Raymond Nasher

He wanted to give away his massive sculpture collection without really giving it away, so he cut a sweet deal with the city of dallas—and elevated the politics of philanthropy to a high art.

Glasses clinked and champagne flowed in downtown Dallas to celebrate the big win over New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. But this time the victory was in art, not football—and Dallas’ most valuable player wasn’t Troy Aikman or Emmitt Smith, but multimillionaire banker and developer Raymond D. Nasher. After years of being courted by world-famous museums, Nasher announced in April that Dallas would get part of the more-than-three-hundred-piece sculpture collection he and his late wife, Patsy, had amassed over more than thirty years. Even better, he would build a two-acre sculpture garden in the downtown arts district—between the Dallas Museum of Art ( DMA) and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center—where works in bronze, steel, aluminum, and stone by masters such as Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, and Auguste Rodin would be

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