Steven A. Cohen, Who Could Really Use Some Good Press Right Now, Gives MoMA Twombly, Ruscha, Kippenberger and Doig

Cohen. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Cohen. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

At The New York Times Carol Vogel reports that the Museum of Modern Art has recently received a number of important donations, most notably from Steven A. Cohen, the collector and hedge funder currently the subject of a major insider trading investigation.

From The Times:

Among the completed gifts from [Cohen] and his wife, Alexandra, is an untitled painting by the German artist Martin Kippenberger from his series “Dear Painter, Paint for Me.” It is a photograph of Kippenberger seated on a discarded sofa on a New York City sidewalk. Another is “Rancho,” a 1968 canvas by Ed Ruscha — one of his so-called “liquid letters” paintings, or canvases with letters rendered in a trompe-l’oeil manner so they appear to be dripping down the canvas or are still wet. A third Cohen gift is an untitled Cy Twombly sculpture from 1955.

More recently the Cohens gave MoMA “House of Flowers (see you there),” a painting by the British artist Peter Doig from 2007-9. It’s a colorful canvas depicting a lone, shirtless man.

You have to wonder about the timing, since he sure could use some good press right now. “Your honor, my client is a major philanthropist who recently donated works worth millions of dollars…” Can’t you hear it? Still, we got some art out of the whole thing, so be happy, people.