus of George Washington University, Luther W. Brady built a remarkable legacy in medicine, academia, and the arts. Brady was a leading radiation oncologist and a dedicated patron of the arts, serving on a number of museum boards and supporting prestigious institutions like the National Gallery of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Brady took an active role in the stewardship of the university and its institutions, serving on the GW Board of Trustees for over 20 years and sitting on the Board of Directors of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Brady died in 2018 at age 92.

Image shown: Kit White, City, 2006, oil on wood panel. Gift of the Estate of Luther W. Brady, 2023. © Kit White Photo: Mitro Hood

On View: September 28, 2023 - March 16, 2024, Wednesday - Friday, 1-5 pm. Please use the New York Avenue entrance.

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