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Old 03-18-2007, 04:25 AM
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Arts patron Raymond D. Nasher dies

Arts patron Raymond D. Nasher dies

MARCH 17, 2007, DALLAS: Raymond D. Nasher, an arts patron who helped establish museums in Texas and North Carolina and made a fortune in banking and real estate, died. He was 85.

Nasher died Friday in a Dallas hospital, .....

Nasher and his late wife, Patsy, amassed what one expert described as the "world's greatest private collection of modern and contemporary sculpture." The real estate developer was also considered a pioneer in placing sculptures in commercial retail complexes.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, which opened in 2003, includes pieces by Willem de Kooning, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso.

In 2005, the Nasher Museum of Art opened at Duke University, his alma mater. Nasher donated $10 million to fund construction of the $23 million museum and loaned his private collection for its exhibits. ....
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Re: Arts patron Raymond D. Nasher dies

Wow... strange feeling. I met him last wednesday for the first time. Very nice person.

Of course he was old, but he seemed okay. I'm a bit shocked by the news.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:31 AM
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Wow... strange feeling. I met him last wednesday for the first time. Very nice person...
At first I wonder. If you are based in Paris, why you would see him there just two days before he died in Dallas. This story below explains it. He was very active in support of sculptural art in Paris, and on the flight back across the Atlantic, he started not feeling well.

You are among the last to see him, a great indefatigable patron of 20th-century sculpture.

'A man of all seasons'

March 20, 2007

With the benefit of hindsight, developer and arts patron Raymond D. Nasher's visit to Paris last week was a fitting valedictory lap for the visionary who, with his late wife, Patsy, amassed the world's finest collection of 20th-century sculpture and offered it to his adopted hometown in the Nasher Sculpture Center.

He was memorialized at a private service Monday, and friends offered fresh details of his final days.

Upon his return from Paris on Thursday, Mr. Nasher had planned to attend a Matisse symposium Friday night at the Dallas Museum of Art. Next week, he was supposed to welcome his grandson, David Haemisegger, and 100 classmates to the sculpture center. In June, he would be off to China.

But somewhere over the Atlantic on Thursday, he developed an upset stomach. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, he walked off the plane and was taken to a local hospital, where he died Friday morning.....

In Paris, Mr. Nasher, 85, had been ebullient as he and about a dozen supporters of the Nasher Sculpture Center visited venerated art venues. "You can't believe the adulation the people there had for him," said philanthropist Nancy Dedman, who joined the group with her daughter, Patty. Other travelers included Susan Marcus, Jeanne Marie Clossey, Pat Patterson, Rob Kendall, former Dallas Museum of Art director Rick Brettell and Mr. Nasher's close friend Joanne Bilby.

Mr. Nasher and the group visited Renzo Piano, architect of the Nasher Sculpture Center, in his Paris studio. On Wednesday they all headed to the Louvre, where Mr. Nasher spoke at a symposium on urban sculpture gardens.

"He was wonderful," Ms. Clossey said of the Louvre presentation. .....
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:12 PM
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Yes, we met at the Louvres' sculpture symposium conference.

Now you get the bottom of the story, thanks for the post tho.

Let's do stuff while we can,
Best,
Philippe.

PS: still sad
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